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Update 2017: Now named The Real Food kitchen, we look forward to revisiting this restaurant.

Decked out in bright orange, vibrant and fresh, it’s hard to miss the Paleo Café. Under bright umbrellas and shaded by Connor Street’s Poinciana trees, it’s a breath of clean air to the Burleigh dining scene.

Paleo Café Burleigh is the latest in the franchise founded by Marlies and Jai Hobbs, and when we visit Marlies is in the café to answer questions about the paleo lifestyle. With professional backgrounds in environmental law and finance, the young couple struggled to cope with the food intolerances of their infant son. Not only did the adoption of a paleo lifestyle solve those issues; Marlies and Jai also noticed many other health benefits.

‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place we could go to eat that only had healthy food,” Jai thought, the kernel of an idea that has transformed the couple into founders of a fast expanding 12 restaurant chain.

Paleo 9 The opening of the Burleigh café, owned by locals Bob Dever and Ray Perry, has been welcomed by locals and for good reason. On its site once stood the beautiful Spanish Mission style Infant Saviour Catholic Church (estab. 1933-5). Besides its religious and emotional significance to many families in the area, the building itself was heritage listed and deemed of ‘considerable aesthetic and architectural merit’ (Australian Heritage Database). Despite this, the wooden structure was partially relocated and the façade completely destroyed in 1999. What had been a place of family worship, weddings, christenings and funerals, for a time housed the esteemed Celcius restaurant before languishing in more recent years. On the back wall of the Paleo Café, above a shelf of Miranda Kerr endorsed beauty products, a photograph of the church pays homage to the site’s former service.

Paleo 7 Once more a place for celebration, there’s a lively buzz of chatter as diners bask on the sunny alfresco verandah enjoying good healthy food, welcoming service and the chance to catch up in a casual space.

At first glance, the menu doesn’t look much different to what many of us eat, so you certainly won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything: breakfast of Omelette, Bircher Muesli ($9), Açai bowl, or Free range eggs and avocado on toast ($10).

But there are differences, not for what is included, more for what it excludes. Paleo includes high quality protein (meat, poultry, seafood and eggs), vegetables, seasonal fruit and healthy fats. It’s the exclusion of processed foods, grains, legumes, sugar and dairy that sets it apart.

Paleo 6 Look closer at the menu’s ingredient list and you’ll notice that the muesli is made from seeds and fruit blended with coconut yoghurt, the toast from linseed and almond meal. I enjoy a hearty lunch of Crispy bacon-wrapped chicken breast on a roast vegetable stack ($16). Other favourites are Salmon on sweet potato mash with grilled asparagus and lemon caper sauce, and Lamb Burger on linseed focaccia with mint aioli, rocket salad and beetroot relish. Food is tasty and freshly made, well-priced considering its quality: hot mains $16 – $21; soup, curry of the day and salads $8 – $14.

Paleo 3 Smoothies or fresh juices have combinations to please the palate, my drink of choice the Refresh – apple, lime and mint blended with coconut water, a tasty, slightly spritzy combination – really refreshing. Is it too late for the ‘Age-defying’ combo? On second visit I’d be more adventurous and try the exotic Tahitian Noni juice? Of course there’s Elixir coffee and teas as well, with a choice of plant milks. Pick up food to go, such as Bob’s Lamb Shanks, paleo bread and food supplies, Cocoluscious ice cream and CoYo yoghurt, as well as a range of clean beauty products from the back of the store.

The Paleo Café is a fabulous option for the growing number of diners who have dietary preferences or intolerances (gluten and dairy), for those who dine with them, or for those who want a healthy fast meal option. It’s a winner all round.

Eat clean, live lean.

No just the logo of this café, it’s a great mantra to follow in many aspects of our lives.

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These brownies are a rich and indulgent treat for the chocolate-lovers out there. They are very addictive – you have been warned!

Makes 12

Prep time 25 minutes

Cooking time 30 minutes



140g cocoa mass/chocolate liquor

1 cup coconut oil

1 cup honey

1/4 cup cacao powder

1 cup Brazil nuts

4 large eggs

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

1 3/4cups almond meal

1/4 cup coconut flour



Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 25cm x 30cm baking tray with baking paper.

Place the cocoa mass, coconut oil and honey into a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until melted and well combined. Remove from heat and sift in cacao powder. Stir and set aside to cool.

Place the Brazil nuts in a food processor and pulse until a meal forms. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer or hand mixer, whisk eggs, salt, bicarbonate of soda and vanilla seeds on medium speed for 3 minutes.

Reduce to low speed, and gradually add the Brazil nut meal and almond meal. Slowly pour in melted chocolate, followed by coconut flour. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes or until well combined.

Pour into baking tray and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cut into even-sized squares.

Tip: Instead of cocoa mass/chocolate liquor, you can also use sugar-free dark chocolate that’s at least 70 per cent cocoa.

NOTE: From Paleo Café – Lifestyle & Cookbook by Marlies Hobbs. Available for purchase at the Paleo Café Burleigh. (Used with permission.)

Address: 4 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220 Ph: 07 5659 1808

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  1. Leisha Ney, 2 years ago

    Do you have cooking and life style classes?

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