I came to Strauss FD for a work lunch after a fitness class. I was ready to eat – I was starving and we picked the CBD venue because of its good reputation and proximity to the barre class we’d just done.
We took a seat in the alleyway and waited for a staff member to come and serve us. Water and menus came quickly, but the wait between that ordering was a little long, especially due to the quietness of the venue (and I was starving so it felt like a million years, I was about to eat my hand).
I ordered a falafel sandwich (fresh) and my date, T, ordered the beetroot lentil salad and we decided to share. We both tried to order a juice, but that wasn’t available, along with another menu item which was disappointing.
Lunch came out and while my sandwich was toasted rather than fresh, the toasted bread encasing the falafel combined with the fresh salad was a great texture pairing.
The food was lovely. The salad was filled with beetroot, goats cheese and perfectly cooked lentils. The falafel in my sandwich was made really well, flavoursome and the tahini I had substituted in for the goats cheese gave an awesome flavour change.
I was surprised at the small size of the menu, but I’d definitely go back to try some other dishes. I liked the feel of the venue and the staff were pleasant. It was a perfectly nice and easy lunch. for the chance to sit back and watch the world go past, an opportunity doesn’t come around too often and I think it should be savoured.
The thing that stood with me though, was the small escape from the city buzz. It was like taking a step away from the world while staying in it. I had a rare chance to sit back and watch the world go past, an opportunity doesn’t come around too often and I think it should be savoured.