First Look: Spout Cafe Owners Open Superbowl Takeaway

Originally published on Broadsheet.

Poke, smoothie bowls and smoothies (minus the bowl) arrive in the brimming food pocket near Ripponlea Station.

Superbowl Takeaway recently opened among a pocket of reinvigorated restaurants and longtime food institutions close to Ripponlea Station. Australia’s best restaurant, Attica, resides a few doors down, over the road Ripponlea Food and Wine has just been revamped, The Staple Store remains a health food go-to and all-day eatery Turning Point recently replaced cafe Hawk and Hunter.

The competition hasn’t deterred Superbowl owners Alexandra Versluys, Jonathan Dvash and Ferris ‘Zul’ Khamsani, who know the market well: Dvash and Khamsani own and have run Superbowl’s immediate neighbour Spoutcafe since 2008.

Superbowl focuses on three menu items: poke bowls, smoothie bowls (called “scoops”), and smoothies.

There’s a selection of set poke bowls, but customers can also build their own.

A salmon sashimi bowl with sushi rice, seaweed salad, avocado, pickled onion and crushed wasabi peas drizzled with a citrus ponzu is the most popular.

A poached chicken option comes with brown rice, beetroot, broccoli and roasted-sesame sauce, and a marinated tofu bowl combines soba noodles, charred sweet corn and crushed tamari almonds.

Where possible, ingredients are sourced locally, and nuts and grains come from The Staple Store across the road.

“We don’t believe in messing with the recipes we’ve developed too much,” says Versluys. “We wouldn’t recommend people take things out – unless they have allergies of course. They’ve been developed to achieve, what we think is, the perfect balance.”

The smoothie menu includes The Kale Mojito made with kale, avocado, dates, lime, spirulina and cashew milk that’s made in-house. For a start-of-the-day energy kick, go with The Morning Brew, made with banana, cacao nibs, espresso, dates and almond milk.

The “scoops” are made in a thermomix as opposed to the smoothies, which are made in a blender. Served in a bowl, they’re creamy, cold combinations of fruit and vegetables, topped with extras such as coconut, passionfruit, almonds and berries.

Superbowl Takeaway
54 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
(03) 9523 8155

Wed to Sun 10am–9pm

Photography: Holly Engelhardt.

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