The paleolithic diet, popularly called the ‘caveman diet,’ is the inspiration for ‘Palæo,’ a new restaurant slated to open in the coming weeks in Denmark, the Guardian reports.Paleo diets are based on a single premise—if cavemen didn’t eat it, neither should you. So no more refined sugar, dairy, legumes, and grains; followers eat only meat, fish, poultry, fruits, and vegetables, according to U.S. News and World Report.
This is what Palæo is attempting to emulate. Thomas Rode Andersen, 43, who has created the menu for Palæo and is head chef at the Michelin-starred Kong Hans in Copenhagen, has become the poster boy for the paleo movement in Denmark.
The menu for the restaurant is already online, featuring such tasty treats as a “Meatzza” (which unusually features a meat-base rather than dough) and meat sauce with “spaghetti”, featuring pickled mushrooms and parsley pesto. Both of these meals are 69 Krona, around 10 bucks.
The restaurant in Torvehallerne, Copenhagen, will be a 24-hour takeaway, according to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR.dk). The first paleo restaurant in Europe opened in Berlin last year.
While the paleo diet has its critics (including Cornell McClellan, President Obama’s personal fitness trainer, and the experts contacted by U.S. News), Andersen says he believes he has a duty to champion the diet because too many people walk around “feeling like hell”.
“It’s all about going back to something original, going back to what we are designed to eat and the way our bodies are designed to work, and nothing to do with what we have come up with in the interim 10,000-12,000 years,” he says.
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