One of my worst weeks in forever at work has seen me in two states, next to no sleep and when sleeping having a difficult time still trying to recover from flu from hell, and my plan to fix that was to get up at 5am on the long weekend where I am the only support technician working and head to photograph the sunrise on Manly Beach, it was sublime. But then call from my fave family asking for breakfast at Freshwater and a walk to the beach. Yes please, catch ups with my two favourite children on the planet was on :). Lady Karin suggested breakfast at CALM CAFE at Freshwater, which used to be my favourite cafe when it had a previous owner and a different name.
CALM CAFE is next to the beach at Freshwater, it is adjacent to PILU with the grass slope between the two. It has a great set up; a few indoor seats, a nice covered balcony to block the strongest sunny days and it also has a little outdoor courtyard area next to the grass slope, they have some small set up tables and you sit on some low stools. This has been our favourite sitting destination for our visits, more beach-bohemian relaxed. When I lived at Brookvale I would walk here via the Curl Curl headland, meet up with these peeps and have a bacon and egg roll and coffee then justifiably walk it off on the return. Now, at Allambie Heights I have to drive half the way to do the walk, still worth it. One noticeable difference with the new place, the queues, the place was packed! It could have been our time of the day but the queue went out the door and down the stairs for ordering. And because of queues, a lot more staff working, and even though they were being run off their feet, the food and drinks were swift and staff very friendly still giving you the time of the day, I put it down to a) great staff and b) the area – Freshwater is naturally calming and that beach gives you a zen-like peace of mind but also c) the venue name – CALM.
We were there for their breakfasts but the place is also open for lunch and also dinner (IN SUMMER MONTHS ONLY) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the food theme for lunch and dinner is Mexican with a little bit of that leaching into breakfast. I will have to suss out the lunch/ dinner menu; chimichangas, fiesta fries, salmon ceviche, quesadillas and churros complete me :). But this meal was all about breakfast. Lady K hit up a coffee, little lady Stella Bella hit up a fresh pressed “Vital” juice containing watermelon, apple, pineapple and pear in a bottle but made in-house for $6- – pretty sure she only chose it because it contains pineapple and she is pineapple obsessed, everything in life is pineapples.
Finn went the amaze looking Banana, Honey & Mixed Berry Smoothie for $7- and of course me, being the most immature and childhood-embracing person among us went my old fave of a Lime Milkshake for $6.50.
For our meals Finn and I both hit up the OMG yes Breaky Wrap, and while the above pic just looks like a lot of wrap, the below highlights the goodness inside. Finn’s review “the best wrap I have ever eaten,” and mine was not far off. The wrap contains, chorizo, scrambled eggs, rocket and aioli for $9.50 – we added the hasbrown for an extra $1.50 because HASH BROWN 🙂 It made the dish, so much yes – I would have liked a little BBQ sauce in mine to give it that tart goodness. You can also add cheese and/ or sautéed mushrooms (also an extra $1.50). It was amazing!!
Lady K ordered the Delicious Granola Cup with Greek yoghurt, honey and mixed berries – while not on the menu listing I am certain she also said there was rhubarb in there. And while this is something I would basically never order, as you are either a protein breakfast person or not, my god it looked superb and the crunch with tart yoghurt and berries had Lady K making a few moans of tastebud delight. Cost for this one was $9.50.
Then there was the smallest among us, Little Lady Stella Bella, who ordered the Bacon and 2 Egg Roll for $8-. This thing was bloody HUGE, could easily feed two people, as for the little pineapple person, we cut it in half and she barely managed the half of it. The bacon and egg roll was a decent amount of bacon, two eggs and her chosen BBQ sauce on what was a soft panini roll, it looked amazing and Stella Bella loved it!
And another shot of the little pineapple with her roll, just look at that hand modelling, she is a natural :).
While we had the “light breakfast” you can also go the full breakfasts from Eggs Benedict $16.50 to Sautéed Mushrooms $16.50 to Smashed Avocado on toast with pinenuts, pesto and lemon juice for $11-.
Their lunches range from haloumi salad, to Asian style marinated chicken salad to spicy pork roll, quesadillas, and they even have a selection of burgers – these will be tried!!!
Freshwater is easily the food hub of the Northern Beaches, the entire suburb has undergone a transformation of amazing and is now filled with hipster bars, cultured cafes, brilliant bakeries and food excellence. There is so much in this tiny suburb and I freaking love visiting, now to win the lottery and buy here as it is the Beachy Byron Newtown on this side of the bridge and demands respect.
CALM CAFE has my respect, and I will be back here many times over this nearing summer – get yo butts there and suss it out, on better thoughts, do not go, you never saw this review and Freshwater is a place you do not want to go to, leave it all for me and the locals :).