ABOUT THE WRITER: Vivienne Cowburn is an eclectic writer and coffee snob. For more of her musings on Brisbane's food and coffee scene, check out her blog 'Pear and Ivy' or follow her on Instagram @pearandivy.
The streets of West End are filled with coffee shops and restaurants that sit amongst the urban hustle and bustle. Only metres away from Montague Road and surrounded by colourful Balinese flags, Sattva Yoga Cafe is a hidden retreat from reality. New to the Brisbane food scene, the serenity of Sattva is a refreshing addition to the sprawling smoky streets of West End.
The cafe and adjacent yoga studio are filled with aromas of incense and spice. ‘Sattva’ means ‘goodness’ or ‘wholesomeness’ in Sanskrit, and indeed, the Sattva menu features a range of meals foods that will indulge and nourish you. Everything on the menu is exclusively vegetarian/vegan and directly inspired by Ayurvedic principles that work to nourish the body and clear the mind.
One of the most noteworthy elements of the Sattva menu is the stark absence of coffee. This is attributed to the yogic belief that caffeine agitates the mind, which is the opposite of the relaxed atmosphere Sattva aims to establish. As a compromise, Sattva features a range of herbal teas, smoothies, juices and their signature ‘rainbow lattes’ which are warm artisanal drinks designed to relax and invigorate the senses.
Starting with their rose pistachio latte, the soft pink hues and floral fragrance make it almost too beautiful to drink! Combining a warm blend of turmeric, manuka honey, rose water and beetroot, the latte is topped with a sprinkle of rose petals and pistachio crumble.
The menu is decked out with so much goodness it's almost difficult to decide what to have! From burrito bowls and wraps to curries and salads, Sattva serves up healthy, fresh and vibrant food designed to nourish the heart and soul.
Settling on the halloumi burger, a toasted Turkish bun is placed on the table packed with flavour: mushroom, avocado, salad and halloumi, drizzled with a delectable combination of tomato chutney and pesto. Each ingredient compliments the next perfectly, making every mouthful as delicious as the last.
One might expect an Ayurvedic caffeine-free, vegetarian yoga cafe to also be devoid of sugar. But Sattva boasts an incredible dessert menu: homemade banana ice cream bowls, cupcakes, brownies and a raw Snickers slice that’s so delicious you won’t believe it’s vegan. Everything on the menu, from the the dessert to the burgers, leaves you feeling refreshed and satisfied.
Rather than waddle out of the door nursing a bloated belly, one leaves the Sattva Cafe with the feeling of being able to launch themselves into downward dog or lotus pose. At the Sattva Yoga Cafe, you can have your pre-workout vegan Oreo muffin and enjoy it too.