Being a local to the area, when I heard that The Paleo Café was opening in February at Westgate I couldn’t wait to rush down and check it out – and being a paleo website, it would have been rude not to take Alisha with me!
An Australian concept, the franchise business has been brought to New Zealand by father-son duo Gary and James Mellsop and is the first official “The Paleo Café” this side of the ditch (and outside of Australia). While initially I thought that Westgate was a rather odd area for such a niche café, and with it being tucked in beside Big Save Furniture and Snap Fitness – I did wonder how many people would be there. The full tables and line out the door confirmed that this café is super popular, and clearly people of the west are seeking out paleo options.
The Paleo Café offers a full and extensive menu with all day breakfast, lunch and dinner options. All the produce is local and seasonal, and I was impressed to learn that the menu is designed by renowned paleo chef Pete Evans. All items on the menu are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and organic. Whether you are paleo or not, eating food that is fresh, clean and healthy for you can only be a good thing! This chain is a great addition to the New Zealand café scene.
A delicious smoothie menu tempts you from behind the counter, and the coffee machine pumps out cold brews, bullet proof coffee, turmeric lattes and cacao hot chocolate as well as the regular options. A cold fridge offers a selection of coconut water and milks, and kombucha.
In the cabinet there are baked treats, quick eats like paleo sandwiches and wraps, and even a selection of takeaway/ freezer meals. The Paleo Café has got you covered, no matter what you are after – the hardest part of our visit being what to choose!
We ordered up a storm – my husband went for Pete’s Big Burger (a grassfed beef burger with kumura chips), Alisha opted for the BLT and I got shakshuka (poached eggs in a sauce of spiced tomatoes and onions). When I asked, the chef was able to rattle off the ingredients contained in the accompanying aioli and confirm that the “bun” of the burger was made from almond meal and seeds.
The food was served promptly and were large filling portions – made even better by the taste! We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and practically licked the plates clean.
We spent a while perusing the products for sale – a mixture of The Paleo Café branded merchandise, cookbooks, and artisan products that we love. There was an extensive range of new-to-us products that we can’t wait to try – knowing that everything is paleo makes it the perfect place for us to stock up! The Paleo Café has a cookbook themselves, which you can buy online here.
The Paleo Café is located at 22-23 Fernhill Drive, Westgate and is open 7am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
Have you visited The Paleo Café yet?