Northshore Harbour Cafe

Disclaimer: The following post is a review of my dining experience as invited guest to an invite-only event by Northshore Harbour Cafe and RiverLife, and our own family breakfast the next day. I am not financially compensated for this post. My opinions are my own.

 

Hamilton might be just be a few small suburbs away, but it might as well be in another galaxy. We rarely venture out that way other than the occasional visit to Eat Street, but an invitation to an exclusive summer menu launch for a spot of lunch at Northshore Harbour Cafe sounded like the perfect excuse to check the area out.

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Northshore Harbour Cafe is currently sitting on an oasis in the middle of development chaos. There are a few new apartment blocks and townhouses in the immediate area, but not much else. Construction cranes and trucks have the run of the area, but there is currently ample free parking and the cafe is surrounded by lush green grass and trees with a gorgeous view overlooking the Brisbane River and a tiny beach.

There was ample outdoor dining that had shelter from direct sunshine and maximised the view, complete with gentles waves, sand and a stand of kayaks for hire. These summer days have been a little too bright and warm, so we hid in the cool air-conditioned cafe instead.

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Northshore Harbour Cafe‘s summer menu is the work of their new chef, Daniel Stewart. His focus on fresh produce means both the regular menu and the specials are a reflection of what’s in season.

The regular menu has a breakfast and lunch section, and they have even thought of the kiddies with at least three items in each to tempt the little ones. Whether you’re just feeling a little peckish (I recommend the Dips – basil pesto and baba ganoush with Turkish bread) or absolutely starving, there will be something for you.

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Barramundi Stirfry. AUD$26.50

The Barramundi Stirfry was a lunch special that looked more ‘fine dining’ than ‘casual cafe dining’ in more ways than one. We actually sat in awe of the sheer beauty in the plating for several moments. Perched on a bed of stirfried heirlooom tomatoes and beans, the gorgeous square of crispy skin barramundi was smaller than my palm. Just tiny amounts of the tart blackberry and ginger coulis were sufficient to make every mouthful a moan of satisfaction. We avoided the chilli peach gel after a couple of tastes – that stuff could really pack a punch.

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Parmesan and sage crumbed veal cutlet. AUD$27

However if you’re hungry, the parmesan and sage crumbed veal cutlet is the one to go for. It might resemble a chicken schnitzel, but served with fresh fennel, shaved asparagus and pear slaw with picked dill fronds, this cutlet was thick and juicy without being overly heavy on the gut.

I was so impressed with our invited lunch experience, I had to drag the SO and Bubby down the next day for breakfast. The cafe was busy for a weekend, but service was still quick without being overbearing or lack lustre.

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Smoked salmon omelette with dill. AUD$18.50

This omelette was not the traditional half-moon with gooey centres I’m used to. Instead this disc had crispy edges and was generously layered with silky smoked salmon. Fresh heirloom tomatoes and bocconcini were cooked inside the omelette. Said to be served with a ‘petite herb salad’, the salad was mostly rocket leaves and dill.

Northshore Harbour Cafe

Northshores famous corn fritters. AUD$19.50

The Northshores famous corn fritters were filled with corn and crispy, but I have had better fritters at other establishments. Smashed avocado, semi-dried tomatoes, two poached eggs with plenty of yolk porn, haloumi and salsa verde, the stack was also liberally topped with fresh rocket leaves.

Being out of the way might mean Northshore Harbour Cafe is a bit of a trek, but the ample parking and space with room for little ones make this cafe an attractive spot for families to relax and enjoy a meal.

 

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