Nourish Salads

3/221 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
There are days where I don’t really feel like being a food blogger. Some days I just want to be able to eat something simple, comforting, without having to worry about how it tastes, aside from delicious. That’s why sometimes a wholesome, yummy and filling meal is more appreciated than the fanciest of restaurants. Welcome to Nourish Salads.
To say that Nourish Salads is small is an understatement; what room they have is taken up by a long counter, behind which sit fresh vegetables in every colour of the rainbow. The menu is simple, but extremely extensive. The salad menu alone is enough to boggle the most complacent of diners, and the range of toppings you can drown your baked potato in makes the head spin.  
Baked Potato ($9.9)
The way the Baked Potatoes ($9.9) work is as follows: you start with a base of (you guessed it) potato, onto which you can pile any 7 ingredients you want. And when they say any, they mean any; feel free to top it up with ham, chicken, bacon, cheese, and Bolognese sauce if you so choose. 
Baked Potato ($9.9)
We took a slightly healthier route and had our potato with green beans, olives, mushrooms, tasty cheese, chicken, and chilli con carne sauce, saying nay to sour cream. This has got to be, hands down, the most generous portion I’ve ever seen doled out for under a tenner. It’s not haute cuisine, but it was an ungodly amount of fresh, healthy fare. 
Philadelphia Steak Salad ($8.9, small)
I had to have one of the salads, and after what seemed like an age, I settled on a plate of Philadelphia Steak Salad ($8.9, small), with the iceberg lettuce kindly replaced with Mesclun on my request. This was fresh, light, and entirely nourishing; the wholesome mix of vegetables and steak made just a little naughty by the sweet and zesty honey Dijon dressing. Unfortunately, when I was about two-thirds of the way through, I predictably began to struggle – and this is just a small! Chris grimly suggested at this point that the portions here should be renamed ‘large’ and ‘larger’ instead.
Chris has been saying for quite a while that I should visit places that haven’t been blogged very much, and I’m so glad I took him up on that suggestion. Nourish Salads is a small place, but with a surprisingly large and loyal following. The portions are incredibly generous; the soup comes in tureens, and the potatoes form a pile the size of your head. We were completely stuffed by the end, and we still had more than enough left over for a third person. 
Yep, we still had this much left over.

Rating: 13.5/20 – fully nourished.
The rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit. 

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  • Reply sophler 21/04/2013 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for the share! It looks absolutely delicious. I love how it’s something absolutely simple… salads, baked potatoes at it’s simplest. Will definitely have to try this place out when I return to Melbourne!

    • Reply ming 22/04/2013 at 11:56 am

      Ahhh wow you’re out of town? Where did you head? Hope you’re having fun wherever you are! :)

  • Reply Hannah 21/04/2013 at 9:26 pm

    7 toppings! That’s awesome; I’m used to places offering, say, three toppings for free and then you have to pay heaps for the rest. This place looks great!

    • Reply ming 22/04/2013 at 11:58 am

      Hi Hannah, thanks for dropping by! It is really nice to see a place that offers such generous toppings – I actually spent about 5 minutes trying to find the little footnote that says ‘only the first 3 toppings are included the rest you have to pay extra for’, or something like that haha :p You should definitely check this place out!

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