the wolf, the bean, the walnut; perth

Perth’s CBD is not unlike the mining industry to which it is inexorably linked, to find foodie gold you must dig a little.  There is no alluvial gold here, those nuggets you seek are buried and waiting for you to find them.  When starting a food mining adventure I always ask a local for their input first, luckily you won’t need to because you have me. Anyway, the hot tip was that The Wolf, The Bean, The Walnut would be on point to provide me a green smoothie.  So after traversing the CBD from my quality digs at the Pan Pacific I entered an old skool, 80s looking mall entrance at Arcade 800 and found TWBW at the very back facing onto a Melbournesque lane, replete with some quality street art and other equally tucked away quirky cafes and bars.  

An example of some of the great street art in Wolf Lane, Perth

An example of some of the great street art in Wolf Lane, Perth

Unlike Melbourne, the sun positively streamed it’s rays of gold through the lane drenching everyone and everything in gorgeous Vitamin D.  TWBW hits all the right health conscious notes catering to vegans, vegetarians and paleo lifestyles with many gluten free and raw options.  Most menu items are pre-prepared healthy salads, wraps, muffins, raw sweets, smoothies and cold pressed juices.  Choices are many and varied with the menu changing often with such delights as beetroot nori, stuffed sweet potato, seasonal soups and chicken bagels. Coffee is available of course and smoothies/juices can be made on demand if there are none left in the fridge.  

So tempting! Muffins from The Wolf, The Bean, The Walnut

So tempting! Muffins from The Wolf, The Bean, The Walnut

At both breakfast and lunch this place is buzzing with in the know locals queuing to place their order at the counter.  Service is brisk given the constant stream of regulars coming through for their quality wholefood fix.  Once your order is in you can choose to sit indoors on the couches or communal bench seating, outdoors in the lane or within the Arcade at the traditional tables.

Despite desperately wanting to eat the enticing array of raw slices and cakes (think raw strawberry cheesecake, chia pudding cups, caramel slice) I kept my wits about me and ordered the green smoothie.   I was so glad I did because it really was amazing and set me up nutritionally for the whole day.  Aptly named the “smiley green” it was filled with banana, spinach, almond milk, avocado, goji berries, pineapple and apple.  It was beautifully presented too with a spinach leaf and coconut flakes on top.  So good I went back the next day and had it again.

The Smiley Green vegan smoothie from The Wolf, The Bean, The Walnut

The Smiley Green vegan smoothie from The Wolf, The Bean, The Walnut

TWBW would be the ideal way to replenish after a weekday morning run on the pedestrian path along the beautiful and importantly flat Swan River or around the stunning native botanical gardens of the slightly more hilly King’s Park.  It’s a shame TWBW aren’t open on weekends but I suppose given the CBD location there wouldn’t be enough people about to warrant it.  Breakfast is an all day proposition and whilst the café closes at 3 you can take home a healthy dinner box to enjoy after work.  Catering is also available.  Clean eaters you need dig no more, your healthy gold is right here.

Your view of the Perth CBD as you run along the Swan River

Your view of the Perth CBD as you run along the Swan River


The Wolf, The Bean, The Walnut

Shop 6, Arcade 800, 800 Hay St Perth

Mon-Fri 7am -3pm


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