Thursday, December 22, 2011

Green Eat

Green eat (Reconquista 690) calls itself a cafe and minimarket, but in my opinion it's more like a lunchtime lounge, with an environment that invites you to have a snack or drink and settle in for a while. With dozens of places to sit, a myriad of healthy snacks and drinks, plus wifi and power outlets, you'll want to take advantage.
It caters specifically to the business crowd, which means unfortunately limited hours, Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm. However, the upside of this is a wide selection of high quality food and and quick service. Emphasis is on the quality, and their company motto is not only posted on the wall throughout the restaurant but also on food packing in amended forms. "In green eat rich and healthy goes from the hand. Every day we select the best ingredients to make our foods. We think that own recipes reflect our style, and that what's fresh is always better, we only offer what we made today." They also don't use artificial flavors or preservatives, just plain good food.
The restaurant is on a mainly pedestrian street, so the patio and outdoor seating is actually somewhere you want to sit; during lunchtime on nice days it's always full. There are also two stories of indoor seating, the back half of the first floor and an upstairs. There are booths, tables and high top counters to accommodate everyone from lone diners to business meetings.
All the food is prepared in to go packages, which are clear so you can see what's inside. There's no ordering (except coffee), so just browse as long as you need to make a decision (good luck), grab your meal and bring it to the register to check out. 
For fresh summer options there are a variety of salads including strictly veggie as well as those with proteins like chicken or salmon; a mixed sushi and side salad box; and around a dozen types of cold sandwiches - chicken, turkey, ham and veggie with a variety of cheeses and toppings on either bread or baguette. Hot offerings are wok with veggies or meat and also hot sandwiches. Full lunches are between A$20 and A$40. 
For those seeking something smaller, there are snack sized offerings including single serve desserts like cheesecakes, veggie packs, granola and more.
I recommend the creamy, light and fluffy, with a touch of lemon cheesecake topped with actual berries! There's a cute little individually sized one, but hell if you're day warrants it, take the family sized one. A little bird told me, "the grey days...." "are always prettier after a piece of cake. 
They also have a unique selection of flavored waters, made with fruit and spices. Something super great about the restaurant is that all meals are served with required sauces (from salad dressing to soy sauce) and the appropriate utensils, so even if you can't stick around, you can still relax knowing in you have everything you need to enjoy at your desk. 
 {Fresh strawberries and pineapple}
{Sushi to go complete with soy sauce, wasabi, ginger and chopsticks}
{Sushi box: 4 pieces of salmon sashimi, 2 pieces each of tuna and avocado; and tuna, cream cheese and salmon; and a side salad with lettuce, mushrooms, red cabbage and tomatoes}
{Lemon, mint, cedron (a South American herb) and green apple flavored water}
One of my favorites is the the turkey sandwich on wheat bread. The bread is hearty but airy, with a chewy crust that isn't too hard to bite. It's sliced turkey breast stacked with lettuce, tomato and mozzarella. The most recent time I had it they took it one more step delicious and topped with off with basil mayonnaise.
The great environment and amazing food makes green eat a go-to spot for a day of working and snacking, or workday lunching.

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