Charming cafes and restaurants are popping up all the time but if you don't have great ambience, good location, prompt friendly service and most importantly great food, then your business won't survive.
The North Spoon located at 165 Blues Point Road, Mc Mahon's Point opened recently on 15 May. This charming rustic style cafe is a welcome addition to a busy area that is seething with good places to eat.
The cafe name instantly conjures up thoughts of food. Here I found, you will fill your spoon to overflowing and doubtfully will leave even a crust of toast. The owners Varun and Anil Sharma have dedicated all their energy and passion into delivering a superb modern contemporary menu in a stylish cafe space.
The outside decor is inviting. A burst of colourful flowers casually displayed in a bicycle basket begs you to enter. The interior is refreshingly spacious and light streams in from the wide open bifold windows, allowing diners to watch the interesting pedestrian parade.
Inside features dark wood tables and rustic wicker rattan dining chairs under a canopy of overhanging green foliage highlighted with warm lighting. The open space features a leather banquette dividing the space with larger group seating options behind.
This garden area is set to become a sought-after haven within the busy pocket of dining areas on Blues Point Road. If you have a young family, this would be the ideal space for restless young ones to let off some steam.
After looking around, it was now time to get down to the business of eating. The tempting menu created by talented Chef Wahid Mamun offers food of substance. You can order from the all-day breakfast menu, coffee by Campos, tea from T2 and the usual fresh juices, smoothies, frappes and milkshakes. The menu doesn't slack off at lunch either, offering a selection of burgers, ribs, pasta, sandwiches, seafood and salads. The little ones also have a choice of dishes; meatballs, fish and chips and a popular kids favourite - chicken strips with chips. If you enjoy an alcoholic beverage then look no further than the bar menu offering a good selection of Beers, Ales, Ciders and Australian Wines.
Our coffees arrived al pronto. My flat white came with the smooth texture of well-steamed milk. The coffee had a velvety consistency, with a slight caramel aroma and a lively aftertaste. I had no complaints.
A real badass bowl of farmhouse goodness. The base of the piping hot skillet was covered in robust cannellini beans sauteed in a homemade tomato sauce. The foundation was stacked with a crispy rosti, bolstered by a slab of pork sausage, crispy bacon slices, two lusty poached eggs, grilled tomato and two wedges of the best black pudding sausage I've ever tasted.
I would re-visit here just to eat the black pudding. The sausage wasn't overly fatty, greasy or overcooked. The thin casing was filled with intense juicy flavour, without being too heavy. This sausage was a winner.
Black Pudding - image credit: Seafarrwide
The Salmon Stack also didn't disappoint. In fact, if you desire a hearty breakfast but on the lighter side and love salmon, you will win with this choice.
Salmon Stack $19 - image credit: Seafarrwide
Eggs are another perfect food that can be cooked so many ways. To make the perfect poached egg, I believe requires some skill. The Salmon stack was topped with a plump poached egg that only required a slight nudge before oozing out a glossy stream of thick golden yolk drenching the stack of rosti and spinach with eggy flavour.
The banana wrapped with prosciutto was interesting. I love banana, but when fried it can sometimes lose its sweetness and go a bit dry. To counteract this I made good use of the strawberry coulis and the scattering of berries. I would have preferred the serving to come with a small jug of maple syrup on the side. Then I could have drizzled a tad more syrup over the prosciutto wrapped bananas. I'm sure if ordered, it would have arrived in a flash.