Warren & Holt Cafe, Marrickville

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Warren & Holt is the new organic wholefoods eatery in Marrickville.

It was a lazy Sunday morning. I had just popped into the Addison Road Markets in Marrickville to pick up some fresh fruit and veg, and now I was on route to try new a new inner west cafe I’d heard about called Warren & Holt.

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By the time I arrived, the whole place was buzzing. The tables on the street outside were full, so I perched myself on a stool in the centre table of the café while I waited for my plus one. As I sat people watching, I felt comfortable in the clean, minimalist space. The walls were adorned with plants and simple exposed bulb lighting, and I could see the staff in the open-kitchen pumping out breakfast dishes.

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Located just past Marrickville Station, Warren & Holt opened its doors a couple of months ago. For owners Mat and Sophie Budzevski, their aim was to open an organic wholefoods eatery stocked with locally and sustainably sourced organic produce.

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While this idea is nothing new, Warren & Holt does it well. When we dined a few weeks ago, they had just launched their winter menu in keeping with the changing supply of seasonal produce. While we contemplated the menu, we ordered one of Warren & Holt’s popular Banana Salted Caramel Smoothies ($10.50) – a delicious and filling combination of banana, nut butter, dates and almond milk. Apparently great for a vitamin boost, increased fibre and hydration. No kidding.

Warren & Holt partnered with nutritionist Steph Wearne to curate the menu and you can tell that great care has been taken to ensure that the dishes are packed with nutrients without compromising on taste. Most of the meals are free of gluten, refined sugar and refined cooking fats. Sounds like fun free? Don’t worry you can still find organic sourdough and spelt bread on the menu.

Tempted by the Warren Avocado Smash ($17), we resisted the temptation and orders something a bit different. Minty Green savoury “Pancakes” ($19) made with zucchini, spinach, pea, mint and cumin buckwheat topped with goat’s cheese and a tahini, coconut yoghurt and lime sauce.

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To complement the savoury, we also tried the sweet Spiced Pumpkin Hotcakes ($19) made with spiced pumpkin, buckwheat and coconut flour pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, vanilla-lime coconut yoghurt, granola & seasonal fruits (it also goes well with a side of nitrate-free bacon for $6).

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Both dishes were incredibly tasty. We shouldn’t have ordered the side of home made sweet potato fries because there was plenty of food. But the fries were a welcome addition nonetheless!

Warren & Holt is the place to go if you want a delicious, guilt-free and nourishing meal. The dishes are well thought through and prepared with care – you do not miss the sugar and oil. Next time we’ll be back to try their lunch menu which features a selection of winter salads, soups and a “wild caught” fish of the day. Or perhaps even for a coffee and slice of one of their raw desserts made by local Sydney suppliers like Loco Love.

Warren + Holt
415 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Open Wednesday – Monday (7am – 3pm and 8am on Sundays), closed Tuesday.
http://www.warrenandholt.com.au/

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