A health food cafe that serves a coconut water-braised pulled pork and egg roll — that's one way to get your attention. If you're a bonafide health nut or you simply want to pretend for the day, head to Ruby Lane in Manly. A cafe up front and an organic grocer in the rear, if a superfood exists that isn't available at Ruby Lane, we'd be surprised to hear it. In fact, they've got a communal shopping list in the grocer where you can request items you would like them to stock.
And if you're used to being confined to the single gluten free, dairy free or vegan option on most menus, prepare to be spoilt for choice. In both the cafe and the grocer, Ruby Lane stock paleo bread, and gluten free crumpets and fruit toast. And in the milk department they offer almond, coconut, soy and cashew. You can even have your coffee with butter if you're so inclined. Ruby's 'Benedict' ($20) comes with your choice of ham or smoked trout and the sauce is made from an emulsion of good oils, MCT brain octane, coconut and macadamia. No idea what that means. But it's delicious.