Trendy health food café hits Balaclava


Let’s be honest. Lots of us want to eat better. We want to be healthier. We want to live longer.

Whether you’re a gym junkie, a health nut or just looking for a change, our hectic lifestyles stop us from having the one thing we all need to make better choices when it comes to food – time.

Fortunately the rising trend in healthier eating has meant that local cafes and restaurants are following suit and taking over Melbourne’s foodie scene.

Following that movement is eatwell café, the new kid on the block in the bustling Main Street of Balaclava, and the first in the area with the health food status.

As the name suggests, eatwell is all about healthy, fresh, wholesome food with plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available.

It’s a welcome addition to the area and after only opening in October, this little gem is already attracting punters off the street to try some of their wonderful menu options.

The café is owned by Irene Milkjo and Yacov Swissa, who also own the increasingly popular Lava café-restaurant next door. Heading up the kitchen is chef of 15 years Jade Sharp, who brings along with her passion and knowledge of fresh, healthy food. Jade’s enthusiasm is evident as she takes part in all aspects of the business, seen switching from the kitchen, to table service and working the coffee machine.

The quaint little café is inviting from the minute you see it. With a gorgeous, large open window looking out to the street, it’s hard not to be enticed inside into its cosy interior decorated simply with wooden furniture.

On a warm summer’s day, the courtyard is the perfect option for sitting back and listening to the relaxing reggae music.

Whether brunching or lunching, eatwell’s menu will have you excited and intrigued about what to expect when your plate hits the table. Boasting plenty of delicious raw treats, healthy smoothies and fresh organic produce, you’ll leave eatwell feeling satisfied without the guilt, and fuelling your body for the day ahead.


Average price range: $15-$16 pp. Delivery from 10am until 2.30pm. Mon -Fri 6:30-3, Sat 7-3, Sun 8-4.


eatwell, Balaclava


a: 217 Carlisle Street, Balaclava VIC 3183


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