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Published January 11th 2016
What if I told you that cake is healthy
They say you are what you eat, and the Paleo Cafe emphasizes this through their motto "eat clean, live lean". I visited this place a while ago and had the pleasure of revisiting yesterday for a lovely lunch that was both delicious and nutritious.
The cafe pops with a vibrant orange theme throughout the space, creating a lively, fresh and colourful ambiance. A range of raw desserts and clean sweets occupy the front counter area, as well as bottled drinks such as Kombucha, and other well-known health varieties.
The menu is fantastic and probably the best I've seen at a clean cafe. An abundant selection of delicious breakfast options, mains, snacks and fresh juices are available daily. Every meal is inspired by the Paleo diet and lifestyle, which promotes a monolithic way of living. Paleo is based on the types of foods that are presumed to have been eaten by the early humans; cavemen. These foods predominantly include proteins such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruit; as you can see it's an extremely simple diet that allows you to eat as many natural whole foods as you want . There is no such thing as a "diet".
Processed foods, dairy, grains and legumes are avoided when you're Paleo. The Paleo Cafe attempts to inspire people and promote the benefits of Paleo living through their creative dishes.
I decided to opt for a vego option with the roast veggie snack, made with eggplant, capsicum, sweet potato, zucchini, and drizzled with a house made pesto. You can also add chicken to this. I was pleasantly surprised by my meal, as the presentation was beautifully set and the flavours were rich and incredibly tasty. A great vegetarian choice.
My sister ordered the slow cooked beef cheeks with mashed sweet potato. This dish was divine. The meat was extremely tender and intense in flavour, and the sweet potato was an excellent accompaniment to the red meat.
Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks with Mashed Sweet Potato and a Green Juice.
For dessert we shared a raw chocolate cake, sweetened with maple syrup. If you're a chocaholic, then you must try this. It's not your typical mud cake, but it's a lot better for you than the average dessert, as it's filled with cocoa, nuts and more nutritious elements.
The Paleo Cafe is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or coffee catch ups with friends. What's more, you won't feel as guilty after indulging in a delectable feast filled with ingredients that are actually good for you!
I have been meaning to get myself to Paleo Cafe since it opened - I think it's going to be sooner rather than later now. As good as the veg stack looks, I am eyeing of those beef cheeks and the healthy cake,lol.