When Martine Trinder took on ownership of CNR Kitchen three years ago, she didn’t expect to take on the even greater challenge of introducing paleo to the small community of Northbridge. Northbridge comes alive on weekends, when locals get out and about and are on the hunt for delicious, healthy and wholesome cafe food.
Martine’s journey to paleo is very similar to many others with an interest in and passion for good health and nutrition. About eight years ago, Martine’s diet could be described as raw food inspired, with plenty of juices and fresh vibrant salads. However something was lacking, and she craved a style of eating that reflected how her grandmother liked to cook, “old fashioned, not processed”. She says that paleo is the one style of eating that has worked well for her and she has more energy and vitality than ever.
A paleo menu was introduced at CNR Kitchen 12 months ago with the vision of feeding local families nutritious and healthy meals. This was a bit of a change for the bustling cafe that has a strong following in the vegan community. How do you cater for hungry carnivores as well as vegans?
Well, there are actually many similarities in the values of paleo and vegan eating, as Martine explained to me. For starters, both camps enjoy ethical, sustainable food. Both camps value the environment and care about where their food comes from. What it comes down to is personal choice.
So there are plenty of options that suit anyone who seeks clean, ethical food free from chemicals, preservatives and empty calorie fillers. The cafe provides a healthy balance and happily caters for paleo, raw food and vegan using only fresh, free-range, grass fed and local produce.
Martine uses safe and healthy oils and fats, opting to cook with ghee, animal fats such as lard, coconut oil and rice bran oil, and avoids soy and dairy. She creates a delicious range of paleo-inspired fare including the popular tapas plate – where you can pick and choose your ingredients to create your own salad and protein. The bacon bombs (pictured below) are a local favourite as well as the raw vegan nachos and the eggplant lasagne.
They have an amazing dairy-free smoothie menu, using house made nut milks. The Mexican Brownie Cream comes with organic cacao, chilli, cinnamon, chia, organic agave, dates and almond milk. I rather like the sound of the Caramel Wellness Warrior which has some of my favourite ingredients including organic lucuma, maca, bee pollen and cashew milk (sounds divine doesn’t it!)
For those who love ‘healthy’ desserts, they also make in house a range of raw treats including the Lime and Mint Raw Cheesecake pictured below.
To experience some of Martine’s delicious cuisine, you’ll have to visit CNR Kitchen in Northbridge, Perth. As well as serving their customers for breakfast and lunch (they even have an afternoon breakfast menu!) Martine offers a six course raw paleo degustation, she provides catering, venue hire, and…I saved the best part to last. They are fully licensed and make the NorCal Margarita!! If that’s not an excuse to book a trip to Perth, I don’t know what is!
Apparently newbies say it’s hard to find, so here’s some helpful directions from CNR Kitchen:
We are the Cafe under the GIANT TV Screen where the Grass is at the Northbridge Piazza. We are on the corner of Lake & James Streets, opposite Dome in Northbridge.
Check out the CNR Kitchen’s website for more information on their menu and services.