When Rosy Thoonen was only 25, her health took a downward spiral and she turned to food for medicine, studying the benefits of wellness and Chinese therapies. The results were so positive, that when she heard her friend was selling Organica, she bought it.
The cafe is half sit-in, half grocery store with open display fridges stocking all your take-home needs, from soups and organic curries, to beetroot-and-ginger sauerkraut and fresh organic vegetables. A glass cabinet holds ready-to-go lunches and snacks such as kale, quinoa and feta slice and raw cookies.
The pantry stocks hard-to-find ingredients such as miso and apple cider vinegar, as well as a range of beauty products that are better for the environment. There are also frozen meals to store for later.
On the menu you’ll find a vegan quinoa porridge with amaranth, buckwheat, almonds, goji berry, coconut cream, chia seed and almond milk; and savoury options such as okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake) on a bed of wilted spinach, pickled ginger, coriander and fermented chilli. It’s finished with avocado and a poached egg.
Coffee is of course organic, and smoothies are made with “superfood” bombs and your choice of fruit and milk. Juices are DIY, with optional additions including ginger, lemon, turmeric and activated charcoal.