Breakfast at the Paleo CafÃ© Paddington
Juliette Steen | On 12, Apr 2014
Whether you follow the Paleo diet or not, the Paleo CafÃ© in Paddington offers a delicious range of breakfast dishes to satisfy everyoneâ€™s tastebuds.
Choosing where to go for breakfast is a difficult decision, especially in the breakfast hub of Paddington. Do we try some place new? Or do we stick to a cafÃ© we know and love?
Last week a friend and I were in this very position and after some hunger-fuelled indecision we decided to try somewhere new. Not being Paleo but having heard a lot about it, we walked in the Paleo CafÃ© and were glad we did.
As you would expect, the Paleo CafÃ©â€™s menu adheres to the Paleo Diet; that is, their menu is gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free. But donâ€™t think that theyâ€™re serving cardboard on a plate.
As my friend and I studied the breakfast dishes on offer we were delighted to see your typical breakfast favourites: breakfast parfait, Bircher muesli, pancakes, poached eggs and avocado on toast, a Big Breakfast, plus more. After some â€˜ooohs’ we decided on one sweet and one savoury: the banana pancakes ($15) and the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ($20).
In addition to your standard coffees and teas, the Paleo cafÃ© offers a variety of super healthy (and tasty) smoothies and fresh fruit juices. My breakfast buddy ordered an almond milk cappuccino ($3.50) and I daringly went for the green smoothie ($7.50). Our drinks came out promptly and Iâ€™m happy to say that the smoothie was refreshing, sweet and didnâ€™t taste like spinach-flavoured dirt.
Not long after our drinks arrived, a friendly waitress brought us our meals. My banana pancakes, accompanied by a berry compote and whipped coconut cream, were delicious. And because sharing is caring, my compadre and I swapped dishes halfway. The Eggs Benedict was equally as tasty and passed the ultimate breakfast test: perfectly runny poached eggs. The one criticism I do have is with the toast. Devoid of gluten and grains, the bread was quite thin and crumbly. Nevertheless, we left the cafÃ© with big smiles and satisfied bellies.
With its fast and friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, the Paleo CafÃ© is a place to add to your list of great Paddington breakfast spots.
What: The Paleo CafÃ©
Where: 257 Given Terrace, Paddington
When: Mon to Fri 7am â€“ 3pm, Sat & Sun 8am â€“ 4pm (Breakfast until 11.30am)
How much: $$ Breakfast $10 â€“ 21