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It was only a matter of time before the Paleo trend made its way out of cyber world and into real world Melbourne. Tom Davidson and business partner Jacob Burke met through Davidson’s personal training business ‘Tom Primal’, through which Davidson teaches clients the Paleo lifestyle. After a trip to America where the Paleo diet is commonplace, the pair decided to open Melbourne’s first Paelo cafe, Patch, in Richmond.
The Paleo diet is based on the premise that if our ancestors didn’t eat it, we shouldn’t eat it. Also known as the caveman diet or hunter gatherer diet, followers only consume natural products grown from the earth, with the premise that humans haven’t evolved to properly digest new foods such as grain, legumes, or dairy.
The menu is small but packed with nutritionally dense options so delicious you won’t even believe it’s good for you. “Healthy eating should be fun, not a chore” says Davidson, who has created a menu that while Paleo focused, is flexible enough to offer sourdough toast as an option. Ingredients are sourced locally, only adding to the feeling of healthy euphoria.
The all-day menu has a slight Asian leaning, with options like daikon tuna rolls ($20.00), pork belly with cabbage ($22.00), or the spanner crab omelette with Asian herbs, toasted coconut and chilli jam ($24.00). The latter has apparently been going gang busters and it’s easy to see why. It’s light, silky and delicious, a great way to start the day.
If you can’t handle crab for breakfast, a few on-trend favorites receive the Paleo treatment too, like the Patch bircher muesli made with nuts and seeds ($15.00) and the breakfast salad with kale, avocado, pomegranate, almond, cauliflower and soft boiled egg ($16.00).
If you enjoy eating like a caveman, try the caveman breakfast ($22.00). It’s kinda like you’re regular big breakfast, but without the guilt. On it is poached eggs, bacon, wagyu steak, sautéed kale, cherry tomatoes and sweet potato fritters, with the fritters bumping this dish into the next level of deliciousness.
Still a little dubious of Paleo? Don’t worry, there’s menu options you will recognize. The classic eggs benedict is there ($16.00), available with either the usual English muffins, or if you feel like dabbing a toe in the Paleo pool there’s the option of ‘Paleo Toast’ or on special request, sweet potato fritters.
Think you can’t have your cake and eat it too? You’d be wrong. At the register is a cabinet laden with treats made by Addicted 2 Goodness who handmake organic, paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free treats in St Kilda. Their blueberry cheesecake isn’t like the regular artery-clogging variety from your local; this version is light and just the thing to finish off your delicious guiltfree meal.
Inhabited by athletes both professional and not (Davidson is a former AFL player), gym junkies, and foodies alike, Patch has a feel-good buzz that is infectious and sure to get your weekend off to the right start. Even if you’re not serious about healthy eating, the food is good enough for anyone to enjoy.