There are a bunch of beautiful Iku Cafes in Sydney. The original is in Glebe, with another 12 dotted around the city. Most of the food served is gluten-free and all of it is dairy, GM, preservative and additive free. There are tables for those with company, benches for those after a quick bite and everything is available to take away if you need to – it’s fast food with nutrients!
This is an Iku rice ball – I wish I could replicate them at home. They are made of brown rice with teeny rice-sized pieces of carrot and celery, onion, parsley + crispy sunflower and sesame seeds. A perfect snack for anyone or whole lunch for a toddler.
Below is the delightful Iku laksa – all the usual suspects are here; chilli, galangal leaves, coriander and rice noodles in a gently spicy coconut soup. Surprise entries are zingy pickled sprouts (that leave a residual craving), pickled tofu, almond meal and a smidge of bush tucker with native lemon myrtle.
Iku have dairy and gluten free cakes too. Highly recommended is the Iku black rice pudding and the orange and lemon sago – handily packed in take away tubs if you can’t fit anything else in.
Menu options, ingredients and store locations are listed on their website. I’m very fortunate to live just down the hill from one of the Iku Cafes – so stay tuned for updates…