POLITICAL correctness can complicate dining out.
I’d given up on prawns because trawling devastates the seabed: even farming is a problem, with fertile land in Bangladesh turned into saltwater pens to feed the insatiable western market’s demand for cheap prawns. That leaves less land for hungry Bangladeshis to eke a living from.
So it was with relief I rocked up to Source Foods, on Beaufort Street in Highgate, with its “food key” letting me know: FR free range; GF gluten free; LFM low food miles; NAP no animal product; O over 70 per cent organic and V vegetarian.
LFM are not only environmentally friendly, they are better for the local economy with food sourced close to home (also ensuring produce is fresh) say the folks at Source.
So I happily sipped on a tasty, fresh beetroot, apple and ginger juice ($7.50) knowing I was doing my bit for the beet and apple growers of WA.
My lunch companion was equally pleased with herself as she slurped down an apple, carrot, lemon and ginger juice ($7), although what really tickled her middle-class Englishness was the use of jam jars for glasses (although a lot of places are doing it now and I reckon it’s just about jumped the shark as an innovation).
I was in the mood for a bit of Mexican…
Source’s breakfast menu is of the all-day variety, but while I toyed with the idea of mushroom hommus crostini ($16) I was in the mood for a bit of Mexican.
Not from Mexico of course—too many food miles (imagine how stale the quesadilla shells would be after such a long trip).
These were fresh and soft with a pleasant crunch on the outside, and were so good I thought they had been made in house just for me. They hadn’t, but they are sourced locally our pleasantly helpful waiter said.
Everything else in this classic Mexican dish ($14) is house-made, including the spicy bean filling, which was magnifique, and nothing like the canned slop that eateries used to serve in the ‘80s.
My mate’s tempeh burger ($16.50) was a towering mountain, with a huge slab of spicy tempeh, fresh roasted beetroot, carrot, tomato, mesculin and caramelised onion, with a house-made hommus and relish.
“Olay,” she smiled as she tried to get her mouth around the burger.
I noticed a bloke opposite having the same problem with his el scorcho burger ($16), organic beef, with chilli jam, sour cream, cheese and lettuce.
His happy but pained expression could have been from the chilli.
Source prides itself on its coffee, using Tiger Mountain beans from a Victoria Park company “not only for its taste but the fact from every bag we buy, a dollar is set aside to reclaim tiger habitat in India”.
It would be nice to think we could set right the world of the tiger with flavoursome coffee. It will take much more, of course, but at least it’s something.
The coffee went beautifully by the way with a locally made raw cake, in this case a rich chocolate mint ball, with a delicious coconut centre ($4.50).
And my friend’s gluten-free carrot cake ($6) was rather fine too.
by JENNY D’ANGER
28 Beaufort Street, Highgate
open 7 days for breakfast