I don’t know about you, but eating out can sometimes prove a bit of a challenge on the Keto diet. Sure, you can just have the steak and salad with no dressing or take the bun off your burger, but sometimes a Melbourne Keto girl needs variety, ya know? Enter the Melbourne Keto Cafe & Restaurant List.
Next time someone says “where should we go for breakfast/lunch/dinner/brunch/brinner/linner” (because it’s Melbourne and any excuse to eat will do), you can check out this handy list to find something Keto friendly.
I’ve decided to start compiling a list of Keto friendly meals at different cafes and restaurants around Melbourne, Australia.
This list is partly for people to find their keto cafe and restaurant options in Melbourne, partly for me to keep track of them so when I am feeling a bit ‘same old’ with my regular restaurants and cafes, I can refer back to it.
I’ll be adding to this each time I find a new Melbourne Keto Cafe or Restaurant meal, and upload photos where I can (ie. where I don’t feel like a dill taking photos of my food in public).
It will be a slowly evolving list, and I am very happy to add on other suggestions! If you have eaten at a Melbourne Keto Cafe or Restaurant you think others should know about, you are welcome to send me the details and a photo if you’ve got one to email@example.com.
P.S You might notice a trend in locations… obviously where I work and where I live! Will travel for keto though.
Keto Lunch and/or Dinner
All the rage, essentially ‘sushi bowls’ originating in Hawaii. Most are make your own like Subway, and I choose a base of salad leaves, little bit of red onion, any of the fish pieces, avocado, cucumber and sesame seeds. For dressing I usually stick with the spicy mayo – it doesn’t taste too sweet.
Poki (or Poke) places are popping up all over Melbourne – yay!
Hawthorn, Doncaster and Knoxfield
You can’t go wrong with Greek food, minus the pita. I get the saganaki (heaven!), and any of the souvlakis minus chips and pita, plus a Greek salad if I haven’t had many other carbs that day. Very accommodating, they even give you 50 cents off for not having pita with your souvlaki – most charge more!
Ribs and Burgers
Hawthorn Northcote, Craigieburn and South Morang – and heaps of other states in Australia!
A constantly evolving menu, and all burgers can be ordered ‘naked’ – on a huge bed of lettuce leaves. Delicious patties and loads of different cheese and sauce options to boot.
My favourite is the Bacon & Cheese burger, Wagyu Big Cheese and the Wagyu Chimmi & Swiss. I also really like their cabbage salad but they’ve recently added apple to it, so I am ordering this less frequently now.
Bay City Burritos
Hawthorn and St Kilda
Friendliest staff, deliciously fresh meals and authentic “Bay city” Mexican. All burritos can be served as a salad bowl, and they have never batted an eyelid when I’ve asked for no beans and rice. My favourite is the Cabo Supreme – meat, fresh guacamole, melted cheese, Pico de Gallo & lime sour cream. YUM.
No website for this one because it’s a hole in the wall, 24 hour kebab shop. But boy is it popular. We have recently moved nearby and there is constantly a line (mostly because there is no standing/sitting room inside), no matter what time of day it is.
Their meat is delicious, and unlike the neighbouring competitor, are very happy to accommodate your keto cravings. I order the HSP with NO chips, on a bed of lettuce, cucumber, cheese and a little bit of onion and tomato. Top with garlic sauce and I am a happy camper. If your carbs allow it, go the holy trinity of sauces – garlic sauce, BBQ and sweet chilli, but you will be pushing your keto luck here and it doesn’t need it in my opinion.
Word of warning – if you get the large, and eat it all, you will be full for a day. And might feel a little queezy. And go over your protein macros for the WEEK. Go the small.