Joe Pagliaro and business partner Cam Price cater to a demand in the city for fast raw food and an accessible, healthy option.
The compact space is cheerful, with recycled timber panelling and leafy plants mounted on the wall. The rainbow pad Thai is a tangle of vibrant zucchini, beetroot and cucumber with a coconut satay dressing. Like all the other food options, it’s made in house. All menu items, as well as being plant based, are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.
For breakfast, try Zeitgeist’s version of avocado on toast, with coriander, lemon and chili flakes on Spring Wholefoods bread. A lunch favourite is the macro bowl, with teriyaki almonds, cauliflower rice, Adzuki beans, quinoa, kimchi and avocado served with either miso or wasabi sauce. There’s also a steady takeaway trade, with containers piled high in the grab-and-go fridge.
Zeitgeist showcases specialty coffee roasters with choices that rotate weekly, with options such as single-estate coffees from Reuben Hills and Tim Wendelboe, a Norwegian favourite. For a non-caffeinated sweet hit, try the Guns and Roses smoothie – a vivid pink blend of rosewater, coconut meat, coconut water, chia, vanilla protein powder and raspberries. Or the peanut butter and jelly slice.