MY eastern states visitor came back from a jaunt to Leederville raving about Nood Cafe, so I figured I should check it out for myself.
My friend loved the chicken nasi goreng ($15) and was impressed with the cauliflower “rice”, and the house-made peanut sauce and spicy kimchi.
Her vegetarian granddaughter was very happy with the lemongrass and turmeric tofu version.
There was a huge pot of minestrone soup on the go when I arrived and the simple decor of the small eatery was redolent of delicious smells, and a homey warmth.
But I fancied the promise of a chalkboard sign for a hearty Moroccan tagine with spiced chickpeas and quinoa ($15), which well and truly delivered in the flavour stakes.
There was a companionable silence as I tucked in, seated at a shared bench table in the front window, Walking on Sunshine was playing as the rain poured down and people scurried for shelter.
And as I ate my grandmother came to mind.
Bless her, she was a terrible cook, her apple pies were good but anything else, including my childhood favourite, stews, was bland and lifeless.
Unlike the rich, tomato dish before me, full of chunky vegetables including zucchini, pumpkin, broccoli and cauliflower.
Nood is a play on the cafe’s eschewing of gluten, dairy, preservatives, and refined sugar, the helpful staff told me: “And a play on words.”
Nood’s philosophy is to re-educate people about what they put into their bodies and the importance of leading a healthy balanced lifestyle, the eatery’s webpage says.
And because health shouldn’t suffer due to a busy lifestyle much of the food is boxed to go.
Despite a full tummy, I was uneducated enough to think I really needed a vegan raspberry brownie ($5).
Sitting on a dark brown plate it looked a little underwhelming, but the warmed cake with its rich chocolate flavours soon had me thinking otherwise.
by JENNY D’ANGER
114 Oxford Street,
open Mon–Fri 6.30am–5pm.