The Baker’s Wife café in Springwood has gone against the grain of standard café offerings, basing its menu loosely on the healthy food and lifestyle trend of paleo.
That means goodbye cake and hello smoothies with curious ingredients like coconut yoghurt, spirulina and chia seeds; lots of freshly squeezed and cold-pressed juices, and vegetable-rich salads. For sweets it’s chia puddings and protein balls, or there’s even carrot and celery sticks with hummous available as a snack.
But before you start swallowing sugar sachets, take comfort in the fact it’s not a totally carb-free zone – it is, after all, run by an actual baker and his wife: Springwood Baker’s Delight owner Dayne Taylor and his wife, Sarah. So if you’re craving toast or something a little more substantial for lunch there’s a range of baguettes, or you can request your salad in wrap form.
You can dine in (it seats about 30) but there’s a distinct grab-n-go feel to the place: chia puddings are served in plastic cups and baguettes and salads are readymade to takeaway.
It was somewhere between breakfast and lunch when we visited, so we grabbed a bacon and egg baguette $8, which was yummo, and a salad $9 – a mix of the roasted vegetable salad with broccoli, baby spinach, pine nuts and ricotta; the zucchini and pesto with fetta and cherry tomatoes; and a special of the day – mixed leaves with quinoa, corn, asparagus, carrot and shallots. Together they packed a texture and flavour punch but if in need of more it comes with a side of honey mustard dressing. Our dining neighbours liked the dressing so much they asked to have it takeaway.
For dessert it was chia pudding – a mixed berry and vanilla combo and the more indulgent salted caramel. Made respectively with coconut and almond milk they were a little less creamy than some I’ve tried (which probably means they are healthier) and quite sweet, but they were certainly tasty and at just $5 I’m sure they’re a hit with the commuter and paleo crowd.
And the coffee – one of the most decisive factors in how quickly (or whether or not) this coffee snob will return to a cafe – was really nice, using The Baker’s Wife’s own label of single origin coffee beans. The tea is all organic by Ovvivo.
What I’m most keen to return and try are the other salads: I love the sound of the superfood salad, made with spinach, kale, coriander, avocado, chia and sunflower seeds and a sprinkling of blueberries and strawberries. Lunching on this, I imagine, would absolve any eating sins committed in the last few months at least.
I hope breaking the mould pays off for this Blue Mountains café. Springwood now has a good variety of brekky and lunch options, and fingers crossed the scene here continues to evolve, even if it means the occasional coffee sans cake.
- Address: 248B Macquarie Road, Springwood, NSW 2777
- Phone: (02) 4751 3410
- Web: www.facebook.com/thebakerswife.juicerysaladbar
- Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6am–6pm, Sat–Sun 6am–4pm
- Prices: Baguettes and wraps $8–$9, salads $6.50–$15
- Cuisine: Healthy café food
- Licensed: No
- Bookings: No
- Views: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes