Even my 14-year-old daughter noticed that this café was located in a very nice part of town. North Point Cafe is perfectly located within metres of a large pirate ship playground which is just on the edge of the beach. There are stunning views of Port Phillip Bay and there is a very long walking and bike trail along the beach if you're up for it and nice walk to the pier. This is like the dog capital and they are welcome at the cafe.
The cafe is spacious, modern and well appointed inside with a large bistro blind marquee on the side. The children were amused that they could attract so many birds by simply putting some sugar on the tiles. Some local told me it's the best cafe on the Brighton beach, especially if you have children as you can see them while are you eating.
Today we ordered the predicted children's menu items of chicken nuggets and chips and fish and chips. These were not overly large sizes but reasonably priced dishes - both under $10.
The steak sandwiches were enormous. This is a marinated eye fillet with caramelised onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato & homemade mustard mayonnaise in a toasted Turkish roll served with chips ($21). They were difficult to finish even for a large hungry male.
I ordered a delicious warm vegetarian salad ($18) with roasted capsicum, goat's cheese, pumpkin, quinoa & walnuts tossed with spinach, pesto & a balsamic glaze. I would have loved more feta but I could eat it all day for weeks and I'd never get sick of it. This salad took me ages to eat but I made a gallant effort and nearly finished it all. Have a look at the photos on their website and try not to drool.
For the salad, two children's meals and drinks it cost about $50. I thought this was very reasonable considered the quality of the food, the location and the service time. The fast delivery of this food makes it an ideal spot to stop when eating with impatient children.
I notice that they served all-day breakfast (all under $20.50), free range eggs and gluten free options. They have a selection of interesting salads, burgers, rolls and other goodies as well as a whole page of beverages.
A word of warning: I missed the signs that warned against the bacteria in the water. This may be an infrequent occurrence but it's worth looking out for.
Later we went back to North Point Cafe to the side window and ordered chocolate and ice-creams. This made me reminisce about beach cafes in Adelaide and long lazy summers as a child. We discussed at length the price and size of the Magnums. We agreed they are about 25% smaller and at least that much more expensive. I must say that the hot chocolates were served just the way I like them - very hot, not too sweet and quite rich.
So whether you're endowed with children, a walker, rider or dog owner, a retiree or beach lover, you're most likely to enjoy this family run cafe on Brighton Beach and its breezy outdoor casual eating area. It's open everyday from 7am – 5pm.