Let me start off by saying I am by no means a follower of the Paleo diet. What drew me here was the fact that they serve Bulletproof Coffee – premium coffee beans blended with grass-fed butter. Just think, a latte but with much more bang! For a foodie like me, that is a must try! So, with my foodie friends in tow, off we went to our Paleo adventure.
You’ll find the Paleo Cafe just slightly off the busy little cafe district near the beaches at Burleigh Heads. Perhaps due to its slightly niche clientele, the cafe wasn’t as packed as its more mainstream competitors.
None of the specials appealed to me, simply because something in the menu already caught my eye. I chose the “shakshuka,” chorizo and eggs baked in a rich tomato sauce served with Paleo toast, while my friends got the zucchini spaghetti and the pork belly.
Before that, we got served the star of the show – the Bulletproof Coffee! The velvety, rich, buttery coffee is the stuff of dreams. One sip, and you will be tantalised. It was just how I imagined it to be.
It took quite a while for our food to arrive. Perhaps they were short-staffed but it was a little surprising seeing they were not that crowded. When the food finally arrived we resisted the urge to inhale our food, but we held our composure and managed to take a few snaps.
Of course, someone had to order the Paleo diet’s representative dish (I think?). Nothing too special, although the zucchini should have been drained a bit more so that the bolognese sauce wasn’t diluted. Taste wise, it was your standard bolognese.
Now this is where things get exciting. The pork belly was baked to perfection – moist tender meat on the inside with crispy crackling skin. The spiced apple puree was a perfect match to the pork and the roasted vegetables soaked up the pork jus.
Finally the shakshuka! It was a pleasant change to be eating a fully-cooked yolk. Don’t get me wrong, I love half-cooked yolk but the creamy texture of a fully cooked yolk provided a nice contrast to the zingy spice from the chorizo. I love how the Kale is also lightly fried, giving it a nice roasted flavour. The nutty paleo bread was a good sponge to soak up the chorizo-infused tomato sauce.
While we were happy with the flavours, we thought they could have been a bit more generous with the serving sizes given the price. Not having been to other Paleo cafes, I can’t really tell if this is just standard or not.
The drink menu had some pretty exciting combinations, like coconut chai and matcha latte made from their own house made almond milk, but that’s for another day.