A meal is so much more than food on a plate, and eating socially with others actually has a lot of benefits.

It’s more than nutrition – think mental health. Dinner is a moment to catch up and talk with loved ones, expose yourself to new ideas and experiences, and grow as an individual while you build a bond of community. You just feel better – physically and emotionally – when you regularly eat with others.

Yes, of course, it’s not the food that does all that, but it is the food that brings people together, and at Yabba, building a place for family and friends was a priority for us.

There’s a wide body of research that supports that eating alone can be alienating and generally not good for your overall well-being. Eating on the go and by oneself has strong ties to a decline in health, rise in obesity and, especially for children, eating alone has been linked to poor performance in school and issues with drug and alcohol abuse.

Breaking bread with others makes you more open-minded (according to science).

In her book Eating Together, Alice Julier argues that dining together can radically shift people’s perspectives: It reduces people’s perceptions of inequality, and diners tend to view those of different races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds as more equal than they would in other social scenarios, according to an article in The Atlantic in 2014.

If you have kids, sharing a meal with your family is an opportunity to teach your children how to operate in and become members of their society and culture, according to Robin Fox, a professor of anthropology at Rutgers University.

What better place to invest in quality time together and enjoy a fabulous, healthful meal than dinner with your loved ones at Yabba.