Clean eating. Two words we all either love or hate… or love to hate. For a long time, when I thought of clean eating, I thought of a fad, vegan this and gluten-free that, an eating habit restricted to yogis.
Yet despite my ignorance to healthy eating, there’s an undeniable growing need for menus that meet specific nutritional needs and food allergies. And Caffe Paparazzi has teamed up with Osteopath and health coach Dr. Andrea Robertson to meet that need, drawing inspiration from her recipes. Dbites was one of those invited to their blogger dinner for a taste of their new clean eating menu which promises dishes with no preservatives, gluten, processed sugar, or cow’s dairy.
I was charmed by the custom designed table settings–warm, welcoming, quaint. There was even a rosemary plant awaiting each blogger to be brought home! The rest of the restaurant is spacious and modern–a family-friendly place for sure.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken; $27.00
As I perused the menu, I was intrigued by their butter chicken–a healthier substitute of the restaurant favourite. When it arrived to the table, I was surprised to find that it was nothing like the Indian butter chicken I expected, but one closer to the Chinese dish. In lieu of butter, Caffe Paparazzi’s version included chicken coated in a fragrant medley of tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, almonds, goats yoghurt, coriander, and other spices–served with brown rice and topped with steamed bok choy. While the chicken was a tad dry and the dish didn’t have the hearty tomato flavour I was looking forward to, the aromatic ginger and spices made up for it.
Here’s a peek at some other dishes on offer.
Grilled Barramundi with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad & Broccolini; $29.90
The grilled barramundi was my favourite of the night and it wasn’t even mine! Grilled to a perfect crisp on the outside, yet tender on the inside. Small bursts of saltiness from the capers added more in flavour. The earthy quinoa was well-balanced with the sweetness of the currants and red onions sprinkled in each spoonful. Simple and yummy.
Zucchini Slice and Fabulous Salad; $19.00
The zucchini slice was paired with a carrot, zucchini, and almond salad. The slice itself consisted of zucchini, carrot, onion, goats cheese, buckwheat flour, eggs, and olive oil. A vegan-friendly option for perhaps a guilt free lunch.
Speaking of guilt free… First of the desserts were these perfectly portioned and delicious banoffee parfaits. Light and refreshing with a hint of vanilla, date, and banana in their silky smooth and refreshing parfait. Add in the crunch of the walnuts. We have a winner. Not to mention, it’s gluten-free!
Banoffee Parfait; $7.50
Full-sized Kiwi Cashew and Triple Choc Swirl Cashew cheesecakes
Dessert platter: Triple Choc Swirl Cashew Cheesecake, Lime and Kiwi Cashew Cheesecake, Berry Delicious Cashew Cheesecake; $7.50, Andrea’s Best Bliss Ball, Paleo Florentine Spider; $3.50
Last, but not least, we had a sample platter of other desserts on the menu, including their heavenly cheesecake range. I would go back just for these. It was my first time enjoying a raw cheesecake or dessert and unlike how I imagined healthy desserts to be, they were every bit as rich as a regular cheesecake. I recommend the florentine spider – nutty and chocolatey, and the berry cheesecake – just the right amount of tart and sweet.
After the evening, I certainly came away with a new perspective on what clean eating really looks like. An extension to their original Italian breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, Paparazzi’s new clean eating menu offers diversity to the table, providing something for everyone in the healthiest way possible without sacrifice on flavour.
Rosemary take home plant
[dbites was invited as a guest to Caffe Paparazzi]
291 Unley Road
P 08 8373 0743