ACity Lane cafe known for its cleaneating approach is now serving up dinner. Born Wild Wholefood and Espresso owner Kymbo Westcott said they had obtained a liquor licence and starting plating up evening meals about three weeks ago.
“I just didn’t like driving past my own cafe at night and seeing it closed when I know we can serve great food,” he said. “It’s a simple reason, but I'm a simple man.” The eatery, located in City Lane in the CBD, used to be part of the Paleo Cafe franchise, but Mr Westcott made the decision to rebrand last December.
He says business has been booming ever since, with Saturday and Sundays the cafe’s busiest times.
“Last year was a bit of a tough year for everyone in the industry, but this year things have picked up,” he said.
“With paleo, I think people thought that they had to eat like that all the time and it got overwhelming for them.
“Our focus isn’t so much healthy food but whole foods. “It’s stuff your mother makes. “Our big thing is that we make everything in the kitchen here, including all the sauces.”
Among the dishes being served up on the new dinner menu are steaks from Mr Westcott’s own family property, burgers, crackling pork belly and Moroccan lamb rump.
Desserts haven’t been forgotten, with Mr Westcott able to recommend the flourless chocolate cake. “I had two slices before I went home the other night,” he said.
“It’s got a brownie-like crust and then you bite through to this moist centre.”
The menu will change with the seasons to keep pace with what produce is available from within the local region.
The cafe uses local suppliers wherever possible, including beef from Mr Westcott’s family property Catumnal, south of Hughenden.
“We use mangoes from Giru ... local fruit and vegetables from North Queensland, we use local butchers when I’m not using my own meat and we use Mungalli milk,” Mr Westcott said.
“The focus is just on knowing what you’re eating.”
Mr Westcott said he felt City Lane was booming and he was pleased to be part of that.
“In the last 10 weeks we’ve really seen a lot more people in the city,” he said.
“City Lane is becoming a destination ... there are a few of us here now.
“It’s great that people can come out and have all these options of where to eat.”
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