SEROTONIN EATERY is the ‘happiest place in Melbourne, in Burnley at least’. The café is dedicated to not only making people happy but uses findings from research in the fields of science, nutrition, psychology and design to do so. This is why I'm so obsessed with it, because it has a story, and not only does it have a story but it has an ambition to change things in a big way.
Serotonin is a chemical created by the human body that affects your mood, social behaviour, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, sexual desire and function,” says Emily Arundel, Serotonin Eatery's founder.
I waited for it (impatiently) long before it opened, when all we knew of it were the very vague ‘A Happiness Café is coming to Melbourne!’ articles there were on the internet. So when Serotonin Eatery finally opened its doors a few months ago in May, Grace and I jumped onto it. We ventured to Burnley for our post-Friday-morning-yoga feed, a wet winter morning made instantaneously brighter.
The holistic Serotonin Eatery takes over a bricked milk bar not far from Burnley train station. It was love at first sight the moment we laid our eyes on its interior décor. It was immaculately perfect, without trying at all. From the science-lab beaker water jugs, to the eclectically potted terrariums and the swing chairs, Serotonin Eatery was the ultimate foodie playground. And yes I said swing chairs, which we shamelessly ran straight towards like children. The café was stylishly modern, quirky, but most importantly, homely. Its pine wooden furniture and the cheery eyed waiters made us feel welcome while we lusted after the décor. How beautiful is the marble clock?
It’s time to get down to the food. Featuring a cleverly curated plant based menu that serves food that regulate neurotransmitters and hormone activity within our bodies, Serotonin Eatery keeps our minds and stomachs, happy. The Positive Pancakes (banana flour pancakes topped with house-made banana ice cream, mixed berries, serotonin-hung yoghurt balls covered in roasted almond and organic agave), is hands down the best pancakes I’ve ever had and I'm not just saying that.
We both loved the Nutrition Bomb (a big rainbow bowl with a poached egg, broccoli, alkalizing greens, sprouts, house-made hummus, cold roast veggies, nuts, seeds and pickled powerkraut). Lots of cafes offer green superfood bowls but Serotonin’s rainbow bowl is the ruler of all the bowls.
The drinks menu is something to get very excited, and very indecisive about. Should you have the Golden Latte (turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper in almond milk), Plant Protein Latte (bonsoy milk with nut butter), Cacao Coconut Latte, simply Cacao Latte, a Matcha Latte or an organic Soy Chai Latte? Oops. Just listed out the entire warm caffeine-free lattes’ menu. It is a difficult decision, but to date I have sampled and enjoyed them all. There is also an extensive selection of smoothies, juices, teas and coffees to choose from.
I’m not done yet, there is still the desserts menu featuring raw cakes and slices from the ever-amazing Nutrition Darling. From the raw carrot cake with cashew cream to the Harajuku (matcha, lime, raspberries and carrot) slice, this section of the menu imposes another tough decision, but don’t worry not only is any decision a great decision, they all will make you happy.