It’s no secret I’m all into the health craze. For those of you not rolling your eyes, let’s talk about Admiral and his wonderful treats.
If you haven’t heard of Monk Bodhi Dharma from Marwin Shaw, the first restaurant from the team behind Admiral, start Googling. Like, now. I’ll wait.
So now you know that Monk Bodhi Dharma is all about specialty coffee and teas alongside a killer menu that features gluten free, raw, and vegan dishes. Now we can get back to Admiral Cheng Ho, their newest opening on Johnston Street in Abbotsford. Let me give you a hint, they offer the same category of drinkables and eatables. Just in a more convenient location for us Northsiders.
The interior is made up of recycled and salvaged materials, creating that relaxed, yet well-made, industrial look. It’s comfortable, it’s familiar and it’s the perfect place for brunch.
Starting with coffee is no easy feat. Of course, you can order a skinny cap and be on your way, but if you’re interested in brews, you can choose from a changing six grinders operating each day. Sometimes they will be seriously premium and cost $20 a cup. Other times not so much.
Now you’ve got a coffee we can get to the menu. As I said before, they cater for the health conscious among us.
The Cheng’s Granola is a mix of spiced raw granola served with seasonable fruit, house made hazelnut milk and what tasted like sweetened cashew cream. It’s sweet, filling, and delicious. All the while, rather virtuous.
Umami Mushrooms sees slow roasted king oyster, shitake, oyster, and swiss brown mushrooms served on house made pumpkin, spinach, and sundried tomato bread topped with goats cheese, thyme, and red chilli oil.
It wouldn’t be Melbourne if there was no smashed avo on the menu, and the Avoca Ho a mix of avocado, feta, mint, and lemon served on organic sourdough, will give the rest of Melbourne a run for their money.
For those who care about gluten free and raw options this is a keeper. For those who don’t, it’s just as good. Don’t expect bacon and sausage, however.