Many who know me, would be aware that I love discovering cafes that have a story or sentimental value behind the name. Five Sparrows is one such cafe. Its situated at the front entrance of Eden Rise Village in Berwick, and run by Anne-Sophie Rayment; a former accountant who thought it was time to follow her passion for healthful eating. Having grown up in a family of avid foodies, sharing that communal experience was high on her list, so she began working as a pastry chef, and then opened Five Sparrows.
Why the name? Well, it’s actually taken from a bible verse; “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” It sets up the notion of value, and how Anne Sophie appreciates each person’s worth, regardless of their dietary requirements. It’s a rather embracing concept, isn’t it? How often do us food intolerant folks go out for a meal, and feel like lepers when it comes to ordering with all our special requirements. I for one have scoured through an array of menus, in an effort to find something that won’t send out gut into haywire (Yep- I’m Coeliac). Anne-Sophie has carefully crafted a menu that caters for a multitude of dietary requirements, without compromising flavour. More to the point, the menu does not forego all of those indulgence housemade French-inspired patisserie & pastries Anne-Sophie specialises in. The cafe has allowed her to share in that communal experience she cherished as a child; while at the same time promoting the importance of healthy eating. The menu is split into wholesome breakfasts, clean eating, lunch bowls,cold press juice, wellness smoothies, pastries, and my favourite- coffee.
A sample of the breakfast options includes French toast with summer berries; Forage of Mushrooms sauteed in thyme & butter; and Smashed Avo with crumbled feta on pumpkin. Then there’s the cleverly named “Brexit” with braised sausage, bacon, white beans, poached eggs, and chilli jam; the “Spice Market” beetroot hummus on pumpkin toast with sliced avocado, dukkah & falafel; and the “Arabian Omelette” made with egg whites, middle-eastern spices, sauteed greens & fresh herbs.
Coffee is sourced from Coffee Supreme, with rotating single origin options for batch brew and espresso. This weeks selection was the Guatemalan La Idolia. This washed Catuai/caturra was grown at 1770 meters above sea level, on a farm run by Isabel Ortega and Fernando Diaz. As a short black, it had a big body, with bakers chocolate notes. There was also a Colombian batch brew, from a farm named El Paraiso, which tastes much like warm peach tea.
Five Sparrows offers honest food, in a genuine way; with coffee go match.
13/1 O’Shea Rd
Berwick VIC 3806