My friend Bonnie gave me the heads up of this CBD cafe offering a couple of clearly-labelled paleo options in its menu.The Gardens is located at the lower-ground level food court on 259 George Street (aka Food @ 259). Hard to spot from outside but pretty popular with locals.
The menu has many customisable items: lunches, salads, omelettes (available all day), smoothies (and protein shakes). Besides the aforementioned paleo items, they include other paleo-friendly ingredients such as macadamia nut oil, grass-fed eye fillet, free-range chicken and bacon, free-range/organic eggs, almond/coconut milk, MCT oil and nut butters for smoothies, etc.
I chose the “create your own lunch” (starting from $12.90, which 2 bases and 1 main) with sweet potato & pumpkin mash and mixed leaf with aged balsamic & macadamia nut oil with secret crumbed paleo chicken, and added smashed avocado for $2 extra. Okay mash and salad, nice avocado and chicken. Not sure about what was in the chicken coating (it’s a secret, after all) but I would say some sort of starch (potato?) or quinoa in addition to nut flour.
Sweet potato & pumpkin mash, mixed leaves, smashed avocado, paleo crumbed chicken ($12.90 + $2 for the avocado)
Bonnie had the same bases with grilled Tasmanian salmon as protein.
Sweet potato & pumpkin mash, mixed leaves, grilled Tasmanian salmon ($12.90)
The other paleo item in the menu is available at breakfast: The Gardens paleo pancakes, a stack of Dutch mini pancakes with coconut, almond flour, organic eggs, served with organic honey, cinnamon & maple syrup ($12 or $13 with sliced banana). I haven’t tried them and doubt I will since I normally don’t have sweet things for breakfast and that stack sounds like a big load of sugar. I would probably order them sans sweetener and with a side of bacon.
I spotted a few interesting coffee options: the crash stopper (long black, cinnamon and coconut milk), bulletproof (long black, grass-fed butter and MCTs) and pre-workout shot (double-shot espresso with coconut oil). Unfortunately I had a long black and didn’t like it that much. Good to know the options are there, though.
Long black ($4)
I’ve also tried the create your own omelette ($9.90 if ordered with free-range eggs and up to 3 fillings). Mine had organic eggs ($1 extra), kale, mushrooms, olives and free range eye bacon ($3 extra). It came with toast, butter and some salad leaves. I obviously did not eat the bread and in hindsight I was glad I didn’t say “no bread” because that could have meant “no butter” also. The omelette was huge and tasty (especially with melted butter on top!) but I do like my egg whites & yolks better mixed.
Omelette with kale, mushrooms and olives ($9.90 + $1 for organic eggs + $3 for bacon)