Heart Cafe Bondi, Review

Sydney / 17 December 2018

There’s a beautiful new cafe with a lot of heart just off the beach in Bondi.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bondi Beach, Heart Cafe makes its mark by making a difference. Not only will you be giving your taste buds a treat on a visit here, you will also be doing your bit for the local community.

Owned and run by Eastern Suburbs not-for-profit, Wayside Chapel, Heart Cafe is a new social enterprise with an innovative employment program that aims to positively impact youth unemployment and pave the way for a brighter future.

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Through Wayside Chapel’s Wingspan Project, young people facing barriers to employment will receive paid hospitality traineeships within the busy cafe for 12 months. In addition, Heart Cafe trainees receive a Cert II in Hospitality, providing them with ongoing opportunities for employment in the industry.

Jon Owen, Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel said, “We’re delighted to have the chance to bring a unique and fresh perspective to the Bondi cafe dining scene. Heart Cafe is one-of-a-kind and goes beyond quality coffee, healthy food and good service – it returns hope to the lives of unemployed young people by supporting them into paid hospitality traineeships and breaking the cycle of unemployment. Our aim is to create community and an opportunity for locals to give back. We know everyone in the Eastern Suburbs will embrace Heart Cafe as a new local meeting place.”

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Pull up a wooden stool in their breezy open cafe on Roscoe street and start with a coffee by Gypsy espresso. If you’re there for breakfast, try the crunchy cacao and puffed quinoa granola served with a sweet and tangy blueberry coulis and creamy Greek yoghurt ($14). In the mood for something heartier? You can alternatively opt for the zucchini corn fritters ($15) served with tender haloumi, salsa and a tangy sumac labne.

If lunch is on the agenda, there are plenty of options to pique your interest such as their in-house cured salmon bowl ($15). Think beetroot and vodka cured salmon with fresh herbs, green tea noodles, coriander, carrots, blackened corn, cherry tomatoes and mint. It’s as delicious as it is healthy. Another firm favourite is the free range cuban chicken served with chimichurri, quinoa tabbouleh and a zesty citrus dressing. This colourful concoction is sure to brighten your day.
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The drinks menu offers something for everyone, focusing on a variety of fresh juices, flavour-filled probiotic kombuchas and a large range of herbal teas and coffee (from $3.50).

Next time your looking for a hearty meal after a day at the beach, do yourself (and the community) a world of good by making a visit to Heart Cafe.

Heart cafe is open 7 days a week, from 7am – 4pm.