Serotonin’s Spring Menu Launch

October 09, 2018

Have you ever wonder what makes Serotonin Eatery so different? Our partners.

 Our mission at Serotonin is to change minds and lives, through bringing our amazing Happie Community together with our favourite thing; delicious plant-based food!

You are invited to join the Serotonin team and our incredible suppliers for an intimate evening enjoying our delicious new Spring Menu.

Join us in meeting other like-minded Happies who love nutritious food as much as you do!

You’ll leave feeling satiated and with a newfound understanding of the benefits of eating a nutritious plant-based diet. You will learn where our amazing local produce comes from and sample our new Spring Menu.

 Join our head Serotonin Dealer Emily, her team and some of our local suppliers including:

Marwin from Disciple Coffee

Justin from Fruit Talk

Ian from GF Precinct

Nicola and Dita from Remedy Kombucha

Georgie from Citizen Cacao


The evening will be held at our new event space Utopia, followed by a degustation of our new menu at Serotonin Eatery.


Tickets available at

Psst : As a proof of love to you from us, use the code LOCALDISCOUNT to receive 10% off  


The Source :

The Source Bulk Foods was born in 2012 from the belief that unpackaged food should be easier to access and a smaller carbon footprint could be achieved every time you shop. Bulk food is as much about providing nutritious products as it is about embracing a zero waste mindset.

Zero waste is more than a philosophy, it’s a way of life that lies close to the heart. It’s about mindfulness, taking small steps to rethink the way we shop, how we reuse and recycle in order to achieve a giant leap for the future health of our environment and of course our children. From sourcing their produce locally to their plastic bag free promise, The Source Bulk Foods is continually finding new ways to embrace the zero waste mentality.

Choose from over 400 bulk food bins filled with all your favorite quality ingredients. Browse into their affordable range of vegan, paleo, dairy free, organic and gluten friendly food options. Keep your taste buds blissful with their assortment of healthy treats. From locally sourced honey to cooking oils, natural cleaning products, and personal care products, The Source Bulk Foods can help you create a healthier home inside and out.

We are sourcing our Nutritional yeast from them (Vegan B12 vitamin bomb); our agave syrup for our positive pancakes, our coconut oil for our protein ball, our cacao butter and cacao powder for our range of plant-based, caffeine-free specialty latte and so much more.

Find out more about The Source here.

Organic Village Tempeh :

Their range of 'Soy-Free' tempehs comes in a variety of flavors, using only 'cultured' organic pulses and seeds, making it easier to maintain a healthy and wholesome diet.

All their products are non-GMO and free of soy, dairy, wheat, and gluten.

They make their tempeh fresh, by hand, daily, in a vegan kitchen, in Sydney. they have a minimal carbon footprint and source their products locally whenever is possible.

They work with suppliers to provide you with healthy, clean foods, which can be part of your meals on a regular basis, with a positive impact on your health and the environment.

We are using their Black beans and forbidden rice tempeh in our Protein Taco, perfect for a mexican twist flavor, taste earthy and mushroomy.

Find out more about Organic Village here.


Fruit Talk

Fruit Talk is driven by their passion for fresh produce.
They pride themselves on supplying their customers with a vast variety of quality seasonal produce and recognise the importance of tailoring their service to each customer’s individual needs.

They are focused on sourcing Australian Grown Produce in order to support local farmers and communities.
At Serotonin, each dish is based on their quality products.
Find out more about them here.

Impala and Peacock:

Impala + Peacock was founded by Melbourne husband and wife team, Sarah & Ruan. Tea is their passion and their vision is to connect exceptional tea with tea lovers like us. they use organic ingredients free from chemicals and synthetic flavor enhancers. They celebrate both sides of the tea experience. Firstly, the humble origins of an ordinary plant worked and picked by a community contrasted by the sophistication and elegance of the final product. It's the modern yin-yang of the common and the extravagant, the Impala and the Peacock.

At Serotonin Eatery, we have a large range of those amazing tea, as well as our own relaxation mix, the Serotonin Blend, made of an organic mixed of peppermint, chamomile, calendula, and Saint John’s worm.

Find out more about Impala and Peacock here.

Disciple coffee:  

They believe that great coffee is all about the raw product. Coffee will never be as good as what it was when it was inside a coffee cherry. As such, the less they tamper with it during roasting, brewing, packaging, and transportation, the better the final product will be. They have a very solid belief that the most crucial components of their coffee journey are the farmers and the producers.
They follow the seasons and work closely with coffee producers through direct relationships to bring the best possible product to the customer.

We have a different single origin every week to try on at the shop.

Find out more about Disciple here.


GF Precinct: 

GF Precinct has an established reputation for baking fresh, gluten free bread daily for those with funny tummies.
Their gluten free fresh bread, baked daily in a purpose-built production unit, is delivered within hours to their customers on the day. At GF Precinct they routinely nurture and promote innovation, instilling a culture that creates exciting new breads & products.

In just over just over four years, GF Precinct has successfully convinced discerning customers with their range of premium products that health is important and great bread is the result of constant research and sourcing the very best ingredients available.

They believe in working with challenging new recipes and flours with different flavours, resulting in a boutique range of bread with health benefits that stay perfectly fresh toasted or frozen.

At Serotonin, you can find their product served with our smiling avocado, our GF Serotonin burger and also our outstanding fruit toast

Find out more about them here

Organic Natural Evolution:

Turning passion into a profession is a dream for many but for Natural Evolution founder and director Robert Watkins that is exactly what he has done.

As a second generation farmer Robert has a strong farming philosophy and believes that ultimate nutrition begins with healthy soil and plants.

For many years Rob and his family were among the largest banana growers in Australia, specializing in a variety known as Lady Fingers. This variety requires 25-30% more labor to grow than ordinary Cavendish bananas and also has a reduction of 50% fewer plants per acre due to their height.

In 2008, Rob who is always inventing and thinking of more efficient practical solutions to farming designed a fully recyclable packaging system known as “Banana Blankey”. Banana Blankey reduces cost, handling and most importantly plastic packaging that bananas require for transport. Banana Blankies are made from a fully recyclable P.E.T liner that fit into a fruit carton, cushioning the fruit on their sometimes 15000 km journey. Fruit would arrive in store ready to be presented and the only waste (the blank liner) would be collected and recycled.

Their Green banana flour is what makes our Positive Pancakes so special.

Find out more about Natural Evolution Foods here.


Organic Vida Glow :

At Vida Glow, they believe in the importance of holistic wellness that goes beyond a one-dimensional approach to beauty. Created on the foundation that nourishment for hair, skin, and nails starts within, their vision is to offer a range of pure yet potent supplements and skincare which synergistically benefit and enhance beauty, mind, body and general wellbeing.

Vida means life. Their goal is to empower you to take control of your health and enrich yourselves with a little extra Vida Glow. Health is beauty, inside and out. They want to highlight how great real health feels. Which is why they use the purest ingredients, inspired by nature and backed by science.

Vida Glow’s Beauty Skin powder is designed to feed skin, hair, and nails with the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health.

We are using Vida Glow Beauty Skin mix for our amazing new Specialty latte: The Beetroot Latte, Emily’s new favorite. This product is design to benefits you in many ways. It boosts your collagen production, increases your skin hydration as your skin’s elasticity and firmness, strengthens nails, improves hair health, muscle repair and recovery and improves your energy.

Find out more about Vida Glow here.

Remedy kombucha :

Remedy Kombucha is a fizzy live-cultured drink that’s tasty and healthy.  Remedy kombucha is chock-full of live cultures and organic acids that are good for your gut health and overall wellbeing. Better still, Remedy is naturally free from sugar.
They make Remedy the old-school way, fermented in small batches using a long-aged brewing process which removes all of the sugar and turns it into healthy live cultures and organic acids.

You can also be assured that Remedy Kombucha is 100%:

Raw and unpasteurized
Certified organic
Paleo friendly

We have a full range of different flavors, ask your Serotonin Dealer for today’s flavor.

Find out more about Remedy here.

Kappi :

Reducing your eco-footprint doesn't have to be daggy.

As Freddie and Emily Carlstrom sat in a state of shared horror, having witnessed the true scale of the waste epidemic in Australia on ABC's War on Waste, the seed for Kappi was born.
They had been steadily progressing down the path of waste-free living for a while. Their car boots were stuffed with an odd assortment of reusable bags, their recycled jar collection was getting out of hand and they were making more compost than they knew what to do with.
Reusable straws came packaged in plastic. Beeswax wrap was only available in that tiny little health food shop on the other side of town. Reusable products either looked, well, uncool or were incredibly expensive.
Kappi wants to solve that dilemma. They aim to provide sustainable, stylish alternatives for some of the worst contributors to the planet's plastic waste epidemic.

Using clean lines and simple functionality, Kappi offers a range of lifestyle products that look good, feel good, and most importantly, do good.

Designed in Australia - made for the world.

At Serotonin Eatery, our goal is to make a real difference, and environmental choice is one of our priority, that is why we partnered with Kappi, to serve our delicious drinks in the house with their incredible gold Reusable Straw and also offering some of Kappi range as reusable cutlery set, or reusable straw to take with you to your journey to zero waste.

Find out more about Kappi here.

La tortilleria :

La Tortilleria has come a long way since 2013 when the aroma of freshly pressed tortillas first filled the air of a quiet back street in Kensington. Their story begins when Gerardo, a proud Mexican who had settled in Australia, met Diana, a passionate traveler with a love of Mexican food and culture.
While Australians were beginning to enjoy real Mexican food, Gerardo and Diana felt something was still missing; truly authentic corn tortillas. The only tortillas widely available were either imported frozen or made from processed imported tortilla flour. Longing for the tortillas they loved so much from the villages of Mexico - baked from freshly ground corn kernels - the duo decided to recreate the millennia-old ‘nixtamal’ craft here in Australia, using all local ingredients.
After sourcing a stone mill and tortilla ovens from Mexico and finding Aussie farmers to grow their corn, they started baking. Soon fresh, healthy, traditionally made corn tortillas were coming out of the oven. Australians were long overdue for a taste of authentic Mexican food, and since that day food lovers have never looked back.

Come to try those amazing Corn Tortilla in our famous Protein Taco.

Find out more about La Tortilleria Here.

Citizen Cacao:

Georgie Castle, Chef, and Owner of Citizen cacao, does her best daily to steer her wayward child known as citizen cacao.

A life long wanderer, her chocolate love affair began many years back in the street of Brooklyn, New York and traveled oceans to Melbourne, where her skills formed a tiny empire based on raw and vegan truffles.

Citizen has since expanded to frozen confections, raw cakes, and slices, actually anything who can be covered in chocolate.

She is a big part of our large range of raw desserts, as the tiramisu, Peanut butter slice and more.

Find out more about Citizen Cacao Here.

Stripped Dessert:

Stripped Desserts is a raw sweet business that was born out of the desire to have a career  Ashlea Minicozzi was 100% passionate about. It is about satisfying the sweet tooth, benefiting the body, mind, and spirit while looking after the environment.
This is achieved through each creation being lovingly handmade using raw, organic, natural, refined and preservative free ingredients that are sourced through local companies and markets.
Before starting Stripped Desserts, she spent endless hours cooking treats for her family, continually finding inspiration online through social media, and worked with a local Melbourne cold-pressed juice company as their dessert blogger. This allowed her the flexibility and platform to experiment and showcase her healthy creations and determined that this was what she wanted to do.

You can find her creations at the shop, such as the Miso Caramel Slice, Twix slice and more to discover.

Find out more about Stripped Dessert Here.

Chelles Soul Food :  

Rochelle, or better known as Chelle, have always had a passion for health, fitness, and nutrition and also love to bake!
Chelles Soul foods are gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar-free. Making these yummy treats also 100% vegan.
So now you can enjoy a treat or two without filling your tummy with nasty toxins, and they’re totally guilt free!

Come to try her healthy treats such as Marz Bar, Raw magnums and more to discover.

Find out more about Chelles Soul Food Here.

Other fun facts :

These are just some of the quality products that we make in-house with love:

- Fermented Sauerkraut

- Almond milk

- Almond Feta

- Smokey cashew ricotta

- Huge Protein Balls

- Hummus

- Sugar-Free Chia Raspberry Jam

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - FREE Nutritious childrens meal

September 13, 2018

School holidays are fast approaching and we know it can be demanding.

If you are looking for a sanctuary to breathe during this stressful time, Serotonin is here for you. 
We have a huge toy box to keep your kids busy while you enjoy your 'me time'. We also know how important it is for you to provide a healthy kids meal that is; gluten, dairy and sugar-free, so this is what we do best.* 

We will always help keep your kids distracted, as we know catch-ups with friends are important for your mental health. Our Team of #happies will do all they can to offer you a child-friendly environment.

To thank you for all of your support Emily has to create a Special Serotonin deal; 
During these School Holidays, kids will eat FREE with any adult meal.

We're open WednesdayThursday and Friday from 8:00am with a gorgeous park adjacent with a kids playground where you are welcome to use our FREE Picnic baskets to create a fun day out for the family and friends. 

How could you go anywhere else! Book at

*As I am sure you are aware refined sugar intake is a significant contributor to your child’s behaviour.

Pssst Teachers and Students (and working mums) - School holidays is the best time to get on top of your work, Serotonin provides you with a creative space, free wifi and brain food for cognitive function.


June 22, 2018

Are you feeling sad? Maybe it's "Seasonal Affective Disorder"

Did you know our menu is designed to make you happy?
View our new winter menu here:

Here's why it affects you and how to beat it

WINTER can be a time when many Australians struggle to adjust to the change of season. The chill in the air and the shorter, wetter, darker days can have an adverse effect upon our moods, our eating habits and our lifestyle. For some this can lead to the onset of anxiety and depression. Around one in 300 Australians will be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD), a seasonal depression or mood disorder whose onset comes at the same time each year, often at the start of winter.

But there are ways to prevent it. It’s important to get natural sunlight, and vitamin D, in winter. To do so Psychologist Leanne Hall says Australians need to be prepared for the impact the changing seasons will have on them. “It is our natural instinct to hibernate,” she told News Corp Australia. “Ever since we were hunters and gathers we bunkered down over the colder months. It is how we are biologically wired. And its effects on our endorphins can be huge.”

Australians embrace an outdoor lifestyle, something that is easily accessed in the warmer months but becomes much harder to follow or enjoy in the middle of the year. In the colder, wetter months it can be harder to exercise (due to the shorter days and adverse weather or even our own lack of motivation), more difficult to eat well, because many fruits are out of season, harder to sleep and we spend less time exposed to natural light. But SAD, or seasonal depression, is more than just a dislike of winter and cold, wet weather. It is the diagnosis of depression or anxiety that requires treatment.

You can look at adapt your exercise routine to the winter months.

“It is not just a low mood or something that passes,” Ms Hall, who has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and over 15 years of experience, said.

“It is a clinical diagnosis and people who have already experienced depression or anxiety and its effects are those who are most vulnerable to it. Those people who are robust emotionally are unlikely to be affected by it.

“It can result in a complete lack of motivation, weight gain, irritability, a withdrawal from relationships with friends and family, a sense of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.”

However Ms Hall said preventive measures can be taken.

“Plan for the winter months and adapt,” she said.

“Be flexible, don’t fight the change of seasons. Keep exercising, just avoid that 5am bootcamp and head out a little later. Go to the gym instead of exercising outdoors. Plan around the weather and book a trip to the mountains, enjoy your time by the fire and go trail walking.

What you eat is also important. “Enjoy soups and curries,” Hs Hall said. Comfort food CAN be nutritious and Serotonin Eatery has just launched their brand NEW seasonal winter menu! Their menu’s all year round are high in tryptophan- which help stabilise your mood and keep your smiling.

Experts are not sure what causes SAD but the vitamin D our bodies source from the sun is believed to be a major factor, while research has proven that an active lifestyle with plenty of exercise and good food can help prevent anxiety and depression. The sun’s UV radiation is the best natural source of vitamin D, which is a hormone that controls calcium levels in the blood and is required for strong bones, muscles and good health.

It is believed vitamin D affects the level of neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is sometimes referred to as the ‘happy chemical’ because it contributes to our happiness and well being. A lack of it can lead to a biological imbalance in the brain. Ms Hall said in some cases light therapy can work but it was important to be exposed to natural light.

If you believe you are suffering from SAD,

You can visit our friends at Soulpod Health & Healing

14 Stanley St,  Richmond VIC 3121

Call (03) 9421 0076 to make an appointment

Also official sites such as the Blackdog Institute and Beyond Blue are good reference points.

Otherwise we will see you at Serotonin Eatery for a happiness boost!

Book a weekday table or drop in on the weekends!

For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services,

please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit

About Us

At Serotonin in Melbourne, we provide a sanctuary to escape from our fast-paced lives. As optimal health requires a holistic approach, Serotonin integrates both a nourishing Eatery, an Exercise Centre and has an Education platform. Our ethos is based around eating a plant-based diet to ensure the body, mind and earth all function at their best.

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