NIBBLES: Momo Wholefood Cafe – Dining high on principles

“What we serve we do so with a clean conscience and with pride”: Linda Lodue from Momo Wholefoods. Picture: Peter Stoop WHETHER it’s their own house-made cheese or almond milk made from scratch each day, open-range biodynamic eggs from the Hunter Valley, organic herbs and honey from Paterson, or organic and free range chicken from Port Stephens, Momo Wholefoods takes pride in sourcing the best produce for their Newcastle cafe.

The cafe opened in mid-July at the former bank building at 227 Hunter Street, Newcastle, a building which once housed Soul Foods and before that KFC.

Try this: The smoked salmon board. Picture: Peter Stoop

The building has been transformed under the guidance of Tenzin and Linda Lodue, the couple also behind Momo Wholefood Cafe at Organic Feast, East Maitland. Flooded with natural light pouring in the huge windows, the space is warm and welcoming with accents of natural wood, pops of turquoise, wicker lights, brightly coloured artworks and living touches of olive trees and plants peppering the large corner site.

The interior at 227 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Picture: Peter Stoop

It’s an understated but beautiful canvas against which Momo’s food and drink can shine. Linda and Tenzin’s menu shows off their long-held mantra of eating unrefined, fresh ingredients grown in clean, healthy soil. They use local produce where possible and support organic and sustainable farming practices.

‘‘We are not just saying that we are seasonal, organic and local, we have really put the effort in to follow it through. It’s not just an idea we have read about, it’s how we are and how we’ve been living for years,’’ Linda said. ‘‘What we serve we do so with a clean conscience and with pride. We know where every single ingredient we serve comes from, which is very important.’’

The Indian Thali plate. Picture: Peter Stoop

The menu is designed to have something for everyone: for those who are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters (thanks to free-range ethical meat producers).

Momo serves breakfast (quinoa chia porridge with stewed winter fruits, vegetable bowl, egg and bacon roll, eggs on sourdough), an all-day menu (avocado on sourdough, smoked salmon board, vegan board) and lunch (salads, Tibetan momo dumplings, Indian Thali plates, nachos, frittata, polenta bake, vegan burgers), as well as grab-and-go lunches for workers in the CBD.

Enjoy Momo’s traditional handmade dumplings, left, in a relaxed atmosphere. Picture: Peter Stoop

They also serve Five Senses Coffee throughout the day and an array of cold and hot drinks including their own Momo Chai (an Indian-style chai brewed traditionally with whole spice, black tea, Bonsoy and raw ginger), freshly-squeezed organic juices, milkshakes, smoothies (such as the Almond Cacao Smoothie with house-made almond milk, banana, raw cacao and agave) and Zest Kombucha on tap. Stay tuned for a Sunday opening, organic wines and alcoholic drinks and an expanded retail space selling Momo’s own chutneys, relishes and more.

Momo Wholefood Cafe is open 7.30am to 3pm Monday to Saturday. Phone: 9263310. Visit: facebook杭州夜网m/momowholefood, Instagram @momowholefood.