SMÄK Food House

7:30am - 3:30pm
6C Daly Street South Yarra 3141

SMÄK (pronounced “smark”, and translated from the Norwegian word for “taste”) is a health-conscious cafe that arrived in 2016.

It’s by Tom Fissenden and Callum Ellis, plus Brett Graham and Rob Lowther of Rita’s Cafeteria and Lorne’s The Bottle of Milk and Pizza Pizza.

Fissenden is a former triathlete. Together with head chef Florian Moar and food consultant Yenni Gunawan (ex-Rockpool), he makes sure the menu is nutritious.

For breakfast, there’s an egg-white and “cauliflower rice” (finely chopped cauliflower) omelette, topped with tomatoes, sprouts and avocado, and served with house-baked, gluten-free nut bread. There are buckwheat macha crepes, with berry ricotta, lime-coconut sorbet and lemon curd.

For lunch and dinner there’s a salad section and a protein section on the menu, so you can mix and match. Salad options include roasted pumpkin with eggplant, red rice and yoghurt dressing, and orange-poached beetroot with thyme carrots and an avocado dressing. The protein section, much of which has been cooked sous-vide (in a temperature-controlled water bath), lists coffee-rubbed scotch fillet; juniper berry-braised lamb; and hickory-smoked salmon.

The space, which commits firmly to the minimalist trinity of polished concrete, blond wood and greenery, was designed by Studio Ole. Fissenden, who also used to be a carpenter, helped with the build.