A casually parked retro bicycle with a basket full of fake blooms marks the entrance to this relative newcomer to McMahons Point. The North Spoon is already popular with locals, and it’s easy to see why.
It’s an airy, light-filled space decked out with a repurposed timber counter and a corrugated iron feature wall. Leafy green plastic pants in hanging plant baskets and wicker rattan chairs add to the rustic farmhouse styling.
Bi-fold windows let in plenty of fresh air and allow diners a front row seat to the pedestrian parade along Blues Point Road. The sky is an impossible shade of blue, and while their winter branches might be devoid of leaves, you can see the impending spring in the buds on the Liquidambar trees.
We settle in with a Campos coffee that arrives slightly burnt in a Flat White ($3.50) and a Go Bananas Smoothie ($7.50). The latter is a healthy blend of bananas, chia seeds, flaxseeds, honey, yoghurt and milk, that isn’t over-sweet. The breakfast menu is interesting and diverse enough to make choosing difficult.
We eventually decide upon a Breakfast Skillet ($23) that runs with the venue's rustic farmhouse styling by presenting an abundant mix of breakfast staples in a cast iron pan. Along with the expected bacon and golden-yolked poached eggs, you’ll also find a tasty thin-skinned breakfast sausage, excellent blood pudding, grilled tomato and crisp potato rösti, all sitting on a bed of tasty house-made baked beans.
Equally eye-catching, the Brioche Benedict ($21), tames the wickedness of buttery toasted brioche with a light and airy Hollandaise, and the addition of some well-handled vegetables. The oven-roasted tomato, char-grilled asparagus spears and rainbow chard make a nice counterpoint to the dish, which can be topped with your choice of ham, bacon or smoked salmon.
Both breakfasts represent substantial starts to the day, and there’s enough left on this breakfast menu to warrant a return visit if I ever find myself in McMahons Point at breakfast time again.
The North Spoon
165 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point
Ph: (02) 8964 8001