Manly local Phil Dawson’s much loved Ruby Lane Cafe has inspired many of us to embrace sustainability and healthy eating through its delicious food and ‘cheeky hospitality’. Here Phil tells us how it all started…
“About seven years ago I was diagnosed with a serious gut issue and that completely transformed the way I ate and lived. I found it difficult to come across the information I needed when I went out to eat; and even harder to find places that not only cared about what was on the plate from an ethical perspective but also provided a great place to go out with friends and family for a special occasion.
By opening Ruby Lane Cafe, our vision became to make the health foods industry more fun, social and approachable. We do this by walking the walk when it comes to sustainability, food transparency and education — all with a good dose of cheeky hospitality.
After great reviews and customer feedback, we unveiled our second cafe in Mona Vale, Rubys at the Beach, so we could share our holistic wholefoods approach with even more Beaches locals.
It’s a relaxed and beach-y vibe up in Mona Vale. We are now open for dinners up there every Friday and Saturday night with some really great local food and wine options on the menu. It’s the perfect place from sunrise to sunset.
Sustainable produce is at the heart of Ruby Lane Cafe’s menu along with organic and locally supplied produce at every opportunity. You will find plenty of items that will meet your dietary requirements including dairy free and gluten free treats.
Some customer favourites for our all-day brunch menu include ‘Smash n Hash’ – a sweet potato fritter with pasture-raised eggs, corn salsa, greens and a chimichurri dressing; and the Grass-Fed Beef Brisket Tacos with house-made beans, and jalapeños on soft blue corn tortillas.
Check out the full menu here.
We also run some great workshops and these will kick off again early next year where we plan on promoting fertility and assisting new mums with their new identity.
Apart from our workshops, we hope to do more special event dinners in Manly, more community projects aimed at cleaning up the beaches and on educating kids on the origins of their food.”
Ruby Lane Cafe: 200 Pittwater Rd, Manly
Ruby’s by the Beach: 5 Darley St E, Mona Vale
Phone: (02) 9977 7386