Started by a passionate pair Gretta Carney and Fleur du Fresne, in December of last year, Hapī Clean Kai Co-Op was founded on strong philosophies around physical and emotional wellbeing. A philosophy that saw me (and those eating next to me) ordering Hapī's wholesome take on ice cream at 9.30 in the morning.
Hapī's style of food fits especially well with those who take breakfast seriously. They offer elaborate acai and raw granola bowls filled with combinations of berries, banana and apple along with all the superfood toppings you could ask for (bee pollen, goji berries and LSA all make an appearance). But the star has to be their sugar – and dairy-free Cocowhip – the culprit of my early morning indulgence – which they serve with their breakfasts or as a sundae finished with well-matched, deliciously sweet ingredients. My treat came after a breakfast of their nutty, crunchy paleo bread topped with smashed avocado – other toast toppings include cultured cashew cheese and tomato, nut butter and chia jam, or cashew mascarpone and banana.
Their lunch options are sure to tempt even those without an interest in wholefood, with fresh sandwiches, sushi rolls, noodle boxes and salad plates perfect for those looking for a quick lunch on the run. I left with their Satay Noodle Box in hand for later in the day; the raw almond satay that flavoured the black bean and vegetable noodles was incredibly tasty. It's not all spiralised veges and bright salads though – they've got all bases covered with their selection of raw slices, cheesecakes, bliss balls and tarts.
Whether you're after somewhere with more vegan, gluten-free and paleo options than are typically offered, or you're just after fresh, tasty fare that won't leave you feeling sluggish as you head out the door, Hapī's a great little pitstop. Their genuine commitment to sourcing the best organic produce and using it in a variety of creative and delicious ways comes through in all their dishes – not least in the sundaes they're happy to serve up any time of day.