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Forks at the ready! There’s always a new foodie adventure to be had on the lower North Shore and here’s the latest. We’ll keep adding to this very exciting list of new local cafes and restaurants!

The Evergreen, Chatswood

Housed within a lush green space, The Evergreen has instantaneously become a local favourite for its sizzling barbecue platters, soju cocktails and Sydney’s only Korean high tea.

Modern Australian and Korean flavours collide at The Mix’s newest fusion bistro, The Evergreen. It’s the second restaurant for owner Anna Song, who also runs Chatswood’s JooMak, but it’s the first venue that she’s designed from scratch. 

“At The Evergreen, we aim to provide a relaxing, cosy dining experience with a nature-friendly vibe which is achieved through our full glass windows that allow sunlight to warm our plants and trees,” says Anna.

Head Chef Jun Hwang (Sheraton Grand Sydney and Manly Greenhouse) brings new life to gastro-pub classics by infusing them with Korean staples and reinvents his childhood favourites with a twist.

The Evergreen’s lunchtime crowd love their loaded burgers with fillings like crumbed prawn, bulgogi marinated beef and Korean fried chicken. But the standout is their Korean-inspired high tea with a mix of sweet and savoury snacks including beef tartare on seaweed crackers, kimchi arancini and banana panna cotta, plus your choice of beer, wine or tea. 

“At dinner, the mood changes to a fun, funky, jazzy bistro with Korean fusion foods such as the Korean barbecue platter, house-made gnocchi (an innovative take on tteokbokki) with Korean spicy sauce and tuna crudo with Jeju Island tangerine vinaigrette,” says Anna. 

She particularly recommends the Korean barbecue platter which comes with sizzling pork belly, wagyu cube and chicken thigh, accompanied by tangy pickled radish, savoury soybean paste and crisp lettuce.

Bar Manager, Maureen Er has created a beverage menu where traditional East Asian and Korean flavours are twisted into signature cocktails like the Kimchi Margie and Lychee Makegeoli Spritz.

Drop by The Evergreen for happy hour from 5-9pm on Monday to Thursday to enjoy $7 tap beers and glasses of Mr Mick wine, with the deal extended to selected cocktails on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

The Evergreen

Where: UG6 260 Victoria Ave Chatswood 2067

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am-3pm + 5-9pm

Website: https://www.theevergreenchatswood.com/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theevergreenchatswood/ 

The Captain’s Balcony, Crows Nest

Prepare to embark on a whisky journey like no other as one of Sydney’s finest boutique whisky bars, The Captain’s Balcony, drops its anchor on Willoughby Road this August. Owners Akash and Isabella opened their first bar on Erskine Street, Wynyard in 2015 and are excited to embark on this new venture in Crows Nest, eight years later.

“We are first and foremost a bar, specialising in whisky,” Akash explains. “We have an eye-watering range of Japanese whisky and more from all corners of the globe (500 to begin with and more on the way), as well as craft beers, wine, boutique gins and accompanying bar snacks to soak it up.”

Those eager to explore the world of whisky can set sail on a crafted tasting flight – each acting as a guided tour through various tastes, profiles, regions, and countries.

“Come for the barrel-aged Old Fashions and Negronis, then stay for the neat serves and top-shelf snacks,” Akash says.

In many ways, the opening of this Crows Nest venue is a heartfelt homecoming for Akash and Isabella who currently reside in the neighbourhood with their baby Airen.

Akash explains, “When Isabella first landed in Australia, her life revolved around Willoughby Road and North Sydney – studying English at TAFE, hospitality in North Sydney and falling in love with food, particularly Japanese food, in the many Asian eateries of the North Shore in the ’90s.”

This Asian influence runs through their bar menu with everything from wagyu cheeseburgers and K-pop spicy chicken burgers to prawn rolls and chargrilled skewers.

The couple hopes that The Captain’s Balcony, Crows Nest bar can be a “home away from home” for locals and invite them to book for private parties and events. With a bar room, a whisky room, a captain’s lounge and an outdoor courtyard, there’s a space for every mood and occasion.

The Captain’s Balcony will open in Crows Nest on Tuesday, August 8, welcoming both booked guests and walk-ins. Keep your eye out for whisky masterclasses and exclusive tastings in the future.

Where: 116 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 4 – 10.30pm
Website: https://www.thecaptainsbalcony.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecaptainsbalcony/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_captains_balcony/

Nem Kitchen, Crows Nest 

There’s a buzz already with the opening of Nem Kitchen on Willoughby Road in Crows Nest, as many locals have already tried their Cammeray restaurant and love it. Nem Kitchen has been around since 2008, and is also wowing Vietnamese food fans in their Waterloo, Glebe and North Sydney locations.

Owner Tracy Nguyen is greeting and serving patrons personally in Crows Nest, and it’s a lovely warm and welcoming interior with a lovely fit out.

Entrees to try including Quails in Butter; Beef Betel Leaf; Sugarcane Prawns and some of the best Spring Rolls you’ll find – including Hanoi Crab & Pork, Net Seafood and Vegetarian.

For mains, choose from Pho (rare beef, beef brisket, beef balls), Noodle Soups (crispy chicken, spicy hue beef, pork chop and more), Vermicelli Salads (bbq pork and spring roll, chicken and avocado, sugarcane prawn, grilled lemongrass chicken and more) and some wonderful Chefs Recommendations, including:

  • Shaken Beef Cubes
  • Spicy Butter Porkchop
  • Salt and Pepper Squid
  • Chilli & Lemongrass Chicken/Tofu
  • ‘La Vong’ Ling Fish
  • Slow Cooked Beef

There are also rice plates (seafood, sate chicken, bbq pork and more), plus they’re licensed so beer and wine are on offer, too.

Nem Kitchen
Open Hours: 11am to 9pm
Address: 96 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Ph: 0477218318

Organica, St Leonards

St Leonards is quickly becoming a sought-after destination for foodies on the Lower North Shore, thanks to a number of trendy eateries popping up in the area. The Rusty Rabbit, a comic-themed brunch franchise, and The Mayflower, an immersive art cafe, were two of the first establishments to draw crowds. Then famed chef Josh Niland opened Petermen recently to rave reviews. Now Organica, a new all-day, Mediterranean-inspired cafe and patisserie joins the mix.

Those who visit the Inner West will be no strangers to the Organica name, as they have two highly successful stores in Croydon and Leichhardt. The original Croydon cafe is located in the historic 1921 Central Picture Palace & Ritz Theatre.

St Leonards is Organica’s biggest cafe yet and continues the brand’s legacy with a focus on ‘celebrating the past and embracing the future’. The fit out is absolutely stunning as well.

“We decided to expand to St Leonards because we love the area and when we got offered a space by Mirvac (the property builders) we took it,” explains Costa John Meitanis, CEO of Organica group. “The locals have really welcomed us which we are so thankful for.”

Organica’s menus are inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean – all your favourite Greek, Cypriot and Italian food – whilst reflecting Australia’s love for fresh, high-quality produce.

“We have over 100 items on our menu so it’s hard to pick our must-try dishes,” Costa laughs. “Our lamb souvlaki is amazing. If you have a sweet tooth, try our Nutella crêpes with ice cream. If you want to go something light, try our calamari with a side of Greek or beetroot salad.”

Organica St Leonards’ all-day breakfast menu is available from 6:30am-5pm with everything from halloumi BLTs and smoked salmon omelettes to açai bowls and baklava French toast.

They also have a dedicated lunch and dinner menu featuring shareable starters, fresh salads, slow-cooked or char-grilled meats, steaks, burgers, pasta and pizza.

Another big drawcard at Organica is their memorable selection of homemade cakes and pastries, made fresh daily by their talented pastry chefs at their in-house bakery theatre in Concord. Butterfly choux buns, Nutella ricotta cheesecake and Belgian chocolate mousse cake are just some of the tempting treats on offer.

Organica’s drinks menu is equally impressive, with everything from toffee coffee, “Greek frappé,” and freshly squeezed watermelon juice to Italian wine, sangria, and Limoncello Spritz.

Organica hopes to grow its brand NSW-wide and when asked about the secret to the brand’s success, Costa says, “Just be you, don’t cut corners and keep your product consistent!”

Where: Shop R2101/488 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 6am-11pm + Sun, 6am-10pm
Website: https://organica.com.au/st-leonards/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Organica.Australia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/organicaau/

Crescent Croissanterie, Crows Nest

Image: @quietpalate Instagram

Everyone else may be holidaying in Europe but you don’t need to travel that far to try delicious French pastries. Crescent Croissanterie in Crows Nest opened last year, and its limited amounts are baked fresh every day.

Named after the croissant shape similar to a crescent moon, Crescent’s menu includes pain au chocolat and almond croissants, tiramisu croissants, savoury croissants, the ‘dirty chocolate’ croissant, cinnamon buns and more.

It’s the first time owner Elly has run her own business after working for 10 years in Sydney bakeries, and says she loves the North Shore location where every croissant is baked fresh every morning.

“It’s a lovely neighbourhood! People are so kind, even though we are new in town, people are welcoming and supporting us very well,” she said.  “Our signature item is Earl Grey custard. If you are more like a savoury person, I would recommend our house made basil pesto with cherry tomatoes and bocconcini.”

There’s something to tempt your taste buds and transport you to Paris but try to visit before 11am, and take a seat outside in their new seating area with a coffee to enjoy your special treat!

Cresent Croissenterie
Where: 2/134 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat – Sun 8am – 3pm
Website: https://www.instagram.com/crescent_croissanterie/

SAKE BAR: EN, Neutral Bay

A hidden Japanese SAKE bar in Neutral Bay is opening on November 25th!

The owners are from Wakayama in Japan. A place that takes its SAKE very seriously.

“Wakayama is blessed with a scenic and rich natural environment. Each brewery competes for traditional techniques, using carefully selected rice suitable for sake.

“We are here to present special craft sake and a variety of cuisine to our new sake bar in Neutral Bay Sydney.”

Here’s what’s on offer:

* Plum wine, Yuzu sake, Craft sake, and many products imported from Wakayama Prefecture.

* Sushi and sashimi by legendary Chef “Tamaki”, who is the former head chef of the Suntory Restaurant.

*Food available until late – last order of snacks at 23:00pm

* Japanese-style hospitality

The snacks menu is very traditional and includes marinated squid with Yuzu, marinated octopus with wasabi, stewed beef tendon, simmered fish head with umeboshi, rice in Green Tea soup with seaweed, chefs tempura with umeboshi and more. There’s also a selection of sushi and sashimi with orders required before 9pm on the day. Pre-reservations are also required for the “famous sashimi boat” at least one day before.

Sake Bar: En
Address: 79 Cheal Lane, Neutral Bay
Website:  https://www.jculturesydney.com/sake-en
For reservations:  https://booking.washokulovers.com/client/Sake_Bar_En/… Opening hours: 7 days open from 17:30 until late

Jacaranda Restaurant, Killara

Killara’s dining scene has a new crown jewel. Introducing Jacaranda Restaurant & Bar – a Modern Asian restaurant inside a mid 70’s icon building. Owned and operated by the newly renovated Killara Hotel & Suites, this Asian and Japanese-inspired eatery fuses traditional and innovative flavours with modern gastronomy and fresh Australian produce. The result is an exciting dining experience that one local diner declared is on par with Tetsuya’s!

“The inspiration behind Jacaranda Dining was the diverse demographic in the North Shore area, as well as people’s changing palette towards fresh and unique flavours, infused with the experiences of our talented chefs,” explains Kun Rahadian – Group General Manager for Hometel

Jacaranda’s enticing menu of share plates and playful desserts was carefully curated by award-winning Executive Chef, Alf Ma, who hails from an iconic restaurant and venue in Circular Quay.

“His influences are predominantly inspired from growing up and emulating his grandmother’s style of cooking and infusing this with his creativity as well as an understanding of what guests want to see,” Kun says.

For starters, Kun recommends Jacaranda’s pacific oysters, Hokkaido scallop, tempura cauliflower and stuffed chicken wing. The steam market fish, roast eggplant and ever popular wagyu strip lion MBS 6+ are ideal to share for mains, and best followed with tiramisu miso or lychee granita for dessert, which Kun describes as “a light palette cleanser to the rich flavours of north Asia and Japan.”

Jacaranda has curated its beverage list to complement the food, offering everything from craft beers and sake to gin and whisky. They source 80% of these from local suppliers and 20% internationally.

Jacaranda Restaurant opened in mid-September, first with dinner and then breakfast and lunch late last month.

“The North Shore precinct is like a large village and the sense of community is very strong,” Kun says. “The greetings of neighbours, the support, encouragement and well wishes during our hotel and restaurant opening have been very touching.”

The Killara Hotel & Suites team is excited to open The Ground Bar by Jacaranda in mid-October, which provides more than just a botanical backdrop for your next event – it boasts an outdoor bar, 75” LED TV and caters for 70 people seated and 150 standing.

Stay tuned!

Jacaranda Restaurant
Website: https://www.killarasuites.com.au/jacaranda/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacaranda_dining/
Bookings: 02 9410 1966
Opening Hours: Breakfast 7:30am–12:30pm, Lunch 12-3pm, Dinner 6-10pm

The Dubliner, Cremorne

There once was an Irishman who landed on the sunny shores of Cremorne, and longed to share a piece of his hometown with the locals… and along came The Dubliner!

A brand new Irish pub has opened its doors on Military Road, a few doors down from the Cremorne Orpheum. Owned by a local Irishman, The Dubliner is here to bring an authentic piece of Ireland’s distinctively warm and welcoming pub atmosphere to the local community, featuring deliciously creamy pints of Guinness on tap (of course!), a range of whiskeys, spirits, wines, and classic cocktails. Hot cheesy toasties, fresh hot soup, and Irish crisps are also available all day.

“Come and enjoy the craic at your local Irish pub! Whether you want a laugh, a cry, or a whinge, we’re here to serve your favourite tipple. Open every day, as it should be!”
Relax over a pint or meet up with the lads and ladies for cocktails; The Dubliner is a place for the community to gather. You can also catch all the Irish sports matches on their tv.
The Dubliner is open everyday from noon. Come on down and enjoy the craic!

The Dubliner Irish Pub
2/350 Military Road, Cremorne
Website: www.thedubliner.com.au/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedublinersydney/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thedublinersydney/

Taqueria, Cammeray

Cammeray Square just scored itself a go-to Mexican eatery for date nights, friendly catch-ups, and celebrations. Taqueria draws inspiration from the taco trucks and hole-in-the-wall taquerias that are scattered across Mexico. The menu is stylish but still authentic to its Mexican roots.

The 8-hour slow-cooked Beef Barbacoa

Choose between traditional slow-cooked meats, fresh-cooked seafood, vegan ceviche, tostadas, tacos, and larger plates to share. There’s also a Margarita, Mezcal and Tequila Menu, along with wine, beer, spirits, cocktail and mocktail menus.

Book in for Bottomless Margaritas paired with a 6-course meal on the weekend for just $99 pp, or stop by for happy hour every Friday and Saturday from 2:30-5pm with 2 for 1 margaritas and tacos/bontanas from $5.

And forget cooking at home on Tuesday evenings with their new Taco Tuesday offering with a delicious range of tacos available for just $5 all day and night!

Address: 405 Miller Street, Cammeray, 2062

Phone: (02) 7202 0045

Opening Hours: Tue 5-9pm, Wed-Fri 12-2:30pm & 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 12-3pm & 5-9pm

Website: https://www.taqueria.com.au

Amah by Ho Jiak, Chatswood

Amah is the food baby of chefs Junda Khoo and Hun Loong, and the newest restaurant to join the Ho Jiak family. The upmarket Malaysian restaurant opened two weeks in June, before the latest COVID lockdown in the District Dining Precinct at Chatswood Interchange.

“My good friend Hun Loong’s amah (grandmother) passed away during the pandemic,” shares owner and executive chef, Junda Khoo. “He loved her dearly and so when he couldn’t fly back to attend her funeral, it broke him. That’s when the discussion of paying tribute to her legacy started. Loong realised that in all his professional years as a chef, he’d never cooked Malaysian food before, and it was almost an epiphany moment where he decided it was time to cook his grandmother’s food to honour her legacy.”

The Amah Fish Ball Soup

Since reopening, customers have rushed to Amah for a taste of Ho Jiak’s home-style Malaysian cooking that has a touch of flair and sophistication.

“It has always been my mission to share and spread the different tastes of Asian food here in Sydney,” Khoo explains. “In fact, all four Ho Jiak restaurants are different in taste and menu. Amah in particular, showcases the food from Ipoh in northwest Malaysia, where Loong’s family is from.”

Signature dishes that Chef Khoo and Chef Loong recommends includes:

  • Amah’s signature handmade Spanish mackerel fish-ball soup
  • Mum’s caramelised soy char siu pork belly
  • Assam nyonya curry toothfish
  • Wok fried king prawns with dried Sarawak black pepper curry
  • Oyster with raw sambal dressing
  • Fried chicken wing marinated with red fermented bean curd
  • Stir fried cabbage with mung bean noodle and bean curd skin
  • Braised pickle mustard with roast duck and pork belly

For more via video, click here. 

You’ll find Amah by Ho Jiak at:

Address: Kiosk 1 & 2, The District, Podium Level, Chatswood Interchange, 436 Victoria Avenue Chatswood, 2067

Phone: (02) 9170 4714

Website & Bookings: https://www.hojiak.com.au/chatswood/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amah.hojiak

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amah.hojiak

Me Pho Vietnamese Street Food, Chatswood

Me Pho is the second venture for owners Bac and Kim, who have another street food restaurant in Bankstown. They decided to bring their ”home-grown” Vietnamese cooking to Chatswood and opened in late April of this year. Lockdown hit not soon after, and they’re just re-opening their doors again – in fact you can probably smell the delicious cooking down the streets!

“COVID restrictions definitely slowed down the business,”” says Kim. “Given we are still new in the area, during lockdown, people are more comfortable ordering food from the local restaurants they knew for a long time. We just want to let the community know that we are here to provide Vietnamese food with a difference! We are also exploring options on home cooking kits for customers to cook dishes at home, Watch this space!

And with dine-in an option again, Bac is looking forward to introducing his food to the community.

“This is my food, this is who I am,” he says. “There are no rules in cooking – just creating dishes authentic to my self. With new ways of pairing seasonal ingredients, and balancing between the old and the new. I just want people to taste food made my way.”

Kim says their must-try dishes are:

–  “Pho, a slow cooked broth of marrow bone and meat in a special blend of herbs and spices with Bac’s own twist, giving the pho a unique flavour that when customers taste it, they knew it’s from Me Pho.

– Crispy Banh Xeo (vietnamese crispy pancake), different to the traditional banh xeo that’s usually filled with mung beans and pork mince. our banh xeo is filled with tiger king prawn and chicken. Insanely crispy and light, you can easily demolish one on your own, or it’s perfect to share as an entree.

– Charcoal grilled pork/chicken, all grilled dishes are made to order. When the charred meat arrives at your table, we guarantee the people next to you will be jealous!

– Our special drinks: Unlike other Vietnamese restaurants, our drinks are created in house with a balance between the old and new south-east Asian flavours: Lychee Lemon Green Tea, Vietnamese Mint and Lime, Coconut Lychee with red dragon fruit).

– Fried ice cream, it’s slap-the-person-next-to-you kinda good!”

You’ll find Me Pho at:

Address: 375 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Facebook page: https://business.facebook.com/pg/MePhoRestaurant/

Website: https://www.mepho.com.au/

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/mephostreetfood/

Cornucopia Bakery, Naremburn

It’s no secret the community has a love of a good bakery, so it’s little wonder the hood has been buzzing with the news of this opening. Cornucopia Bakery has taken up where well-known Delicia Bakery used to be in the Naremburn shopping strip on Willoughby Rd.

It’s owned and run by husband and wife team Zahir and Suzannah. They have an 8 year old son and 4-year-old twin boys as well, and currently live in Maroubra but are looking to move over the bridge soon. Zahir is a chef by trade and Suzannah is an actor. They’ve been in the bakery and café business for about four years now.

So how did they end up in our lovely Naremburn?

“I dropped in to get some flowers from the wonderful Ivy League,” says Suzannah, “and saw the For Lease sign, it was the old Delicia Bakery and perfect for us. We saw it the next morning and started the fit out a few weeks ago. It’s been hard and fast but so enjoyable. We have cruised the beautiful streets here and love that its so quiet but full of wonderful personalities!”

There’s another local connection as well with the pair also running another nearby bakery. “We own a shop at Castle Cove that we used to run as a Grumpy Baker. However, we have rebranded that shop and opened Naremburn and they both trade under our new venture Cornucopia Bakery. We only have the two shops (for now ),” says Suzannah.

Lovers of all things pastry and dough will have to ensure this new store is on the must-visit list – for any time of the day. ‘We’ve got delights and treats for breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner (any time really)…” says Suzannah. “We have sourdough loaves, bagels, babkas and the old school classics of pies, cheese sticks, vegie pasties, cakes, vanilla slice, banoffee pies, and we even have Gluten Free options to boot. When we finally get to open up a bit, we will also have tables and chairs for a quick carb stop off.”

So far the vegie pastie and the beef, bacon and cheese pies have been getting rave returners, according to Suzannah. “Our bread and butter pud is pretty darn good, too!”

Opening in the middle of restrictions certainly hasn’t dampened the reception from the community with a line out the door on day one. Suzannah says the enthusiasm and welcome they’ve received is what’s carried them through the difficult open.

“We have been so chuffed and buoyed by the love and support we receive every day,” she says. ‘We love the locals and we look forward to being able to actually have a chat, mask free, soooon. We are excited to be surrounded a community that is supportive and encouraging. It has helped us get through. Obviously it has been quite a few months getting the bakery baby up and cooking but phew its done. Please come and say hi!”

Address: 2/296-298 Willoughby Rd, Naremburn

Phone: 0421 374 684

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CornucopiaBakerySydney

Instagram: @cornucopia_bakery

Chill Restaurant, Crows Nest

If you’re wondering about the name of new restaurant ‘’Chill’ at Crows Nest, it has nothing to do with the food temperature. They love turning up the heat! Instead, the name comes from their desire to offer relaxation and enjoyment while dining. “That’s our main goal, to make you guys chill”.

The interior looks lovely, and there’s even a bookshelf for those who really want to relax. “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably,” said C.S.Lewis, and Chill has certainly added to the ambiance with this thoughtful offering.

But what of the food? Well there’s nothing ”chill” about their passion for food here. Kevin, the owner, a head chef (and dad) says, “We aim to serve our customers with the same quality and authentic food as our family.” With a mission “to deliver the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine to customers,” there’s a lot of enticing dishes on the menu. Including:

  • Crisp fried silken tofu, topped with our beautiful homemade salted egg mayo and pork floss.
  • Grilled Lemongrass Porkchop
  • Steamed Barramundi with sweet soy sauce, ginger & shallot.
  • Green Papaya Salad with pork & prawn in sweet & sour dressing sauce with black sesame cracker & roasted nuts
  • Duck Curry
  • Pho
  • Much more!

There’s also a comprehensive wine and beer list, with regular happy hours (keep an eye on their socials). Delivery is available via Ubereats and Doordash.

Address: 52 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest

Phone: (02) 9460 8937

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chillcrowsnest/

Instagram: @chill.restaurant

Rosebud Café Castle Cove

With stunning interiors and a convenient take-away servery window, Rosebud Café Castle Cove is now open for business. The new owners have a background in hospitality for the last 10 years (including pubs) but this is the first cafe. They’re long-time locals though and say: “having grown up in the area, we’ve always had a vision for the place. When the cafe went for sale last year, we decided to put that vision into reality and give the cafe a new lease of life.”

“The space has been underutilised for the last few years so the community will enjoy having a friendly place where they can come together, unwind and mingle all while enjoying specialty coffee and delicious food. They will love dining in the beautifully renovated interior and the convenience of the takeaway servery window.”

The menu is modern Australian (and includes brekky items such as the Bush Bircher infused with lemon myrtle, the Mexican Eggs and the Smashed Pea on Sourdough; and lunch items like the Ploughman’s/Antipasto Plate, Honey Miso Pumpkin Salad, Lamb Flatbread, Croque Monsieur, Market Fish Soft Tacos, Poke Bowl and KFC (Korean Fried Chicken Burger).

They’re currently open for breakfast and lunch with the plan to open soon for dinner as well – and we’re looking forward to seeing the menu!

Address: 10 Deepwater Road, Castle Cove.

Facebook: @rosebud.castlecove

Instagram:  @rosebud_castle_cove

Cafe Lost and Found, North Sydney


Cafe Lost and Found’s addition to Miller Street will give you much to talk about. This botanically inspired café offers a greenhouse-style indoor haven where you can enjoy your woodfire roasted coffee and munch on delicious food without feeling rushed. Part of the cafe’s charm is a retail section on one side selling antiques and plants, including the option to bring along your furry friend who’ll be treated to their own little menu! And the human menu sounds wonderful too – there’s a beautiful selection of cakes and pastries, the brunch items look like words of art and lunch is all about the three ”p’s” – pizza, pasta and platters!!

Address: 223 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060

Phone: 0468 883 633

Website: https://www.cafelostandfound.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-Lost-and-Found-108246004337947


Butter at Chatswood

Image: Butter

One of the most exciting new cafes and restaurants to open on the North Shore is Butter. The popular hot-sauce doused fried chicken eatery from Surry Hills is now open in Chatswood with a brand new charcoal-bbq chook option on the menu. Despite its presence here in Sydney since 2016, we’re still inspired by how it’s merged three disparate products: sneakers, chicken and Champagne. After being a hit in both Surry Hills and then Parramatta, we have high hopes for its presence in the Lower North Shore. It’s newest venue is showcasing hard-to-find sneaker brands, its own line of merch as well as local and international fashion brands such as Raised By Wolves and Chinatown Market. Besides its chook options, expect to find beef burgers and salads on the menu and a wide range of Champagne, bubbles and cocktails.

Address: Shop B/39 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067

Website: https://buttersydney.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buttersyd


Opened: December 2020

The Urban Teahouse, Naremburn

Image: The Urban Teahouse

Are you looking for a lovely morning tea experience with freshly baked homemade scones and cakes? Lucky for you, there’s a new spot open in Willoughby called The Urban Teahouse and it would like to welcome you to its very pretty space. Apart from the usual suspects, it’s also serving up afternoon tea grazing boards with options for those without a sweet tooth. You can even dine in and have eggs, cheese toasties, pancakes, fresh ciabatta rolls with various filling options, salads and more. The vegetarians among you will be more than pleased with the options on the menu.

Address: 292 Willoughby Rd, Naremburn

Website: http://theurbanteahouse.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theurbanteahouse/

Instagram: @theurbanthouse


Image: BRACI

BRACI, an Italian-themed restaurant, showcases a combination of world-class wine and cocktails with spuntini and pizza on its menu, in a relaxed setting. It’s taken over The Italian’s space on High St.

Address: 183-191 High St, Willoughby

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/braci.au



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