Mon – Tues: Closed
Wed – Fri: 7am – 3pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 3pm
52 Madden Grove, Burnley
Coffee: Five Senses
“Food trends – as a topic – are always a key centre piece to any media or blogger armoury. Just like telling a mate that horse five in race three is a ‘sure thing’, foodies crave the insider knowledge of the latest craze. Melbourne is big enough to create its own trends and has proven to even drive international ones. It’s unusual then, that two main food trends are poles apart in health and taste. On the one end is the beloved burger of cheesy goodness that’s killing the bottom line of MacDonalds, and then on the otherside, is the positive health food movement.
Serotonin Eatery launched early this year, and since its inception I have kept an eye on their progress. To tell you the truth, I was a little skeptical of its unique business model; one part eatery and one part personal training. That said, it’s of no surprise that Serotonin Eatery do things a little differently. For starters, each team member is dressed in a slick black uniform and bring a very positive attitude – no signs of Sunday hangover found here! Their service is impeccable; each team member has their own role and were well informed on the menu and provided honest expectations on when food will be delivered.
Perhaps the most innovative aspect to their menu is their hydration offerings. Not only providing an array of smoothies, juices and 5 Senses Coffee, but also offering coconut milk drinks. JoJo had recently started her health kick and enthusiastically elected Serotonin Eatery’s Caco Coconut Latte [$7]. Looking more like a hot chocolate with its cute coffee art, she wasn’t prepared to share the experience. Must have been that good!
Being a typical dude with a demanding hunger level, I elected the Burnley Big Breakfast poached eggs, oven roasted roma tomatoes, thyme mushrooms, alkalising greens, house-spiced baked bean + a rosti on wholegrain Danish rye with house-made relish [$23] as a safe and sure option. The meal as a whole was a good performer; the plating made the dish appealing and tasting the various components made me forget that it was a plate of ‘super goodness’. The eggs were poached well, the rosti was crispy and the mushrooms were divine. The only disappointing factor was the price point. At the $23 dollar mark, it’s certainly at the higher end – and even more surprising considering there was no meat – of brunch meals I have paid in the past.
Serotonin Eatery is more than just a brunch destination with health, fitness, nutrition and positivity being its fundamentals. The large team are capable and courteous to make each visit a memorable one; adding little unexpected touches like offering blankets and attentiveness. The team runs more like a spa centre than a café. That said, Serotonin Eatery isn’t going to be everyone’s ideal brunch, and it does come at higher price point. But interlinking food and health so closely makes for a unique experience. So run along to Burnley and experience it for yourself.
“It was a beautiful sunny day when we arrived at Burnley for brunch at Serotonin Eatery. It was easy to find a park, the cafe was busy but not bursting, and people were milling around happily in the sunshine. Walking through the cafe I found it very peaceful… and the interior decor was very beautiful. Some of the main dining seats were designed to look like you were sitting on a Japanese tatami mat, but were in actual fact well-padded seats. There were also swings for seats by the window and outdoors, accompanied by warm blankets to keep you warm from the winter chill.
The thing about Serotonin Eatery is that the menu is completely vegetarian and largely gluten free. To be honest I didn’t even really notice this first time around; not until I came back the week after with my partner who bemoaned the lack of bacon he was promised for brunch.
We were seated outdoors, which made me secretly happy as it meant my pup Cookie could join us. Wrapping up my legs in a woollen throw, I waited patiently for my coffee and breakfast to arrive. Whilst everything on the menu looked delicious and ranged from uber healthy to uber healthy but a little naughty, I decided on the Positive Pancakes – organic banana flour pancakes with house-made banana ice cream, mixed berries + serotonin hung yoghurt balls covered with roasted almond flakes [$22].
What I found very interesting about this cafe was that the menu is designed to release the chemical serotonin in the body – a chemical found to prevent depression and encourage good sleep and memory. Whether food can really help with that is scientifically inconclusive but hey – you can’t get upset at a cafe for trying!
When my pancakes came out I was impressed with how beautiful they looked. The mixed berry compote looked delicious and had soaked into the stacked of pancakes, and the sliced strawberry was fresh and delicious. Eating the pancakes I could not even tell that they were made from banana flour… they were dense but had a nice consistency to them. The house-made banana ice cream was definitely the highlight of this meal. It was so fresh and refreshing! You could tell straight away that they used real banana to make it.
The serotonin hung yoghurt balls were an interesting addition. At first I thought it was ricotta cheese, as it was creamy but unlike anything I’ve ever had before. JoJo thought that they were made of almond butter. Either way, they added creaminess to the meal that would’ve otherwise been lacking. Overall the pancakes were perfectly balanced; they were not too sweet which meant they were easy to enjoy.
I really enjoyed my experience at Serotonin Eatery. The cafe had an amazing feeling to it, the staff were really friendly, and the food was really interesting. More importantly, Serotonin Eatery is a healthy option for brunch. So you can catch up with friends without feeling guilty about your meal and so I will (and already have) be back again.”
Final thought: “Delicious vegetarian and gluten free menu”