I have got to be one of the laziest person in the world! I don’t cook dinner cuz I’m too lazy and lately I’ve been so bad, I haven’t even been bringing my own lunch to work and buying it from cafes near my work >_< But sometimes it really annoys me when I go to the cafe downstairs and want to order a salad…it’s always the same and always overdressed with way too much mayonnaise! That’s when I really wished there was a Famish’d near my office! They are a cafe which specialises in serving fresh and healthy salads, spuds and soups :)
I’ve heard about Famish’d for a while and follow their Instagram account and it always makes hungry ~ but never got around to trying until recently when they opened up their second store on 555 Bourke St and they invited me and other bloggers Allan, Lianne and Scott to go visit them.
It’s may be a little tricky to find their new store because it’s in a courtyard of some office buildings, just look for the St James building and its on the corner of William St and Bourke St ~ The building itself isn’t new but the courtyard is new and has been revamped to make it very modern with lots of outdoor seating.
I got there at just before 12:30pm and there was already a good crowd of people rushing in and out of the cafe. I then saw Kara from Zilla and Brook waiting for us at a nice spacious table outside, and introduced us to Georgia the founder and owner of Famish’d. It’s quite interesting but Georgia was actually a fully trained and practicing lawyer, but like me, she was getting really fed up with the limited breakfast and lunch options and not being able to find good quality salad and healthy options. And decided it was time for a career change and introduce these gourmet salads to market ~
We were offered a coffee to start with, I knew it was going to be good as they use St Ali coffee beans. The latte was at a good warm temperature and not too hot, which tasted quite nutty that day. I’m not much of a coffee snob like Mr Bao so I forgot to ask where the house blend came from ~
Each coffee came with a little chocolate merengue it’s so cute, it was crispy and had a little chocolate chip instead. Complimented very well with the coffee and giving me ideas to try and make them at home.
It’s a simple to order, you just go to the counter, decide whether you want a DIY salad or some pre-made salads. If you’re not feeling like a salad and want something more substantial you can get a baked potato/sweet potato or soup during winter.
I chose to Design Your Own Sweet Potato with cheese, mushroom, corn, bacon spring onion and salsa. It’s massive with and so so so filling! I don’t think even a man can finish this :P I really appreciate that Famish’d have the option for sweet potato because I prefer it more than a baked potato. I loaded up with all my favourite ingredients and it was lovely! I mean you can never go wrong with that amount of bacon pieces and salsa!
There was so much filing, I had to really dig to find the sweet potato which was wonderfully warm, soft and fluffy. Just wondering what kind of toppings would you put on your spud? ~
Famish’d offers 4 to 5 freshly made salads but Lianne decided to Design-Your-Own salad option as well, similar as my spud, you got to choose 5 or toppings on top of your salad. Lianne’s salad base was a mix of greens then topped with corn, capsicum, pumpkin, chickpeas, avocado and bacon! We have very similar tastes so I liked all the toppings. Was quite surprised that the artichokes weren’t bitter and had a kind of nutty flavour. Neither of us could take finish our lunches and got a little take away box and that basically made up half of dinner that night :)
But you know me, I always have room for dessert, especially when they’re from Sweet By Nature, they produce some delicious baked goodies. I was having such a hard time choosing what I wanted to try, and that’s why Georgie and her team were so generous to make us up a little dessert platter to trial :D
It basically had one of everything – lemon poppy cake, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, rocky road, lemon tart, lemon coconut slice, caramel slice, lamington, chocolate cake and last but not least red velvet cupcake. It’s really hard to pin point what was my favourite, but if I had to pick it’ll have to be the red velvet cupcake because the cake is moist and fluffy while the cream cheese frosting is smooth. The next would be their caramel slice, with a digestive biscuit base, caramel filling and topped with chocolate. Will need to find time to check out their cafe in Heidelberg one of these days ~
I was really excited when I saw that Famish’d sells bags of panela sugar, as I haven’t been able to find it. Panela sugar (obtained from the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice). I love the melt in your mouth taste from the panela sugar and that’s the only sugar they use in their coffee. I really enjoyed the lunch at Famish’d and can’t wait to come back and try out some of their other salads and special dressing such as their famous peanut sauce. Just a shame that they’re not walking distance to my office in the city because if it was, I’ll definitely be going there on a weekly if not daily basis for the salads and cakes!
555 Bourke St
Ph: 9614 4905
Daisy@Nevertoosweet visited Famish’d as a guest of Famish’d and Zilla and Brook.