Sage Cafe

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620-658 Terrigal Dr, Erina, New South Wales, 2250

Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe overlooking the Hive area of the Erina Fair shopping center. Emphasis is on simple ingredients with lots of salads and bowls. Many options start out as vegan, such as the low carb breakfast, the pan-full of goodness, the yellow split pea & vegetable curry, and several others. Has chia pudding breakfast bowl.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Fusion, Australian, Non-veg

1 Reviews

First Review by JackSlack

An inviting atmosphere and good, if simple food - Edit

There's a certain line of thinking that we cook too much — Food tastes good, so why get in the way of that? Why not cook to emphasise the flavour of the natural ingredients, and stay out of their way? This isn't raw food, to be clear, we're still talking about sauteing mushrooms or baking potato, but the goal is to separate flavours, let them be appreciated on their own, and enjoy food on its own terms.

This is the mindset Sage cafe operates in. A light, airy cafe in the Erina Fair shopping complex, it tends less toward fancy baking or elaborate wet dishes, and rather toward plates, bowls and pans of ingredients cooked well and presented simply.

There is an absolute charm to this approach; I love that it treats the guest as a participant in their food, choosing to mix ingredients on their own terms and experiment with flavour combinations. Here, the flavours are by nature subtle, and it works.

However, I feel that when they try something other than this, the flavours remain a bit too subtle for their own good. (eg. Yellow Split Pea Curry.) I would appreciate a few more strong flavours in their menu, if only for variety.

Beyond that, the coffee is decent but not much more; and the service is perfunctory at best. These issues also hold the cafe back.

Still, they win points for clearly showing their vegan options and having a wide variety of vegan options on hand.

Pros: Well signed vegan options, "Natural" plates and bowls well presented; tasty

Cons: Service could be better, Curries, etc. could be stronger flavoured

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