One of Australia’s first stoner food cafes has opened in Sydney. And while its menu doesn’t include anything illegal, its eclectic offerings will take your taste buds to a higher plane.
First opening on April 6, I wanted to visit this Newtown cafe when it wasn’t packed full of high people trying to cure the munchies. I went a couple weeks later, after the hype had died down a bit. I was accompanied by a great friend of mine, Nick, who was keen to check out this new joint with me.
Upon entering, one of the first things I noticed was the huge marijuana leaf painted on the left wall. What an artistic touch. Then the store manager, Alex, greeted us and he was beyond sweet; small man with a thick Italian accent, septum piercing perfectly fitting for Newtown, and a charming smile – one which makes you automatically smile back.
The atmosphere was great for 7pm on a Friday night. It wasn’t too packed but people were coming and going. You could tell the public were curious about this small cafe – people stopped to have a peek at the entrance before continuing on with their walk. The ambience was impeccable: dim lighting but not too dark, reggae music blasting in the background, and marijuana-related posters on all three walls – one read “It’s 4:20 somewhere” and a blazed eye hovered over the top of the lettering.
I ordered the crispy beef ravioli nachos ($14), after reading about how great they were on the D’Munchies Facebook page. Nick ordered the Dutch oven burger for $12. We all know what the “Dutch oven” is right? The name alone put me off so I have no idea what made him order it.
The ravioli nachos dish was amazing. I first thought it would be regular boiled beef ravioli thrown on top of nacho chips but boy, was I wrong. The ravioli acted AS the nacho chips. Deep fried and full of crunch, the beef on the inside was soft while the pasta dough was crunchy, like chips. The meal had the typical nachos topping: Napolitano sauce, guacamole and sour cream, with a tinge of lemon juice. The only downfall was the oil left over when I finished, and it was a bit of a hassle trying to keep a clean face while eating it. In short it was amazing; something I never thought of putting together myself.
The Dutch oven burger, served with chips, had more onions and pickles than regular burgers would have, so if you’re not a fan (Nick and I definitely are so we were more than delighted to have more), tell them to go easy on it. Instead of the regular burger buns you might expect elsewhere, D’Munchies will give you a brioche bun, described by Nick as, “More buttery … but it slides down more easily.”
D’Munchies definitely lived up to the hype of its Facebook page. The menu isn’t too big, it caters for a wide range of tastes, with vegetarian and gluten-free options. There’s the pepperoni pizza pretzel hotdog, vegan three cheese chill dog, and the j-rizzler chicken and cheetos burger. The cafe also sells desserts, from doughnuts to ice cream sandwiches, and milkshakes with a bunch of random toppings, like Fruit Loops and sour worms.
Believe me, these guys have thought of it all and they have thought about how confused, yet delighted, my taste buds can be. But that’s okay because I now know where to come when I need to cure a food craving! – Story and photos by Bianca Busuttil