From French-toast croissants to green bowls – Forreal Kitchen brings a tasty balance to Nobby Beach
Life is all about balance. Sometimes we wear activewear and sip juices in the sun with our friends, other times we just want to wear track pants (or no pants) and ingest an entire week’s calorie intake in a single sitting. If you’re totally into healthy eats like charcoal smoothie bowls but would also break an eight-week diet pact with your bestie for a serve of bacon and egg nachos without even batting an eyelid, then not only do we like you, we also think you’ll feel right at home at Nobby Beach’s newest daytime eatery, Forreal Kitchen.
The arrival of Forreal Kitchen means we say goodbye to long-standing Nobby Beach cafe Barchino. As fate may have it Forreal Kitchen’s owners, sisters Shonel Alloway and Kylie Simpson, were the original founders of Barchino 14 years ago – it’s gone through a couple of owners since the duo first opened the doors to the well-known cafe, but things have well and truly come full circle and the sisters are now back in action at their old stomping ground. Like its name suggests, Forreal Kitchen is all about keeping it (you guessed it) real when it comes to what we put in our mouths, offering hungry diners a fine balance of healthy eats and moreish treats across an extensive breakfast, brunch and lunch menu.
If you’re having a healthy day (go you) then you can start with a house-made cold-brew Vittoria coffee or a glass of bone broth, before choosing from an endless rainbow of smoothie bowls like beetroot and berry, green matcha, blue spirulina, black charcoal and pink pitaya. Be prepared to get little flustered looking at the ‘hot and robust’ section of the menu – that’s where you’ll find dishes like the Croissant French Toast Bake with caramelised apple, maple syrup and whipped cinnamon butter, the decadent croque madame finished with a fried egg, and the aforementioned smoky bacon and scrambled egg nachos topped with jalapeno relish and all of the cheese. Once lunchtime hits, the menu spins with offerings like fresh salads, grazing boards, fish and chips with apple coleslaw, as well as a series of buttery po’ boy sandwiches with fillings like battered oysters, karaage chicken and sticky pork belly – all served with a sneaky stash of fries on the side. As for the drinkables, you can slurp on superfood smoothies, sip rainbow lattes or tuck into devilish candy-topped shakes – there’s also more adult options like martinis, sangria and wine for those partial to a daytime tipple.
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