Third Wave Cafe, Melbourne


A feast fit for a king and all in the name of paleo!

I’m forever trying to convince people that paleo eating isn’t restrictive; it isn’t bland or boring and it certainly isn’t less enjoyable than other diets or eating regimes.

Third Wave Cafe is proof in the pudding that paleo dining is an experience in itself.  I believe it’s the latest dining trend, and if it isn’t I’m on a mission to make it so!

Third Wave takes a little bit of inspiration from places as far as Southern America, Russia and the Middle East to bring a delicate ‘north meets south’ blend of meats, salads and sides.

It flaunts slow cooked, succulent meat with rich flavours only achieved through the discerning selection of fresh produce combined with robust earthy and exotic flavours.

Although the cafe prides itself on its paleo section of the menu, don’t let that steer your attention away from the other salivate-worthy selections including the beef ribs, hickory smoked and flavoured with a special 9 spice dry rub (from the American BBQ menu) and crispy kipfler potatoes confit in duck fat with “rosemary dust”.

On my lunch visit to Third Wave I tasted the following selection of dishes:


Lamb Shakshuka: smoked lamb mixed with spiced and richly flavoured tomato and red capsicum sauce, topped with two poached eggs. This deserves a podium appearance, it was a stand out!







Smoked Chicken Salad: house smoked chicken breast with fennel shavings, pickled honey tomatoes, smoked almonds, greens and coconut oil dressing. Light and tasty.









Slow Cooked Pork Belly: balsamic glazed pork belly on a bed of sweet potato pancakes with greens and orange reduction. Another favourite, it tastes as good as it looks on this plate, especially the sticky glaze combined with orange accents. Both elegant and delicious.





Crusty Salmon: qunioa crusted, lightly marinated grilled salmon with cauliflower and broccolini rice topped with pine nuts with beetroot puree. The skin was so crispy you could almost snap it. A designer plate with sophistication and flavour.

You know it’s a great sign when a cafe lists their suppliers on their menu (which Third Wave does). A cafe by day and restaurant by night, this is a place that should be on every paleo eater’s restaurant list.

Dine at Third Wave Cafe (in two locations):

30 Cato St, Prahran – with a paleo menu

1/189 Rouse St, Port Melbourne

Connect with Third Wave Cafe

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Alison Sims

Passionate about real food and healthy living, Alison Sims is the founder and author of Paleo Foodies. She is on a mission to discover the best paleo dining in Australia and all around the world. What started as a part time blog in 2013 has lead to a full time career for Alison, who previously spent a decade in Advertising and Marketing. She is now a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Paleo Foodies Magazine.

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