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Paleo Cafe

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by Bonnie McBride (subscribe)
I am a student/writer always looking for a new place to try.
Published April 10th 2014
You've walked like an Egyptian, Now eat like a Caveman
Their mantra is Eat Clean, Live Lean and at King William Rd's newest hotspot you can do just that.

Veggie Juice Paleo
Carrot, Beetroot, Celery & Cucumber Juice

First of all, what is a Paleo diet? Also known as the Caveman Diet followers of the Paleo diet will only eat foods that a paleolithic human would have had access to. This means no dairy products, grains or processed sugars but a lot of fish, grass-fed meats, fruit, vegetables and nuts.

Paleo Cafe Adelaide Poached Eggs
Eggs and Avocado on Paleo Toast

Paleo Café was founded by owners Jai and Marlies after their son Troy was diagnosed with a dairy intolerance as a baby. They fell in love with the lifestyle and have now added Adelaide as their 11th venture.

The atmosphere is undeniably bright. Orange seems to be their mascot colour and adorns the cups, chairs and walls. It is a spacious site for such a specific diet and dominates the corner of King William Rd that it lies on.

To their credit the Paleo Cafe does not push its lifestyle onto non-Paleo customers. They do have regular milks and coffee and if it wasn't for the wall of Paleo merchandise and books that takes up one side of the room you might be forgiven for thinking that this was just a health conscious cafe.

The menu seems normal enough, the usual poached eggs, muesli, stuffed mushrooms and then a 'Caveman's Big Breakfast' which consists of sirloin steak, bacon, Paleo sausage, mushrooms, tomato, red onion and spinach on Paleo toast with Paleo tomato sauce. I was intrigued by the idea of Paleo toast seeing as they didn't' eat grains so I ordered the Salsa Verde Eggs.

Paleo Adelaide Salsa Verde
Poached Eggs, Bacon, Tomato and Paleo Toast served with Salsa Verde and Rocket

The 'toast' is a lot like gluten-free bread. It's spongy, soggy and does not hold its structural integrity when come into contact with a runny yolk. I would recommend skipping the bread and instead ordering a side of sweet potato rosti, which is a much nicer replacement.

Hot Chocolate Paleo Adelaide
Paleo Hot Chocolate

Having said that, apart from the bread I did not miss any other modern human ingredients. The salsa verde was full of flavour and the eggs were nicely cooked. Some Paleo additions even improved on the classic such as the Paleo Hot Chocolate, which is made with cacao, honey and coconut milk. The cacao adds a lovely bitterness that is so often missing in milky, timid hot chocolates and the coconut milk gave it a luxurious edge.

In short, this is a great cafe to try, especially if you are on a health kick. They have a whole range of breakfast juices and smoothies as well as all the chia seeds, acai berries and super food boosters you could imagine. Have I been converted to the Paleo diet? No. But would I go back and try the Banana Pancakes with whipped coconut cream and lemon curd? Absolutely.

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Why? Try the diet that people have been raving about for the past 2 million years
When: Mon-Sun: 7am-4pm
Phone: 08 8271 7002
Where: 183-185 King William Road, Hyde Park
Cost: Breakfast: $15-$20
Your Comment
I think paleo cafes are a good idea because you can get healthy and tasty food that you might not know how to/don't want to make for yourself at home.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2472 days ago
I've been hearing a lot about the Paleo diet from my Crossfit friends. Fascinating article Bonnie. I particularly liked your analytical comments about the hot chocolate.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4181) 2470 days ago
Great to have a cafe that, hopefully, is serving nourishing wholesome food. I suppose paleo (that should be palaeo) is their brand or company name because with toast, hot chocolate, smoothies and so on the palaeo thing is a bit of a joke. Just a part of the fad.
by Coachman on the Box (score: 1|50) 2470 days ago
sounds very good - but are the prices reasonable?
by Julia Wakefield (score: 1|99) 2470 days ago
I'm heading there for lunch today with mum. I think The prices on their menu is very reasonable! Compared to other cafés in the area I'd go as far as saying more than reasonable! I am excited to try that hot chocolate!
by crunc (score: 1|11) 2467 days ago
Hello Bonnie, fantastic article. However, Jai and Marlies are the names of the couple who started Paleo Cafe. Their son Troy is correct :-)
by nbcra (score: 0|3) 2431 days ago
Would be helpful if writers could discuss venue size of cafes And was it noisy with coffee machine etc? The floor looks like it would be noisy. Like to find cafes for my group of GFs that we can hear each other talk! Most cafes only suit 2- 4 and more you get drowned out with the din. But the place is of interest after reading this thnx.
by Kat May (score: 3|1434) 2004 days ago
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