I met up with a good friend for lunch last week at the wonderful eatery that is Silo, and combined this with some food photography – couldn’t resist …
I absolutely love their zero waste ethos, the gorgeous industrial building and of course the wonderfully tasty food from a menu using locally sourced and seasonal produce. Respect is at the heart of this business and we could all take a leaf out of their book. Respect for the planet and respect for the food we eat, such as simple yet often neglected sentiment. The menu is full of homemade produce; from the fermented drinks to the churned butter, the bread made from flour milled in their own mill, and animals used from nose to tail. Any waste that is left over is turned into compost using the amazing urban compost machine which turns coffee grinds and scraps into compost in 24hours! So amazing!! But even more amazing is the fact that this compost is then shared with local residents and businesses.
As you enter the big glass doors you’re met by a sumptuous array of baked goods which include a great selection of gluten and sugar free cakes. On this occasion time didn’t allow for cake, but there’s always next time, and there will definitely be a next time!
Drinks come served in jam jars and although at first you might think it’s another gimmick spurred on by the hipster culture, at Silo it’s for real and all in keeping with the desire to re-use and minimise our impact on the environment.
I started off with a pot of Shu Puer tea, a beautifully smooth, partially fermented green tea. For our lunch Edwina and I shared the Heirloom Tomato, Sea Lettuce and Kombucha salad and the Silo Salad which was a beautifully dressed salad of sprouted quinoa grains with seasonal grated veg and leaves. They were both totally delicious and came served with some homemade wholegrain bread and butter. I washed mine down with a gorgeous 15 day fermented floral Kombucha made of a blend of organic Nepalese Teas and Edwina had a home made lime and ginger thirst quencher.
A big thank you to all the staff who were all very helpful an accommodating (‘can I have the table by the window to take pictures please..) Looking forward to my next meal there already!