Manly is famous for its fine food, wine, night life, beaches, you name it! But now there’s a new kid in town – her name is Ruby Lane and she’s something rather special. This place screams quality and authenticity with its emphasis on food that is not only super-healthy but tastes great too!
I must admit, I’m no health nut, I still love my Cadbury choccy but with a place like Ruby Lane, I could be converted. You see, it’s not just for vegans or the super-fit – you don’t have to be sporting a hipster beard or have a pantry full of organic food. This is a place for everyone!
I’m a bit of a sucker for a cafe with a funky design. Yep, I (like many of us I assume) initially judge a cafe by its decor and I absolutely loved Ruby Lane’s palate from its minty green/blue (I’m no designer) and white colour scheme to its wooden booths, chairs, tree stump tables outside and the sheer space where you can swing a cat or park your pram without a care in the world. The interior is spacious and welcoming and the verandah out the front even more so. Everything is on tap from the cool water station to the make-your-own nut butter area. There’s so much to do, to create and it’s all high quality, tasty and super-healthy.
With a wide range of predominantly locally sourced organic fruit, veggies and a load of other foodie goodies (including wine!!), you can do all your organic food shopping here. Or, if you like, Ruby Lane can pack a fabbo fruit and veg box that you can pick up with your morning coffee!
Food glorious food! There’s something for everyone on the Ruby Lane menu! We were lucky enough to be there in time for brekkie and tucked into Ruby’s Garden Breakfast Bowl with kale, garlic, chilli, lemon, dukkah, avocado, baby cucumbers, veggies and the most delish paleo bread you’ll ever eat. It was SO tasty! We then tried the Superfood Pancakes with coconut syrup, whipped coco cream and ‘cacao glazed’ bananas – amazing! We were left drooling over the rest of the menu with options for lunch such as a range of yummy salad bowls, ocean trout dishes, pulled pork san choy bau and yummy gourmet wraps.
The menu caters beautifully for kids as well with banana split, chicken bites, boiled eggs and pancakes just to name a few!
And the coffee?! Well connoisseurs as we are, we had to try a range of delicious bevvies. We especially loved the Beach Bum cold brew single origin coffee served with coconut water, orange slices and blueberries. So refreshing!
Ruby Lane features a new Sacred Grounds single origin coffee every month so you can try a range of flavours year-round. We enjoyed a beautiful latte made with Sacred Grounds Spirit Blend and a chai latte complete with homemade cashew nut milk. Delish! They also offer amazing smoothies, cold-pressed juices and *Kombucha on tap.
Spirit of Ruby Lane
Ruby Lane isn’t just a great place to hang, eat and drink. Owner, Phil Dawson is on a mission to create a place that inspires everyone to eat healthier, to support local farms and businesses and to embrace sustainable practices. This drives every part of the business from solar panels powering the cafe to recycling food waste at the end of the day. They donate leftover food to Oz Harvest
and give back to the local community by participating in the Nourish program, providing training in hospitality for underprivileged youth.
This generous vibe can be felt throughout the cafe from the friendly staff, its large menu (catering for everyone) to its spacious, welcoming design. You know that there’s a place for everyone here from the itty-bitty young to the hipster-cool peeps arriving on their vintage bikes, elderly locals to adventurous tourists. If you want to try something a little bit different, healthier and in a friendly space with awesome coffee, this place is for you!
* Kombucha is fermented, carbonated tea packed with probiotics. Read more about Kombucha here.