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By Alexandra Middleton
September 20, 2016

Rough & Bare

A Mona Vale cafe focusing on all that's raw, organic and good for you.
By Alexandra Middleton
September 20, 2016

At Rough and Bare they subscribe to a wholefood lifestyle, which means everything that comes out of the kitchen is organic, pasture-fed and caught wild. Founded by a health conscious chef and a naturopath, this isn't the place you go in search of that B&E hangover cure — but you shouldn't expect a menu limited to raw veggies and superfoods either.

They do serve a breakfast salad ($18.90), but at the other end of the spectrum is the slow-cooked pork belly, poached eggs, baby kale, spiced sweet potato puree, kimchi and crackle crumb ($22.90). The same goes for lunch. If you're a purist you can opt for the raw vegetable platter with beetroot tahini, spiced sweet potato hummus, mackerel pâté and seed crackers ($19.90) or the bone broth with greens, kraut and quinoa toast ($14.90). For those less inclined to go raw, there's a naked beef burger with wild greens, tomato, avocado, fried egg, caramelised onion and pickles on roasted sweet potato and fermented relish ($19.90), or the slow-cooked lamb shoulder with roast vegetables and a red wine jus and salsa verde ($25.90). It may not be a glass of wine, but at least it's something.

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