In recent times, I’ve noticed the trend of ‘healthier’ desserts where they use other ingredients to substitute the butter, sugar or even eggs. I caught up with Sofia (Poppet’s Window) a couple of weeks ago and she tagged me in a photo on Instagram. It was a photo of a snickers ball from Theic Tea Bar in Collingwood, I was immediately sold without any prior knowledge that it was a vegetarian and vegan friendly cafe.
Located on the small back street (Cromwell St), it’s quite interesting as Theic Tea bar is situated inside the INSITU furniture gallery and is quite easy to miss, but they do have a sign outside pointing you to the furniture store. It’s such a pretty fitting, spacious with great lighting! It’s also quiet so it would make a great ‘coffice’. Love that term essentially making a cafe your office for the day 😛
As their name suggest Theic Tea Bar focuses on serving tea and have a good range of teas such as black, red and green. The food menu is a little smaller, with some breakfast options, a tasting plate to share and some small treats. Love their little display of their baked goodies!
Sorry guys I don’t remember how much the matcha (green tea) latte was but it was about $6. Made with soy milk, the matcha flavour was very strong and not sweet at all. I was really impressed because a lot of matcha lattes I’ve had in Melbourne are very weak and more often taste like matcha flavoured milk. The friendly waitress also told us that they used panela sugar to sweeten the matcha latte, which is a bonus as I love the slightly caramelised flavour from the sugar.
Highly recommend this to all matchaholics out there like me 😀
Sofia ordered the Persimmon Leaf Tea, I didn’t try it, but it smelt so good! Super florally and refreshing! Definitely need to try next time I go. It’s also nice that the water was topped up a couple of times 🙂 We could enjoy the tea and not feel rushed at all ~
It was our brunch which turned more into lunch so we decided to try the Tasting Plate To Share with 3 pates served with Loafer toast. We chose the Lemon & Dill ‘cheese’, Carrot & Fennel pate and Mushroom & Truffle pate. Ok… I’m going to be honest before trying the pates I was a little skeptical as they were all vegan-friendly (at least I think so 🙂 But I was proved so wrong! The mushroom and truffle pate was definitely my favourite, intense truffle flavour! Lemon and dill was the next pick a little creamier, while the carrot and fennel was a lighter but just as good.
The waitress was so kind and separated the Granola with soy milk into two glasses to make it easier for us to share. The granola had toasted oats, roasted almonds, honey and dried fruits and served with soy milk. Crunchy and sweet, the two important features granola should have 🙂 Wished they sold it in large bags because I’ll definitely buy it!
Time for some sweet treats! We tried the Mocha Fudge Brownie Bite which was Gluten Free, Raw and Vegan made from Proud Mary coffee, activated nuts, cacao and coconut oil. This is probably the first proper vegan brownie I’ve had, and I actually really enjoyed it, coffee flavour was strong and had a very soft fudgy texture ~
The Snickers Ball was also gluten free and vegan made out of cacao, peanuts, coconut dates. As soon as I popped it into my mouth it was like a nut explosion in my mouth, the peanut flavour was so intense and could also taste the sweetness from dates. I think these would be perfect after gym snacks!
Our lovely lunch ended with a chai latte, as my waitress said she made it for herself and gave us some to try. I think chai is going to be the new coffee! So many cafes are now offering chai and some make it really well. Theic Tea Bar did a great job, aromatic, fragrant and sweet.
So good to catch up with Sofia and hope we can do it again soon! I actually really enjoyed Theic Tea Bar and think it’s a great idea to have some Feel Good Treats and be able to indulge without having to feel guilty.