Baked stuffed potatoes are hard to do badly, but they’re equally hard to do well.
Sure, a baked potato is, well, a baked potato, which is a pretty good beginning right there. Though any filling is usually swimming in butter and cheese or sour cream. But when I wandered in to Ethos for lunch today I saw the cabinet had a stuffed potato that’s different and quite delicious, savoury and not rich ($8). Served with a side of fresh greens, which tasted as though they came straight from the Ethos garden outside the cafe doors. You can even sit in the courtyard at one of the long rustic communal tables, as I like to do, between the raised garden beds and watch the veges (and flowers and shrubs and herbs) grow…
… and linger over the vegan mango and lime cake ($6). Vegan – no egg – definitely delicious mango, not too heavy, a generous serve that’s enough for two, with optional yoghurt on request (I did).
After all those carbs I felt quite virtuous at selecting two crunchy salads for a $7 takeaway dinner box. The carrot and beetroot with pumpkin seeds mix is one I know, but the Asian slaw will be a new one to sample. Ethos salads go light on the dressing, which is a relief; there’s always that additional flavour added to the veges, but the salads leave you feeling clean and summery.
To eat with the salads I bought a freshly baked loaf of gluten-free buckwheat and coconut bread. To my surprise it slices evenly and unlike most whole grains is quite a light bread, only very slightly crumbly but not dry tasting; the taste of buckwheat is pleasantly present and not dominant, and a slice or two with avocado is definitely more-ish. Add some hummus and/or tempeh chips and that’s a tasty meal complete.
Ethos cafe is at East West Organics, Portage Rd, New Lynn www.eastwestorganics.co.nz
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