Burpengary's Project Salubrious Cafe has made waves in the food industry, being recognized as one of the nation's best restaurants in the Australian Good Food Guide's 2023 Awards.
The Readers' Choice award for Gluten-Free dining was awarded to the unassuming cafe less than a year after its opening in July 2022.
“We believe in serving quality, delicious food that leaves people feeling good - being gluten-free is only one element.”
Located at 143 Rowley Road, tucked into the Absorbent Minds complex, the cafe has attracted diners from as far as Hervey Bay and northern New South Wales, all seeking out the modern Australian a la carte menu. In addition, Project Salubrious is a dairy and grain-free cafe, except for coffee, which sources its produce from local suppliers such as Basilea Living Herbs and the Mini Farm Project.
Chef and owner Kurt Lovell said that the gluten-free aspect of the cafe was never intended to be the main focus. Still, he is thrilled by how the community has embraced it.
"We believe in serving quality, delicious food that leaves people feeling good - being gluten-free is only one element. But we've been overwhelmed by people thanking us for creating an experience where they can choose anything from the menu. Then there are the ones who say they 'don't usually like gluten-free food,' but we've changed their perspective. So to be recognized in this way is just amazing."
In addition to its award-winning menu, Project Salubrious has launched cooking classes with Kurt and has more special events planned. The cafe is open from 7am to 2:30pm, Monday to Saturday.