Fo0die dined as a guest of This is Life and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
I arrived at the wellness emporium on a Sunday morning and found parking on Brighton Road which was 1P parking Monday to Saturday until 6pm but all day on a Sunday (thankfully).
The venue which opened just before Christmas in 2017 (which made it approximately four months old at time of my visit) is surrounded by tram and train stations, making it relatively easy to access for those around the area.
While we visited the cafe on this particular visit, This is Life is both a cafe and a wellness centre which aims to avoid the cold sterile environment that so many of us are used to when visiting any health related services but instead offer a social and relaxing environment.
On entry, the cashier counter is on the left with a chiropractic rooms to the right. Walking further in is the dining area and an entrance to the outdoor seating area.
The outdoor seating is mostly undercover with each table containing a potted plant of some sort. We sat in the little nook to the right of the undercover seating (not pictured) which was surrounded by a vertical/wall garden with some edible plants (i.e. mints, eggplants etc).
While we didn’t go upstairs, the wellness centre and practitioners rooms are upstairs of the cafe.
The A4 sized menu is double sided with one side explaining the services the venue currently offers with the other side containing the menu. The menu, as expected, very consciously highlights the health benefits of each of the dishes and any dietary information. There’s even a small section for kids, both food and even smoothies. Attached separately is a hot drinks menu.
We started with their organic medicinal smoothies which was one of the highlights of our meal. Beautifully presented and generous in portion size, both smoothies were well balanced and while I’m no health professional and cannot speak to the actual health benefits, if healthy tastes this good, I’m bottling this stuff up!
My dining partner and myself chose very different dishes which the menu comfortably catered for. My dining partner chose a light dish, the bircher museli which she described as refreshing with clean flavours. The bircher needed the citrus curd to lift it to the next level (and in her case, it needed a little more in the bowl). Meanwhile, I had a bigger brekky appetite and wanted something a little more ‘meaty’. And while I have read other reviews which said this particular dish was very flavoursome, on my particular visit, it was mildly seasoned with only the lamb bringing in the flavour to the dish overall.
With the label ‘peanut butter and jam’, who could resist this raw slice? And it was a winner for us (and definitely a highlight)! So delicious with a lovely peanut flavour and a good serving size which we comfortably shared between the two of us.
A lovely concept with a more than comfortable environment to wait in before either attending one of the venue’s health services or just for a social visit with friends.
Dishes that make up this review
- Energising bircher muesli; oats, chia seeds, Byron Bay paleo nut and seed mix, coconut yoghurt, citrus curd and seasonal fruit ($16)
- Supergrain quinoa with organic lamb; organic pulled lamb shoulder marinated in lemon myrtle and bush pepper, roasted heirloom vegetables, quinoa, pomegranate, macadamia, served with harissa dressing ($23)
- Peanut butter and jam raw slice
- Immunity glow; carrot, pineapple, cashews, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmet, pea protein with pre and probiotics, coconut creme and coconut water ($12.50)
- Antioxidant powerhouse; dragonfruit, maqui berry, banana, bee pollen, pea protein with pre and probiotics, mixed berries, coconut milk and coconut water ($12.50)