This week I ventured away from my cozy (albeit temporary) home on the Sunshine Coast for some more Australian adventures. While I miss the three boys I’ve been watching, I’m loving the backpacking lifestyle. But, before we move on, I must tell you about my FAVORITE restaurant on the Sunshine Coast- The Paleo Place!
Located in Caloundra on the southernmost bit of the Sunshine Coast, you’ll be able to chill at the beach or possibly check out the market while your in town as well. The Paleo Place serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7:30-14:30, and hosts a special dinner service on Saturday nights. (I unfortunately never made it down for a dinner service as the only Saturday I had free was Easter weekend when they were closed.)
Now, I don’t follow a paleo diet. And, in fact, many paleo restaurants that I’ve found in the past haven’t been up my tastebud alley. (I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Cultured Caveman in Oregon as I found their food to be rather dry.) BUT, this restaurant is NOTHING like that. The food is simply delicious! (While yes, it is all gluten and dairy free, it tastes like the meals my mum makes back home.)
I’ll begin with the drinks since you can actually come in at 7 AM for coffee even though food service doesn’t begin until 7:30. Now, I don’t drink coffee, but my friend enjoyed his drink. And, for my simple review, I thought it was rather pretty! 😂
I took on the smoothie. I love my smoothes, and this one was made well. Not only is it gorgeous, but it was smooth in texture and rich in flavor. And, it was definitely served at the proper temperature. Certainly a delicious addition to my meal.
Next, comes the food, where many paleo places can lose my review!
If you’re like me or my friend, when you read the jalapeño chicken tower description, your mouth began watering. Well, after playing “Rocks, Paper, Scissors, my friend ordered the dish.” (We wanted to try a couple of different menu items in case one was bad!) He nearly ordered it without the beetroot. (Since, let’s be honest, most of us are not fans of beetroot.)
BUT, apparently in the end the beetroot is essential to the balance of flavors in the dish and he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. And, while not the most beautiful picture, you can see all the tasty layers in this dish. Definitely a solid choice if you come to the Paleo Place!
As the loser of “Rocks, Paper, Scissors,” I tried the beef tacos. And, if you follow my blog, you know I order anything that comes with sweet potato fries. I simply love sweet potatoes! These ones were nice because they weren’t heavily fried (although sometimes that is what I’m in the mood to eat).
The tacos themselves had a mouthwatering blend of flavors. It was spicy enough that you appreciated the balance of the avocados, but not too spicy. The taco shells fell apart a little bit, but they were tasty as well. One thing, after a few months down here, I’m certain that I will never like avocados as much as the Aussies! (It worked well in this dish though. I promise.)
Both my friend and I agreed this is one of the best meals we’ve had since arriving in Australia. Granted we’re both backpacking and not eating the most gourmet meals. BUT, since he has the option of all the gluten-filled restaurants as well. I would take that as a very high recommendation! 🙂