Nourishing Quarter is a new addition to the vegetarian scene but in a fortunate position next to the super-popular Norfolk on Cleveland Street. They have a unique approach, in that they fuse the healing properties of Latin American ingredients with exotic Asian and Mediterranean soul foods. The result? A flavoursome and exciting menu that satisfies and astounds even the strictest of carnivores. I recommend the Pretty Dumplings ($12.50/4). As their name suggests they’re delicate Asian dumplings with Royal Quinoa grains, diced tofu and vegetables, wrapped in wheat dumpling dough – so silky you’ll want to get into bed with them. The Sacred Khot ($12.50/5) are savoury Vietnamese tarts served on Vietnamese mint leaves, almost like pancakes but sturdier, holding mung bean mix, spring onions and carrots. This dainty food suits the china-shop decor of the restaurant. Passage to India ($16.50) is an expedition in a bowl, the warm Indian flavours with tofu and grainy Latin textures will satisfy a nomad’s hunger. The Sacred Congee ($12.50) may look like porridge but there is nothing boring about the tangy Vietnamese flavours with pickled ginger, Spanish onions and chilli elements. Owner Nam admits it’s poor people’s ingredients in the kitchen, but what’s on the plate is certainly not poor in flavour.
315 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Ph: (02) 8399 0888 www.bnourished.com.au