It's hard to ignore the fact that modern eating has practically been taken over by healthy eating fads. The Paleo diet, veganism, the Keto diet and the whole clean-eating phenomenon mean that most town centres and city dining districts are full of new restaurants that cater to these strict and trendy dietary demands.
If you're a meat-eating carb lover who just wants a good, traditional, hearty meal in an establishment that provides great service, then you may feel like you're short of options. Fortunately, there are several restaurant types where you can still order a non-organic, gluten-loaded feast without raising eyebrows from the uber-cool staff, and here are two of them.
1. Italian Restaurants
Italian food is intrinsically woven into the fabric of Australian culture. Since the first Italian migrants arrived in the early part of the century, even the smallest country town had its local Italian place to feast on the delicious, rustic and generously proportioned meals. Even with the new and hip restaurants that are springing up everywhere these days, Italian meals have held their own.
If you're looking for a dining experience that provides vintage charm, a relaxed ambiance and a guarantee of a satisfied belly, then an Italian restaurant is the perfect destination. Crusty bruschetta topped with fresh tomato and basil, traditional wood-fired pizzas and carb-laden bowls of authentic pasta will satisfy your cravings for a hearty meal.
2. Thai Restaurants
Thai restaurants are another beloved icon when it comes to foreign food experiences. You can be certain of a filling meal that is full of fresh, aromatic and tantalisingly spicy flavours. One of the great aspects of Thai food is that it tastes so decadent but is also full of healthy and nutritious ingredients.
Many Thai restaurants offer a banquet menu that's suited to the number of guests that are dining. This is a great way to enjoy a sociable and intimate meal and to experience a wide variety of different dishes at the same time. Many Thai restaurants are run by Thai immigrants and their families, so ask if there are any specialty dishes available that don't appear on the menu.
When there are so many gimmicky and specialised restaurants around that only cater to a particular clientele's dietary fads, it's a breath of fresh air to visit an establishment that does away with the trends and fads. An Italian or Thai restaurant is the place to go for some real food, great service and a wonderful dining experience.