Tag Archive for: Sutherland Shire Eats

Blackfish Café & Grill, Como

01 Apr
April 1, 2014

I really can’t express what a little hidden paradise, of The Sutherland Shire, Como is.  I recently shared with you all the The Como Grill located in the Como Hotel.  This would be the most obvious place to eat, as it is the most prominent building in Como.  Actually to those not familiar with the are, you may think it was the only place to eat in this waterside suburb.

Not true, there are actually a couple of other places to eat.  One, a Thai restaurant located at the entrance to The Pleasure Grounds, and the other options quite hidden, you need to know they are there.

Black Fish Cafe 7Blackfish Café is one of these hidden gems.  You have to know it is there, be looking for it, or luckily stumble upon it by chance while strolling through the park.  Located next door to the (free) local swimming pool inside The Pleasure Grounds.  The café has stunning views over the Georges River, Como Marina and the Como Bridge. Read more →

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The Como Grill, Como

18 Mar
March 18, 2014

I remember when the historic Como Hotel burnt to the ground.  The disbelief and feeling of loss by the whole community was quite amazing.  There was a great love for this beautiful old hotel.  It was part of the area’s history and landscape.

The original hotel was over 100 years old when that fateful fire ripped through her.  It started its life as a German Club, I believe for German railway workers.  It then became the ‘local’ in 1887.

The local in those days wasn’t very local.  There was nothing around it.  Day trippers would row across the Georges River to the Como Pleasure Grounds for a day of picnicking.  When the railway line eventually went in it opened up the area.  Land was subdivided into residential blocks and Como became a viable suburb not just a weekend destination.

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Café 2232, Sutherland

09 Mar
March 9, 2014

Thrilled to discover another decent coffee joint in The Shire.  Though I am kicking myself.  I have walked past Café 2232 countless times over the past three years to visit Sally’s vet a few doors up. You could say that Sutherland Veterinary Clinic is a second home for us of late.  It was after dropping Sally off again for a procedure, yet again, that Josh and I decided to call in and have breakfast. 

Café 2232 is situated on the ‘other’ side of the tracks.  Prime location directly opposite Sutherland train station and just down from the main bus terminus.  You could say that this is the ‘quite’ side of Sutherland.

Cafe 2232 Sutherlandcoffee $3.50  & orange juice $5

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Post Box Cafe, Yowie Bay

28 Jan
January 28, 2014

The Post Box Café, as I have discovered, is a hidden Sutherland Shire gem.  Located a little off the beaten track on a sleepy suburban street in Yowie Bay.

A medium sized café, with the majority of seating outside under umbrellas.  Obviously loved by locals as it is packed on the weekends.  I decide to visit on a Tuesday and as expected I avoided the weekend crowds.   Saying that, it wasn’t empty by any account, it was pleasantly busy.

Every  Tuesday and Sunday they offer a $12 lunch special, in addition to their regular menu.  On the Tuesday we visited there were three choices for the lunch special, prawn wonton stack, a pasta dish and a grilled chorizo & haloumi salad.

Post Box Cafe Yowie BayAs tempting as the specials sounded we decide to stick with the regular menu.  The menu has typical café fare, starters, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, salads and light meals.  Typical selection of drinks, but there is the nice addition of mocktails.

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Moim Japanese Kitchen, Kirrawee

21 Oct
October 21, 2013

Moim Japanese Kitchen had been on my ‘must try’ list for a while.  Yes, I know, there is a lot on that ‘must try’ list of mine.  I actually first discovered Moim trolling Urbanspoon.  It had great diner comments, and I knew we had to give it a go.

Unfortunately when it comes to dining out in my local hood, I am a last minute girl.  Really, there isn’t any pre-planning involved.  I tend to decide I don’t want to cook that evening, whinge to the boys, and out we go to eat.

My method of eating out in The Shire probably isn’t the best one.  The smattering of good restaurants down my way are generally booked solid for a Friday and Saturday night well in advance.  Last minute bookings don’t work.  Actually this makes me the perfect candidate for the queue and chew crowd.  Except I loathe to queue, I really am a booking kind of gal.

Moim-Japanese-KitchenAfter way too many attempts to make a last minute booking for a Saturday evening, it finally sunk in.  If I wanted to eat at Moim on a Friday or Saturday evening, an advanced booking needed to be made.

Then I discovered something quite magical.  Driving past one Monday lunch I noticed they were basically empty.  Light bulb moment, go for lunch on a Monday.  No pre-planning on my side, I could head there when the urge took me.

So on a college free Monday I rounded up Josh to come join me for lunch.  We had both decided to start our week off on a happy note.  Moim have both Asahi and Orion beer on tap, plus a small selection of sake.  A beer and sake were ordered.  We note that they are also BYO wine only. Read more →

The Jack of Hearts and Jude

03 Sep
September 3, 2013

I will admit that Engadine isn’t somewhere that instantly screams to me, go visit, go eat, and order coffee.  If it wasn’t for hearing good things through the grape vine, I wouldn’t of ventured the 15 minutes south of where I live.

This may sound a little strange to some of you, but living in The Shire can be a funny thing.  I do not venture past Sutherland in general.  There is a mental barrier, for what reason, I have no idea.  The only time I will go further than that is to visit the Royal National Park, or head down the ‘Gong’ way.

I have recently discovered that 15 minutes from my door is this amazing little cafe, The Jack of Hearts and Jude.  I fell in love the moment I spied it when walking up the arcade.  Think op shop, mismatched, retro, florals, bunting, oh yes, there is bunting. Read more →

Kuro Neko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland

14 Aug
August 14, 2013

Who would think that the opening of a ramen joint in Sutherland would bring me so much excitement and joy.  I am thanking the ramen gods for Kuro Neko. You see my dear readers, I now don’t need to travel ages for ramen, it is only 5 minutes away from home.  Slowly but surely good things are making their way south to The Shire.

Karu Neko 2Kuro Neko has popped up underneath a new residential development on the old Mitre 10 sight in Sutherland.  They have only been open since May, but every time I pass by they are doing a pretty good trade at lunch time.  They are also open for dinner, but I am yet to make my way there at night. Read more →

Alphabet St, Cronulla

13 May
May 13, 2013

Finally when somebody asks me where to eat in The Shire, there won’t be any deep thought or hesitation on my answer.  It is elementary my dear Watson, Alphabet St.

Located at the beach end of the Kingsway, the restaurant offers views over Dunningham Park, pedestrian concourse and the beach.  A group of us had organised to have a lazy Sunday lunch.  Three of my friends weren’t familiar at all with Cronulla and I was thrilled that it was a gorgeously sunny Autumn day.  If you are going to show off part of your hood, you want it to shine in all its glory.

Alphabet St opened up in Cronulla at the end of 2012, but a restaurant opening isn’t an unusual affair.  What excited me about this particular opening was that Joe Natale and his partner Oriana were behind it.  If their names don’t ring a bell they use to own the popular Rambutan on Oxford St in Darlinghurst.   You will also find ex-Rambutan Chef, Tiw Rakarin, in the kitchen.Alphabet St InteriorThe restaurant has a modern urban vibe.  Timber box frames on the stark walls representing buildings.  Washed concrete floors giving a pavement feel.  Unclad ceilings with drop down lights representing street lights.  A wall of green behind the bar and astro turf on the balcony is the greenery in the urban sprawl of Alphabet St.  Which just happens to be named after the Prince song ‘Alphabet Street’. Read more →

Paul’s Famous Hamburgers, Sylvania

24 Oct
October 24, 2012

Paul’s ‘famous’ Hamburgers has been around for ages.  Since 1957 actually, when Paul and Katina Zerefos established a mini-market/milk-bar and burger shop on the present site.  Today only the burger shop remains.  Did you know that Paul actually never made a hamburger?  It was his wife Katina that devised the famous burger recipe.

Katina and her children were the driving force behind the burger shop.  Originally it was only burgers that were made, they specialised in them.  Eventually the menu expanded to include milkshakes, hot chips and their signature freshly ‘squeezed’ pineapple crush.

It has been a long time between visits to Paul’s, many years, well over ten.  When we first moved to The Shire 20 years ago, Paul’s was our go to burger joint.  We really loved the burgers, but then something happened, in 1998 new owners took over.  We ventured back a couple of times but the burgers were never the same, so we stopped going. Read more →

Inc Cafe, Cronulla

23 Oct
October 23, 2012

I instantly fall in love with the decor and I silently pray that the food lives up to the look of this funky cafe.  Inc stands alone in mass of eating options in Cronulla, it does not play on the seaside location look and feel, instead it would easily be at home in Newtown or Darlinghurst.Josh and I grab a table and I pinch a menu from one of the neighbouring ones.  We are promptly bought over another menu, so we don’t have to share, by a person I take to be the owner. Read more →

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