Willoughby Living

Exciting New North Shore Cafes and Restaurants to Try

April 19, 2021

With the new year comes some fabulous new foodie adventures to be had on the North Shore. From a cafe that sells Champagne and sneakers, to a pretty Teahouse, an Egyptian family cafe venture, a new burger joint and more… We’ll keep adding to this very exciting list of new cafes and restaurants!


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
Instagram: @cafe.lostandfoundk

Chard House, Cammeray

Image: Chard House

The Chard House draws its passion from its understanding of how a good meal can connect people. What this has led to is a modern take on the traditional chicken shop with the help of chefs who have had over 15 years experience in a variety of cuisines such as Italian, Greek and Armenian. This amalgamation of experiences is what’s influenced and inspired Chard House’s flavours. They’re known for their wagyu beef burgers and juicy chargrilled free-range chickens but there’s a lot more on the menu to try out!

Address: Shop 14, 450 millers st Cammeray Sydney, NSW, Australia 2062
Phone: 02 9955 4332
Website: https://chardhouse.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chard-House-102925101627923/
Instagram: @chard.house

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
Instagram: @buttersydney
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 NSW 2065
Email: theurbanteahouse@outlook.com
Website: http://theurbanteahouse.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theurbanteahouse/
Instagram: @theurbanthouse
Opened: January 2021

Slide N Shake, Willoughby

Burger lovers rejoice! Slide N Shake is making its way into your foodie life with its latest outpost in Willoughby. It’s got a mix of beef and chicken burgers and we’re particularly intrigued by the Inferno – two Angus beef patties with a double serving of crispy bacon, American cheese jalapenos, pickles, chipotle, and habanero sauce. The Southern Fried Chilli Chicken burger sounds pretty good as well. Now imagine these with a side of buffalo wings, cheesy chips, milkshake and a warm doughnut filled with Nutella and topped with crushed Oreos. It’s the ultimate comfort food feast. Of course, it’s an extensive menu so you can choose a different dream combo if you please.

Address: 304 Penshurst St, Willoughby NSW
Phone: 0284564927
Website: https://slidenshake.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snswilloughby
Instagram: @slidenshakewilloughby
Opened: December, 2020

DNAs Corner, Willoughby

Many locals will have noticed the new signage along Mowbray Rd where Breadworks 2 used to be. The site has now been taken over by new owners, Two Egyptian families: Hany’s and Ayman’s, and they’re all very excited about meeting and serving food from their Chef Jimin to the local community.

“We are proud to announce that the first @dnas_corner is now open at Willoughby, NSW. We are open for breakfast, brunch & lunch, takeaway and dine in. Come down for a coffee, courtesy of our good friends @littleitalycoffeeroasters, or a meal and see what the DNA’s corner’s experience is all about.”

The first thing you might notice is that the Barista is familiar – David has worked previously at Rubino’s, Rays Place, High St Deli and Tarboosh, so there’s a good chance he already knows your coffee order!

Menu items consist of: Croissant Sandwiches (choose from turkey and cheese; smoked salmon and avocado; ‘the Club’, and grilled mozzarella with tomato, red peppers and pesto); Wraps – the Falafel, Chicken, Philly Cheesesteak and Veggie; Soups and Salads; Pasta and Burgers: pancakes, crepes and waffles; Gelato Ice Cream, and Smoothies and Juices (the Lychee and Coconut Juice sounds delicious!). There’s also a brekkie menu, and many with sides of either turkey bacon or beef bacon.

Kids are well catered for with comfy lounges, colouring-in, their own menu items and the enticing Gelato cart at the front!

Pop in and say hi to the members of this lovely family who welcome your feedback.

Address: 130 Mowbray Rd, Willoughby NSW
Phone: (02) 8283 0112
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snswilloughby
Instagram: dnas_corner
Opened: January, 2020


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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/braci.au
Instagram: @braci.au
Opened: March

If you love trying new dining options, be sure to click here for our guide to all the great new restaurants in Lane Cove!

If you have a cafe or restaurant opening in the area soon, please click here to get in touch so we can add it to the list. 


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