EMPOWER + HONESTY
+ FAMILY + FUN
Rough & Bare was conceived in 2013 by owner and chef Anthony Milotic after he was struck with chronic illness, which saw him misdiagnosed with MS by doctors. During this time, specialists were unable to determine why he had unexplained numbness in his arms and legs and a general feeling of depression and fatigue. The prognosis? Sit back, live with the symptoms, get old and feel terrible. A result Anthony didn’t take lightly. With the help of his naturopath Health care team Tania Flack and Helen Padarin, they developed a nutritious wholefood diet containing bone broths, moderate protein, loads of fresh and fermented vegetables, good fats and most importantly limiting carbohydrates and refined sugar.
In just over six months, Anthony saw dramatic changes in his health – including weight loss, increased energy and a new lease on life. Due to his experiences, Anthony believes food is medicine and has opened Rough & Bare as a way to influence and educate the community around him one nutritious meal at a time!
Fuelling Life. It’s what we stand for, it’s the heartbeat that drives us at Rough & Bare. It encompasses everything we do, well beyond the food on the plate. We like to keep it simple and our four principles define why we do what we do.
Educating YOU is the main reason Rough & Bare was born. We share what we’ve learnt about health and wellness through our food. This is how we pay it forward in the hopes you continue to do the same.
When you’re serving the meals we do, there’s no reason not to share our amazing producers. We use quality ingredients and source locally where possible. Being transparent is what makes us different. We have nothing to hide and neither does our food.
Rough & Bare is the type of family you want to have around. You know, the ones who guide you, have your back and help you dream big. Our staff, our loved ones and YOU; our Fuelling Life community. It’s all about support, love and communication. We’re not just a cafe. We are part of your family.
What’s life without a bit of FUN. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and neither should you. We’re a little quirky, kinda funny and love having a good laugh. Make what you do count and make it fun.
Rough & Bare prides itself on the strong relationships we have with our suppliers and believe in having a connection with the farmers. Our farm to fork philosophy is strong in our café and we believe it is important to support local growers and sustainability.
Our meat is organic, grass-fed and grass-finished and our chicken is free range, which means you are always getting the best quality meat that is nutritionally dense and high in vitamins and minerals. Cattle are designed to eat grass not grain in a feedlot. They are meant to roam free on the pastures and eat what is available to them. Pasture-raised meat contains five times more good fatty acids such as Omega 3’s, twice as many CLA’s (Conjugated linoleic acid), which regulate body composition and weight, and is high in Vitamin A and E and micronutrients. Basically, pasture raised meat is a powerhouse for your brain and recovery of cells. We love it! In regards to our seafood, we only source wild-caught sustainable seafood. We don’t support seafood farming practices as these dredge the ocean of bait fish to feed the farms and pollute waterways. Farms are also laden with antibiotics and the food is mixed with grains and soy to fatten them up quickly! Wild-caught seafood is what humans were designed to eat. They are much higher in Omega 3‘s and protein. They also contract fewer diseases and are free from antibiotics, pesticides and artificial dyes.
We work on the basis of 1 degree of separation from us and the farmer. We want the people we deal with to know where the produce is coming from or we will directly source the product ourselves. We believe in full transparency so you know exactly what you are eating.