Pillar of Salt
Neighbouring a variety of foodie hot spots (KONG, Top Paddock, Baby Pizza) on Church St, Richmond, Pillar of Salt is popular meeting spot for residents and business-people alike. It's not unusual to find the black-and-white striped window-shaded cafe at capacity, with a line snaking round the corner most weekends. Pillar of Salt prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients and an assurance that there is no processed sugar used on their premises. The seating options are seemingly endless- sit out front (hello people watching), inside the main dining area, and in their spacious header-adorned courtyard.
The menu is equal parts health-conscious and treat-yo-self, with the usual abbreviations indicating what is #health- GF (gluten free), DF (dairy free), VG (vegan), V (vegetarian) and our personal favourite/the rarest, PSF (processed sugar free). The addition of PSF to several menu items is exciting, but also makes the decision-making process very difficult (too many options, such limited stomach space). An Instagram stalk doesn’t make matters much easier either, given that most dishes look like they’ve been created by an artist.
Try the ‘Warm Green Breakfast Bowl’- brocollini, kale, lentils, okra & coconut oil, avocado, macadamia nuts and eggs (vegetarian, gluten free & PSF). One of the more interesting green breaky's we've tried, the 'warm' factor definitely makes it more attractive in these colder winter months! Another favourite is a quirky take on the good old smashed avo- ‘Saffron & Lime Smashed Avocado’- poached eggs, Meredith goat cheese, roasted sweet peppers, micro basil, hemp seed dukkah, balsamic reduction & organic superseed toast (which can be subbed for gluten-free toast). We love that an impressive level of detail has clearly been considered which each and every dish, both ingredient and presentation-wise.
If you’re after something a bit sweeter, try the ‘Organic Wholegrain Porridge’; cooked in unsweetened almond milk, maple roasted pumpkin chunks, fresh blueberries, LSPA and vanilla coyo yoghurt. Vegan and processed sugar free, this has got to be one of the healthiest (and tastiest) porridge dishes in Melbourne. The ‘Californian Superfood salad’ is also a treat- tricoloured quinoa, shredded red & green kale, wild organic rice, goji berries, charred corn, ricotta salata, black turtle beans, heirloom tomatoes, lime & jalapeno vinaigrette (gluten free, vegetarian & PSF). Because you know its gonna’ be good when two types of kale are involved.
Fresh coconuts are on the menu, as well as a variety of cold pressed juices and smoothies. Our picks? The Hulk smoothie (avocado, spinach, pineapple, apple, proper protein, rice malt syrup, coconut water & a pinch of fresh chilli), Sweet Jasmine juice (apple, strawberry, lemon, coconut, jasmine, elderberry) and the Herb Garden (apple, lemon, celery, cucumber, barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa, oat grass, spelt grass, spirulina).
If you’re after a warm beverage (it’s winter in Melbourne, so you definitely are), Pillar‘s custom blend of 5 Senses coffee will not disappoint. Pair it up with Bonsoy or Almond Milk Co almond milk, and you won’t be disappointed.
Pillar of Salt is open Monday-Friday 7.20am-4.30pm, and weekends 8am-5pm.