27 April, 2013
Butcher’s Block, Wahroonga ($$)Comments : 2 Posted in : Breakfast, Cafe, Modern Australian, North Shore/Northern Beaches on by : firstname.lastname@example.org Tags: Anthony, breakfast north shore, breakfast Wahroonga, Butcher's Block, Butcher's Block north shore, Butcher's Block Wahroonga, cafe Wahroonga, George, Redleaf Avenue, restaurant Wahroonga, review, The Butcher's Block, The Butcher's Block review
Address: 15 Redleaf Ave, Wahroonga NSW
Tel: (02) 9487 8136
Monday -Saturday: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
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TBB is the newest offering on the Ku-Ring-Gai dining scene. Prowsey has been raving about this place for a while now and I finally got a chance to visit with my friend, ClareBear.
A father/son duo, George and Anthony, have transformed this space into a fresh and exciting new eatery whilst managing to retain the personality and uniqueness of the shop which, for over 70 years, was a Butchery.
The Butcher style aprons, meat hooks and various accessories add to the atmosphere, while wooden benches and the smell of freshly ground coffee invite passersby inside to taste the delicious foods on offer.
The place has a sort of rustic, garden vibe, with a lot of wood and exposed brick. The crowning glory of the decor is the vintage meat cleaver used by a Butcher in the store in 1882. While I LOVE that they have decided to use a vintage item in the restaurant, I was appalled to find that the cleaver is now used as a handle to enter the toilets! Bit gross really…
ClareBear and I rocked up at 10.00 am on a Saturday without a reservation. When we got there, there was already a line of about 10-15 people waiting to get in. We put our name down on the list and were told that the wait would be about 15-20 minutes. We decided to go to a nearby cafe, Danes, to have a coffee while we waited to get a seat at TBB.
After our coffee, we headed back and luckily, within about 5 minutes we were seated at an outside table. Unfortunately, as the day was very rainy, it wasn’t the best spot. We were quite cold (there were no outdoor heaters) and the awning didn’t quite shelter us fully from the rain.
Nonetheless it didn’t bother us too much, and we were excited to receive the menus.
Throughout our meal, we had a few waiters serve us. I would have preferred to have just the one waitress who gave us the menus as it would have looked a little more orderly than having a few different people checking up on us.
I would also comment that some of the waiters seemed to hurry us a little, clearing our plates very quickly and always checking whether we wanted something else. Given the cafe was quite busy, that was fair enough. I did notice that once the place quietened down (around 12.30 pm), they stopped asking us if we needed anything and we went up to the counter to pay for our meals before we left.
I was really in the mood for eggs so I decided to order the one pan bacon and eggs with sourdough and home made tomato sauce ($14.00).
I was hoping that this dish would be served in an actual pan (as the name suggests), but was a little disappointed that it was served up on a large plate. Further, the eggs were not runny enough and the sourdough was almost impossible to eat with a fork and knife as it was so crunchy. I ended up smearing the sauce over it and using my hands!
Despite the above, the tomato sauce was divine- it was chunky and slightly sour, was very rich and plentiful. There was plenty of bacon and eggs as well. If only this dish had been served in a mini pan, I would have been quite happy!
ClareBear ordered the croissant with hazelnut spread ($7.00). I had seen this on the menu before and it did look absolutely divine! A great alternative to Max Brenner, Oliver Brown or San Churros!
After breakfast we ordered some tea while we chatted away. I ordered the Congo Bongo, and ClareBear got the English Breakfast. The tea was served in cast iron tea pots which although nice to look at, were very heavy to lift! The tea pots gave us about 4 small cups each.
My Congo Bongo tea smelt like a fruity breakfast cereal and was the perfect way to relax on this particularly chilly morning!
Cast iron tea pots
English breakfast -milk served in cute bottles
Congo Bongo tea
Overall a great little breakfast spot. The decor and menu options are great, and exactly what the upper north shore needs. Service is a little disjointed, perhaps due to the large crowds.
I would love to come back to try the lunch menu sometime and even the dinner menu, which I hear is soon to come!
Overall my meal came to about $20 while Clare Bear’s was about $12.
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Value –7.5