As luck would have it I had Wednesday off work, just thought I would have a day at home catching up on the websites and staying in my PJs living on coffee and snubbing the shower but then a friend I hadn’t seen for ages, Steve, got in touch and said we should catch up, and then after I hung up from Steve I got an email asking if I could review a restaurant during the day. While the PJs weeped I got excited, going out to breakfast with Steve and then off to the city to review a lunch venue. My eating game was going to be good on this day, and what an amazing day it turned out to be. The morning was glorious so wanted something on the beach and had been to THE BEACH SHED previously for a brief coffee and catch up with someone. It turned out to be a perfect choice.
Met up with Steve at 830am and headed in. The place is small but if you were a cafe operator, this would be your absolute dream venue, total beachfront, small venue and a decent amount of outdoor seating, I am not a cafe owner, although it is a dream, and I would literally murder people to own this venue, huge sorry and my bad to owners, Marcus Svinos and his sister Melissa :). They won the tender for the old surf club storage shed back in 2013 and when they got it they had a salty cement room with a shower in the corner, they have since turned it into exactly what it should always remain, a perfect cafe for a beach culture. I am stunned there isn’t one cafe like this at every single surf club in Australia, from Queensland visits I can recall their surf clubs are like RSL clubs with great restaurants, this subsidises the costs of the surf club – WHY WHY WHY is this not at every surf club in NSW????
We started with coffee from the “sunglasses required” yellow coffee machine and it was more than passable, the beans are from the Daily Grind and while Steve and I are not the best coffee aficionados: soy cap and decaf mocha hahaha – these were superb – my one gripe – the wide top bowl mugs always look superb but it also means your coffee goes cold really quick. I would prefer a standard mug for my large coffee so I can drink it for longer. Coffees in a large size were less than $5 each.
THE BEACH SHED food game is brilliant, you can have simple coffees, you can select from two huge glass fronted servers for pre made sandwiches, pastries, sausage rolls, focaccias, muffins, rocky roads and on and on, or you can sit down and order some more refined plated fuller meals. The bonus of this is that the “ladies” could meet here for a delightful full breakfast or the dude in his wetsuit with sandy feet could come in with board under arm for a sausage roll and a coffee to take away. It truly embraces the beach culture that caters to all, is chilled and friendly and worships the sun, sand and surf. NB they also put umbrellas up when the sun gets slightly higher to protect against the sun. The place would suffer on rainy days losing more than half its seating but to be honest I would love to sit inside sipping coffee while watching it bucket down or even better, seeing a huge thunderstorm at sea. Wind would be worse and I can see them needing to batten down when it blows in.
Steve hoed in to a very light appearing, healthy meal, it looked stunning. This was the CRUSHED EGGS: eggs, avocado, Danish feta, tomato and baby spinach on toast for $14-. He left one of the slices of toast but inhaled the rest without any complaint. When I realised you can order bacon with this one I got a wee bit jealous but then mine arrived and if you know me you probably know I will never look past a burger. This was the BACON AND EGG “BURGER”: bacon, egg, avocado, cheese, sweet chilli, aoli and green leaves on a delightful bun $10.90. I loved the burger immensely as it was so light and fresh and it felt like eating beach sun but I can’t call it a burger, it is a beautiful gourmet bacon and egg roll, a burger really needs a patty. And I enjoyed the sweet chilli sauce but, I know this is so snobby to say, is this not a little dated for a sauce? Perhaps a sauce option would be better, this would have killed with a nice habanero sauce, a gourmet house made worcestershire sauce or even a sriracha. I actually had a surprised smile when I tasted the sweet chilli, I used to live on this stuff when I was younger, everything had to be served with it, but now with the health conscious generation it is too packed with sugar.
We both loved the place and I will be back many more times, I just love it everything about: sun, sand, surf, salt, coffee and fooooooooood. Winning on every level! Another epic thing about this fantastic venue is that it’s on a huge beach with sun, sand, surf and salt all the way to Long Reef and after our fantastic time in the sun with awesome food we went for a walk to the top of Long Reef Headland to walk off the meal and get me ready for my lunch review 🙂
Great morning, great day, great friend and a fantastic breakfast. This meal was paid for by ourselves and I do highly recommend it. You can’t go wrong on a nice day.