Shokuiku

120 High Street, Northcote, Australia

Shokuiku's raw "pancakes" with chocolate spread.
Shokuiku's raw 'pancakes' with chocolate spread. Photo: Eddie Jim

Nina Rousseau

Would you pay $26 for "the Ultimate" smoothie? It's hardcore health-in-a-glass, a powerhouse concoction of 15 superfood herbs designed to help heal and rejuvenate body and mind and promote youth and longevity. It's a signature at Shokuiku, the seven-month-old organic raw food and living food cafe run by Japanese-born blogger Yoko Inoue.

It lands on the communal wooden table, a chocolate-brown brew made from coconut water, coconut meat and hemp seed, whizzed up with zeolite (Inoue says most toxins have a positive charge, but zeolite is negative so it attracts the toxins like a magnet), fulvic acid (a powerful antioxidant), Indian herbs (for boosting energy), a blend of 14 medicinal mushrooms, kamu kamu (loaded with vitamin C) and more. "It's really cutting edge," she says.

Texturally, it's gritty and milky, sweet but with bitter, medicinal undertones. It's intense. For the rest of the day, there is a noticeable upswing in my energy.

Inside Shokuiku.
An energy designer was consulted to help design the cute, minimalist cafe. Photo: Eddie Jim

Translated from Japanese, Shokuiku means "food education", and it's the core of this chilled cafe. "It's a place to learn," says Inoue, who has studied macrobiotics and holistic nutrition, doesn't drink coffee or alcohol, and talks about food as a philosophy. "It's about being in tune with your body," she says. "I am hooked on the energy it gives me."

At Shokuiku, only filtered water is served; nuts and seeds are activated (soaked in salted water to stimulate enzymes; the science geeks still won't say whether this works or not); and the sweeteners are all natural.

Lunches are simple and organic - three daily salads, "plus something from the dehydrator". I ate broccoli soused in zingy strawberry and fig balsamic dressing; a vivid, crunchy "coleslaw" of beetroot, cabbage and coriander; and zucchini "pasta" with carrot and leafy greens. They were made extravagant with a dob of rich cashew "cream", delish dehydrated buckwheat and vegie pops, and cakey macadamia and cashew balls. The salads are first-rate, bright and brimming with life, but there are only three so the display cabinet did look a bit sad, despite there being beetroot cheesecake on the top shelf.

The "Ultimate" smoothie from raw food cafe Shokuiki, Northcote, costs $26.
The 'Ultimate' smoothie from raw food cafe Shokuiku, Northcote, costs $26. Photo: Supplied

Brunches run on Sunday when the big-ticket dish is raw pancakes, made from a dehydrated paste of walnuts, cashews and flaxseed. They are layered with in-season fruit and smooth, plant-based creams, including chocolate made from hazelnuts and coconut sugar. It's one of the most interesting things I've eaten in a while, perhaps too creamy for me - and after a while, too sweet - but if raw food's your thing, you'll love it.

Inoue consulted an energy designer when fitting out the cute, minimalist cafe with its big windows, indoor succulents, and hanging LED lights. "Some people are so busy and they just eat," Inoue says, who reckons "people actually eat more consciously, just being here, experiencing the energy of the food … it sounds really hippy doesn't it?" Yes, it does, but I know what she means. If you want a living, healthy meal, Shokuiku is the place.

Cuisine Raw food

Do … try the teas or take home some superfoods

Don't … know how to "cook" raw food? Shokuiku runs classes on dehydration and chocolate

Dishes … Raw pancakes and ''the Ultimate''

Vibe … Mellow, chilled and cutting-edge health

Prices … Small/large plates, $10/$15; brunch, $9.50-$15; mains, $20; drinks, $3.50-$26

Twitter: @ninarousseau, or nrousseau@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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120 High Street, Northcote, Australia

  • Cuisine - Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Chef(s) - Yoko Inoue
  • Cards accepted - AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Opening Hours - Wed-Fri & Sun, 11.30-4pm; Sat, 11.30-4pm & 6pm-8pm
  • Author - Nina Rousseau
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12 comments so far

  • Clearly, we are living in a post scientific era.

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    jim
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    September 25, 2013, 8:33AM
  • who pays these prices to drink a juice in a slummy, hipster suburb like northcote??

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    greenpea
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    syd
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    September 26, 2013, 11:37AM
    • ummm the Hipsters?

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      Freddie
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      September 26, 2013, 3:55PM
  • Just when you thought the inner-North couldn't get any more up itself...

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    legally_pink
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    September 26, 2013, 1:11PM
  • It's about time superfoods hit the mainstream news.Of cause it's a bit pricey at first, and like most new things will drop once everyone else starts to do the same. With all that crappy pizza and pasta's / Macca's KFC, and most take away food places, it's about time healthly food is fighting back. Good work Shokuiku!!!

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    AndyG
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    September 26, 2013, 2:11PM
    • Yeah, 'cos we haven't hard much about sueprfoods over the last few years. Oh, wait a minute ...

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      Super eater
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      September 26, 2013, 3:20PM
    • Pity because so called "superfoods" which include antioxidants such as excess doses of vitamin C just been shown to increase your risk of dying from cancer- a fact that no less that Nobel Prize winner James Watson alerted the world to in an article recently. This is because while antioxidants reduce the presence of cancer causing oxidants in the lab, once you have cancer they reduce the ability of the cell to fight cancer which it does using...oxidants. In addition the cells own superior antioxidant cancer preventing mechanisms are weakened by the presence of artificial antioxidants. Unfortunately the net effect is negative.

      Pizza on the other hand is the original super food, because it's a food, and it's super.

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      StBob
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      September 26, 2013, 3:30PM
    • @ StBob, I think you're referring to studies showing the supplementation of vitamins (in an artificial or synthetic form, as most people take) to be problematic. It is highly unlikely that herbs and natural antioxidants in their wholefood state have any kind of negative impact with relation to disease.

      But if it makes you feel less guilty about shovelling pizza into your gob, who am I to tell you otherwise.

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      JD
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      September 26, 2013, 5:07PM
  • Well, as an Australian living in Japan I can tell you that if you educate yourself you can make "yakuzen" style foods that do not break the bank. For these kind of foods you want to be consuming them every day, so $26 dollars a pop seems a little over the top.

    PS the text under the photo says "Shokuiki" when it should read "Shokuiku".

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    Isaac
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    September 26, 2013, 5:43PM
  • Too funny.
    This is a script for Portlandia right?

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    Bwahahaha
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    September 26, 2013, 6:29PM

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