Pop in for a toffee coffee and fresh-baked pastry from Organica’s patisserie, or settle in to their beautiful cafe for a Mediterranean breakfast, lunch or dinner with a Limoncello Spritz!
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
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