With a dedicated play area in the rear, a kids menu and a fully stocked change station complete with nappy rash cream, Duck Duck Goose lives up to the promise of its childhood game name by being very kid-friendly. Throw in premium hand soap - L’Occitane Verbena – to ensure Mummy or Daddy come out feeling fresh, and you’re definitely in the hands of an experienced parent. (Owner Nick Porter has two.)
Porter also has a wonderfully collegiate attitude toward supporting other local foodies. Lining the shelves above your table you'll see a great range of hot sauces from Hot Sauce Emporium; plus there's eco-friendly Mr Goaty Gelato in the freezer; and meats from Lucas Meats taking pride of place on the menu. They're all drawn from Bronte and neighbouring surrounds.
Sitting in a space surrounded by so many hipster clichés – repurposed wooden pallets, exposed Edison bulbs in bike spoke mountings, and a hanging chalk board advising they’re selling Lexington jars – I’m pleased to report the menu is pleasantly artifice-free. Instead the wide, please-all selection of beverages and dishes eschews diet fads and gimmicks - I didn’t see a freak-shake, and the only way they’re serving cold drip is in an iced coffee.
Yeah, okay the juices are cold-pressed and pricey, but an Immune Kick ($9.50) with orange, carrot, ginger, garlic, parsley, honey and cayenne pepper, delivers the old-fashioned, nutrient-rich taste that juice had before we all bought electronic juicing gadgets. Enjoyed with a bowl of Coconut Bircher Muesli ($16) topped with fresh apple sticks and dotted with a texturally interesting blend of chia seeds, almonds, goji berries, fresh blueberries and cranberries, you've nailed having a healthy yet flavoursome start to your day.
Flavour also proves key in the Crispy Miso Cured Egg ($22) served on warm brown rice mixed with kale and umeboshi (Japanese plum) and topped with creamy avocado, nori and sesame dressing, along with a thick wedge of Sencha smoked tofu (that I could take or leave). It's nicely presented but also tasty enough to keep you interested until the last bite.
Vegetarian breakfasts aside, my dark carnivorous heart still beat fastest for the plump rounds Quatro Stelle Morcilla ($22) served on rounds of sourdough with organic fried eggs and roast pear, freshened by an apple, radish and dill salad.
And if you’re a robust coffee nut like me, you're likely to enjoy the signature Duck Duck Goose coffee blend, roasted in Alexandria. It's full-bodied with enough bitterness to mean I didn't need to order my Latte ($3.50) strong.
Duck Duck Goose
136-138 Avoca Street, Randwick
Ph: (02) 9326 7389