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Published May 22nd 2015
A cafe that turns into a tapas bar at night
The Runaway Spoon provides an inner city vibe in the leafy North Shore suburb of Lindfield. The Runaway Spoon is situated at a location 2 minutes away from the train station, and has plenty of parking right outside the restaurant too. Open from 7am, seven days a week, The Runaway Spoon specialises in superior coffee and up-market cafe food. From 6pm Wednesday to Saturday evenings, diners can enjoy a 'tapas -style' bar, share plates, non-shared plates, wine and boutique beers by the bottle, as well as on tap.
My friends and I had heard about The Runaway Spoon from someone else who recommended things from their brunch menu. Apparently lots of locals gather here for a weekend brunch, but we decided to be a little different and go there for dinner, which has a separate menu.
We were immediately greeted by friendly staff members who showed us to our seats and gave us water. After only a short glimpse away, I was faced with an interesting and unique menu, which made me wonder what their other menus looked like.
After some careful consideration, we all went with meals from their "Not to Share" section (To view their bar/night menu, click here). We waited for about half an hour for their food, which I thought was a decent amount of time for four separate and delicate dishes to prepare. Although, it was sad to see that the restaurant was only about half-full on a Saturday night, I guess my friend was right, this place mainly has their customers for the day.
I had a "Double Baked Spinach & Ricotta Soufflé" served with roast tomato sauce, parmesan and crunchy side salad. I thought the salad could've had more dressing, but the combination of their array of vegetables still made the salad irresistible. The soufflé itself was superb to say the least. The eggs were whipped just right, and there was a fine balance between the spinach and ricotta in there. The classic spinach and ricotta combination is just so delicious and versatile that there is nothing negative I could say about the dish. I admit, I stayed quiet while my friends chatted in order to devour this soufflé. A massive thumbs up.
My friend had a "Portuguese-Style Grilled Chicken Burger", served on brioche bun with bacon, spicy tomato relish, cheese, iceberg lettuce, fried onion, chilli mayo & steak fries. He thought the meat inside the burger was cooked perfect, and the flavours combined well with the piece of bacon. This burger had generous amounts of all ingredients that combined together to make a very enticing dish. Unsurprisingly, he obliterated the burger within 5 minutes. He's a huge fan of chips, so of course those received a nod of approval from him. The only thing on the dish he didn't like was the chilli mayo, but he couldn't pinpoint what exactly it was that made it spicy, as it didn't taste like chilli. He said that the sauce on its own somehow carried him across to pinpoint at least 3 different tastes in the first 5 seconds, but together with the chips just made the combination seem odd.
My other companion had an "Old Fashioned Beef Burger" served on brioche bun with bacon, lettuce, tomato beetroot & fried onion & side of steak fries. She said that the meat complemented the texture of the brioche bun and was very tender. She especially liked the fresh vegetables, especially the beetroots, that accompanied the hearty piece of meat. However, after constantly complaining about the ingredients falling out, she said that while the burger was great, it had nothing special or new to offer, which completely reflects the title of the dish. It was simply an enjoyable meal, paired with perfectly cooked chips.
My other friend had a "BBQ King Prawns" with fresh chilli, ginger, garlic, coriander & caviar served on a rice noodles. I wasn't sure why he'd ordered it, as he cannot eat spicy food whatsoever, so consequently he struggled to keep a cup of water out of his hand. Nonetheless, he really enjoyed the generous size of the king prawns. They were very fresh and easy to peel, but also had a zesty and unique punch that kicked in after taking a first bite. He particularly liked the eccentric combination of the prawns with rice noodles. Those noodles were of a quirky blend between exotic Asian and Western flavours and herbs that just made him want to keep eating in an attempt to figure it out. They were also not too dry, like a lot of rice noodles seem to be. Despite the spiciness, he enjoyed the dish.
Although the dishes looked small, we were all somehow full from eating them, so unfortunately there was no space for dessert. Overall, it was a pretty unique experience, and I have to admit, I find it hard to imagine that this tapas bar gets turned into a brekky-lunch cafe during the day. I cannot wait to come back during the day for brekky, lunch or brunch.