Bare Bones Society
As more fine dining chefs look beyond inner-city venues, suburban residents are reaping the rewards. Goggs Road is Kym Machin’s home turf, so when he and wife Jade wanted to open their own cafe and still be close to their young family, a venue floating in the middle of the Jindalee Home Centre carpark seemed like a good – albeit unlikely – choice.
Former head chef for the Urbane Group (Urbane, The Laneway, The Euro), Machin doesn’t make any bones about his new cafe’s pared-back, unpretentious air. Food is simple, wholesome and priced accordingly: think breakfast burgers, salmon gravlax and corn fritters, all under $20.
Coffee comes courtesy of Toby’s Estate, while the addition of ‘power’ smoothies, Bulletproof-style coffee (that mixed with grass-fed butter and fatty acids) and a scattering of paleo dishes such as the Buddha Bowl (raw veggies, seeds and cashew cream) and Goodie Bowl (granola, coconut yogurt and fresh fruit) cater for the fitness crowd which frequents the cafe on weekdays.
There are little touches throughout the menu to remind you of Machin’s pedigree: double-smoked bacon, horseradish-inflected mascarpone and fiery homemade nam phrik. Blackboard specials change regularly, as does the themed Friday night dinner menu.