More often than not, the phrase ‘wholefoods’ can make you think of food that will turn you into a superhuman health nut, powered by kale and positive energy with as much flavour as a cardboard box. However, thanks to Mona Vale café, Rough and Bare, these perceptions of wholefoods can be laid to rest.
Rough and Bare is the brainchild of Head Chef, Anthony Milotic. After a run in with illness a few years ago, Anthony looked to his naturopath, Tania Flack, for help. After just six months on a strict wholefoods diet, he saw huge results. He had not only shifted a few kilos but also had increased energy and whole new lease on life. Inspired by his experiences, he created Rough and Bare as a way to educate the people of Sydney’s northern beaches about wholefoods.
Focusing on organic, local ingredients, Anthony creates the Rough and Bare food menus in consultation with Tania, as well as Rough and Bare’s own nutritionist, Helen Padarin. Obvious healthy dishes do feature on the breakfast menu, but Anthony has made sure not to skimp on flavour when it comes to eating well. Breakfast dishes such as the jaffa coconut panna cotta and the slow-cooked rolled pork belly served with poached eggs, baby kale and cress salad, spiced cauliflower hummus, kimchi and topped with crackling crumb, sit alongside classic smoothie bowls and breakfast salads.
Similarly, the lunch menu features wholesome, healthy foods like the slow-cooked 24-hour bone broth, as well as heartier, flavour-filled options that will make your mouth water at the mere mention of their name. Picture slow-cooked lamb terrine with seasonal greens, broccolini, romesco sauce, fermented house vegetables topped with a red wine jus. Like any good health food cafe, Rough and Bare’s drinks menu is occupied by an abundance of fun and crazy flavoured lattes, a variety of mylks and of course homemade smoothies and kombucha, all of which will leave you feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy.
Nutritionist approved and completely guilt-free, this cafe is a safe haven for all who find themselves sick of the current cafe burger and waffle trends and want to give their body a bit of TLC. Open seven days a week, this northern beaches’ gem is sure to leave you happy, healthy and smiling all the way home.