Food For Body & Soul With Mama Ghanoushe
by Sasha Kanal
Feed your body and soul at Mama Ghanoushe in Hassocks, a bright and zingy café serving delicious and wholesome food, sugar free sweet treats and vegan wines.
Mama Ghanoushe Café on Hassocks High Street is a temple to all things fresh and fruity. From the bright, zesty artworks of fruit adorning the white walls and zingy, citrus-hued furniture to the abundant bowls of fresh vegetables sitting like a still life on the bar area ready to be juiced – it’s a joy to behold.
I arrive early for breakfast on a sunny Wednesday morning and already there’s a regular sitting comfortably with his small dog on the sofa enjoying the chilled out background music with a steaming coffee.
Everything is spotlessly clean and the high-ceilinged space is bright, airy and tastefully decorated with industrial style lighting and a glorious copper clad bar as the centrepiece. Behind here is where the magic happens and founder and owner Rachael Burrows, a.k.a. ‘Mama Rachael’, cooks up a storm of truly delightful vegan and vegetarian recipes in her open plan kitchen.
I start with the café’s best-selling smoothie ‘The Green Goddess’ made from avocado, spinach, apple and lime. It’s beautifully presented with fresh alfalfa sprouts and a mint sprig adorning the top. Creamy, limey and subtly sweet, I feel virtuous starting the day with such a delicious and healthy concoction. Next arrives a generous plate of perfectly poached eggs on toasted gluten-free bread with halloumi cheese and roasted tomatoes on a bed of Swiss chard. It’s a work of art, bursting with colour and contrast. Needless to say it tastes absolutely divine. The eggs are full of flavour (they are free range from a farm down the road), and the crispy grilled halloumi is doused in a chilli dressing that is neither too hot nor too sweet. The baby vine tomatoes are super sweet and juicy and go wonderfully with the cumin seeds they are cooked in. Even my coffee is a delight – nutty, flavoursome and just the ticket.
It comes as no surprise that Rachael is a Cordon Bleu trained chef who has worked in the catering business at the highest level. Her business is something that happened organically and grew out of a love of wholesome food and a healthy lifestyle. “I’ve always loved food and cooking. My friends used to buy meals from me, which progressed to me opening a pop up café in my living room, then a café in Hurst and now we are in Hassocks!” says Rachael. “It’s been great”, she continues. “Young and old really appreciate what’s on offer, and my children, Myles, Heather and Willow are really proud of me.”
Everything is homemade on the premises and locally sourced where possible. It’s also perfect for coeliacs as the food is gluten free as well as vegan and vegetarian but can be adapted with cheese if people fancy. It’s also incredibly well priced with main courses starting at only £7.50. There are vegan wines on offer, as well as sugar free cakes and all food can be made into children’s portions too. With yoga classes in the evening and a wine bar planned for the summer, Mama Ghanoushe is already becoming a hub of the community. Watch this space – it’s going to be huge.
Address: 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8AH
Telephone: 07821 604198