Flax and Beets, a new café focusing on "functional food" has opened in the Powerscourt Centre. Qualified personal trainer Jessica Nolan says she was getting increasingly frustrated at not being able to get a salad in Dublin and know exactly what was in it in terms of nutrition and energy, as well as seeing fake health claims, or dishes held up as healthy when in reality they're not, so she decided to open her own café to fill the gap.
The menu was created by nutritional therapist and 'medicinal chef' Rachel Graham, and full ingredient details as well as the nutritional information for each one is provided. At present there are three salads to pick from, two with chicken and one vegan, as well as raw desserts like almond butter cups and cheesecake, and cold pressed juices. The entire menu is sugar free and they don't have any on site, so if you want some for your coffee it's BYOS.
They cater for vegans, coeliacs and anyone on a raw food diet (wonder if that'll be the next trend after veganism), and they say they're hoping to educate their customers about why health food ingredients like kale are actually good for them. They also want to show people that nutritious food doesn't have to be "bland and boring".
We particularly like that the salads come in glass jars (high fives for cutting down on plastic) and if you bring it back you'll get 50c off your next salad. Win win. They're also planning events including fitness classes, yoga brunches, nutrition talks and cooking demos, so if that sounds interesting keep an eye on their social media for more details.
Flax and Beets 2nd Floor, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2
Mon – Wed 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00. Fri 10:00 - 18:00. Sat 09:00 – 18:00. Sun 12:00 – 18:00.