The 100 Mile CafÃ©: More for the Locavore
It's a little over two years since we first reported on Alisa Smith and James Mackinnon's 100 Mile Diet. Yet in that time their experiment has cooked up a website and a book, as well as inspiring many locally focused eateries like the Local Burger in Kansas, and a British restaurant that sources 85% of its food from within the realm of London's underground 'Tube' network (in turn seeding it's own TV program, the Urban Chef.) Also in the UK is CarpÃ© Diem a restaurant, where more than 50% of their menu comes from within 50 miles.
So it was about time the movement found its way down under. And it has, with the 100 Mile CafÃ©, which proclaims its intentions rather obviously. Opened a few months ago in the city centre of Melbourne, Victoria, it's more restaurant than cafe (desserts are $14 USD), but strives to source the "best possible meat, seafood and produce" from within a hundred mile radius.
A review in The Age gave it a Recommended rating and found the combination Japanese inspired French provincial menu to be uniquely robust. The reviewer was also taken with how their bill came in a brown paper bag, printed with the 'go local' rationale and also sporting a complimentary packet of lettuce seeds. Menu and opening hours on their website at ::100 Mile CafÃ©.