La Provence is a new cafe (former bakery) in Lane Cove, right next to Coles. The owners have a mixture of traditional cafe favourites and also some new fusion dishes that are light, healthy and nourishing.
La Provence has seating inside and outside. Matt and I stop by on a Sunny but cold Sunday morning. The menu is simple and clean with lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. There's not a large deal of protein on this menu, there's particularly hardly any red meat.
I started the Sunday Morning with a chai latte and sip the spiced milk with a swan shaped milky latte art. I instantly feel better after a feel sips. It's my wake up drink.
Matt is a bit more creative and goes for a pistachio shake which comes out in a pale green colour. I steal a sip and really enjoy the nutty and subtly sweet flavours. I am jealous of Matt's choice but I enjoy my chai latte regardless.
I need to improve my eating and so I look forward to eating some really nourishing breakfast dishes. The first dish I try is the House Made Granola ($12) which has a nice mix of crunchy grains, oats and nuts along with a side of yoghurt and is topped with strawberries and blueberries. I pour the milk into the granola and munch away.
Matt and I also share a very green looking piece of Sourdough toast with avocado, chopped asparagus and truffle oil ($8). It's hard to go wrong with avo on toast and the asparagus is a good way to sneak in additional vegetable intake. I don't taste the truffle in the few bites I had but Matt tells me he tastes this subtly in one or two bites.
For a healthy brunch or lunch dish, there are some great options including the Poached Chicken ($17) with carrot and zucchini noodles in an Asian broth. The chicken is very lean but is very flavoursome in the asian broth. The broth is light and very pleasant to eat. This dish is a gluten free dish as well. I like the broth and it's a different dish worth trying.
There's also the confit salmon and roasted pumpkin salad ($16). The salmon is flakey and nourishing. I like the crunchy sharps of kale that are mixed in with the other salad greens. The salmon sits on the pumpkin. This dish is simple and could do with a light dressing however if you are healthy conscious then perhaps you'll enjoy the naked salad with the ingredients that leave you feeling light after eating.
I have been so well behaved and healthy this Sunday morning but I couldn't help but eye off this giant macaroon. This giant lemon macaroon looked like a giant cake. The two macaroon shell encase a lemon cream cheese filling with raspberry filling. As it's a cold morning, the filling tastes a bit like a cheesecake filling and is quite dense. I sneak in a few more bites and walk away! I've been mostly good this Sunday!
Summary: If you're a local, why not stop by and check out La Provence. This new cafe is experimenting with lots of light, healthy options to make sure you're on track. I quite liked the poached chicken in Asian broth personally and I also recommend the pistachio shake!
Price: $20ish per person
Location: 8/50 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove.
Tues - Sat - 7am to 4pm
Sunday 7am to 3pm
Weekend Food Escapes was invited by Jenny from La Provence. All photos, opinions and words are my own.