Month: May 2015



One of the advantages of city living is proximity to cafés and restaurants. It can also be dangerously tempting- it’s so easy to fritter away dollar after dollar on coffee and cake. Sometimes, however, it’s really worth forking out for a meal and this was one of those occasions.

Today I lunched at harvested, a pop up restaurant by food rescue organisation Oz Harvest. All the food on the menu has been rescued in some way, either from farms, restaurants, or shops/supermarkets. It’s basically food waste transformed into restaurant quality fare.

number one

first in the door and eating alone- table one!

harvested menu

You pay $15 as soon as you walk in the door and boy is it good value for money! Your $15 also allows Oz Harvest to feed 30 hungry Australians. I arrived as soon as they opened at 11:30am (to coincide with baby boy’s nap) and was seated appropriately at table number one. I ticked the items I desired on the menu and was promptly served the delicious dishes below.

flatbread and pumpkin labneh

spelt flatbread, pumpkin labneh

brussel sprouts

roast brussel sprout, crisp spiced onion, toasted almond dressing

lamb and hummus

spiced lamb, hummous, pine nut, baby cues salad

The food was lovely. I really enjoyed it and it was so nice to eat out guilt free. It was also great to see what beautiful meals can be created with food that was otherwise destined for the tip. Quite inspiring and a little challenge for those of us who cook and manage the food budget. I finished everything on my plate but any leftovers are composted. The serving sizes are also designed to prevent wastage.

If you’re in Sydney I highly recommend you visit for lunch before their donated lease from City West Housing finishes at the end of July. Go with someone else if you can, as you’ll be able to try more items on the menu. There’s no bookings, just turn up hungry!

Location: harvested, 56 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW
Opening times: Every Tuesday & Wednesday lunch only from 11.30am – 2.30pm (until end July 2015)