Good Food, Good Taste, Good for You

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Delicious freshly made meals and snacks created using the best organic ingredients with no hidden nasties.

Ruby Lane is setting a new standard for health conscious customers. COVERED. visited this thriving restaurant and café helping to spread the good food and health message by example.

Ruby Lane owner Phil Dawson says his venue is about great tasting food created from scratch. Ruby Lane boasts a menu to be enjoyed by anyone who loves delicious food with the added bonus of being good for you.

“We are hospitality first and then the food is tailored in a specific way to promote ‘clean’ eating. It is good classic food with a ‘clean’ twist and without any hidden nasties,” says Phil.

The breakfast and lunch menus have been so successful that Ruby Lane is now opening for dinner at the weekends. “It can be hard to find a good place to eat in the evening,” adds Phil, considering the health conscious diner, who frequents organic style cafés that are all closed by late afternoon.

“Our space has a nice relaxed vibe and we are all about ethically sourcing good food. We don’t have a deep fryer; we make everything from scratch and on the premises; most things are gluten free; there are dairy free and vegan options and all sweets are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free,” he explains.

The meat is organic and biodynamic from Shiralee Butcher and the wine list is 100 per cent organic. 

Flavour-some DINNER dishes to tempt any palette include:

  • Eggplant milanese with zucchini, chickpeas and vegan cheese
  • Rosemary & red wine lamb shanks on a parsnip and pecorino puree with crispy cavelo nero 
  • Petuna ocean trout rillette, buckwheat pancake, basil oil and radish
  • And for dessert:
  • Chocolate hazelnut entremet with buckwheat caramel and whipped 
  • coco cream
  • Sticky date cake with salted caramel centre, apple gelato on a cacao crumb


  • Plus $5 Kids meals are on offer between 5pm and 6pm and these include:
  • Grass fed Beef lasagna, 
  • Margarita Pizza on a cauliflower base and 
  • Free Range Pork with Spuds and Veggies

Ruby Lane is BYO and also offers an extensive wine and cocktail list showcasing organic Australian wines from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Margaret River and elsewhere. Cocktails include ‘Yin & Yang’ featuring gin from Manly Spirits Co, in Brookvale, mixed with blackberry, basil and maple with a splash of ginger and turmeric kombucha or a ‘Salty Embrace’ – dark rum, warm apple cider, grass fed butter, vanilla maple, cinnamon and Himalayan salt. Plus, there are beers, ciders and non-alcoholic drinks.

Creating the new menu and space for dinner has allowed Ruby Lane to make great function and event menus too, making it the ideal venue to host Christmas parties, celebrations and events.

“We have a lot of people coming here because they want a nice lunch. Then when they enjoy it and start asking about the food, they realise what we do. It’s about being able to have that impact. It’s an approachable menu for the creative public,” says Phil.

The grocery store within Ruby Lane is about stocking ingredients featured in the meals and snacks and allowing customers to potentially make these at home.

“It is transparency we are trying to promote. If you want to know about the ingredients they are on the shelf and if you want to know more about how we eat then come to a workshop,” he adds.

Ruby Lane is more than just a café, hosting workshops and talks to help educate customers on the health message the venue is keen to promote and build awareness around nutrition and health.

And if the extension to dinners that customers have been calling out for is anything to go by – Ruby Lane is successfully spreading the ethical eating message by word of mouth, one dish  at a time.

Fridays & Saturday from 5pm – 10:30pm
$5 Kid’s meals from 5pm to 6pm
BYO and licensed for cocktails,
wine and beer.
Heated enclosed deck.

Shops 1&2, 200 Pittwater Rd Manly
02 9977 7386
Cafe & Grocer: 7am-4pm; Kitchen: 7am-2:30pm; 
Friday & Saturday Dinners: 5pm-10:30pm