A Thousand Blessings, Richmond

A Thousand Blessings is a cosy cafe in the Richmond area, just off Church Street and easily accessible by tram 78. It's owned by the same people behind the froyo chain 'Frozen by a Thousand Blessings', and prides itself on serving and using organic and local produce.

The cafe has a very homely feel to it, with the use of wooden decor and soft colours. It can seem a little cramped for space at times, but the relaxed atmosphere and overall service of the place makes up for this. Staff were attentive and friendly, and our food didn't take too long to arrive. There was also no wait for a table when we went around 12pm on a Sunday, which was really great.

As the cafe prides itself on organic and local produce, the menu reflects this, with a lot of the dishes being more on the healthier side. There's also a lot of gluten free options to cater for dietary requirements, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. There's also a display cabinet at the front of the cafe for more lunch options, as well as a range of cakes, raw vegan and gluten free slices. The menu is seasonal, and is updated every three months. The dishes we ordered were the corn fritters ($16) and the Autumn Abundance Bowl ($22), and we also ordered a capp ($3.80) and a hot chocolate ($4). The cappuccino was pretty good; not too milky or bitter, with a nice coffee art on top. The hot chocolate was nice and creamy, though it could've been a bit sweeter, but that's just a personal preference as I have a bit of a sweet tooth!

The corn fritters dish consisted of grilled sweet corn fritters with a miso corn puree and a salsa made of charred corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, pickled chilli and coriander, as well as fanned avocado. The fritters were a little on the doughy/dry side compared to some other ones I've had, though there was a good corn flavour to it. The salsa on the side gave the dish extra textures and flavours, in particular the chilli which gave the dish that extra heat, and the contrast between the different elements such as the crunchy chopped onions and the soft black beans also rounded out the dish nicely. The avo was a good balance to the drier fritters as there was no other sauce or dressing, and the portion of the dish was good.

The Autumn Abundance Bowl consisted of organic chicken, quinoa, mixed sprouts, lentils, heirloom tomatoes, pickled cucumber, herbs, kale, carrot, beetroot, roasted sweet potato and hummus. It was an extremely generous portion given the price, almost to the point of being too much for one person to finish if they weren't very hungry. The chicken was cooked perfectly; tender and soft and not dry at all, and went really well with all the other flavours, in particular the hummus. It would've been good to have some sort of dressing or sweet flavour to balance out all the savoury elements of the dish, but it was still very enjoyable nonetheless, with a good presentation.

A cute little cafe hidden in a side street, worth going for a visit if you're in the area for some healthy brunch options!

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