Laura Porter joins the team at Sydney Scoop and takes us into her north shore neighbourhood. Here's her pick for a fabulous five along Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay. Laura, by the way, also has her own fabulous food blog Feast Wisely. Check it out!
Shop 1, 17 Grosvenor Street
Come to Wild Basket for your Grosvenor Street caffeine fix. Here passionate baristas serve Pablo & Rusty's House Blend and Single Origin, non-stop from dawn to dusk (well until 5pm on weekdays). The coffee is just one of the reasons for the loyal local following. Another is the food. The lunch menu is short but satisfying - with generous sandwiches and salads. Breakfast? Yes - go hungry and tackle five eggs and more on the 'Big boys brekkie’. The ingredients are all top quality - free range eggs, organic sourdough and more. Sit inside on a communal bench with views of the produce wall or grab a table outside for some Lower North Shore people watching.
Shop 7, 19-25 Grosvenor Street
You've possibly been living under a cliff (or hanging out in the burbs) if you're a Sydney sider who hasn't heard of Bourke Street Bakery, or BSB as we call it. Over the last 10 years BSB has opened eight stores across Sydney. Their sourdough bread is legendary, as are the pies - get there early for both. The coffee? It's not bad either. You can take-away or dine in on most items, and with recent changes to the outdoor seating you're almost guaranteed a table even on a weekend when BSB is swarming with prams, dogs, children & of course 'post-gym' clothed locals in Lycra.
24 Young Street, corner of Grosvenor Street
When it comes to drinking in Neutral Bay everyone knows The Oaks. And almost everyone knows that when they want a more intimate gathering over a glass of great wine or craft beer then they go to Firefly. It's been around for years now and continues to be a firm North Shore favourite. The wine list is long, the craft beers ever changing and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. And it's not just a bar - the tapas style sharing menu is always tempting. What to order? They're famous for the zucchini fries. Yes fries not flowers - try them if you make it... and be sure to ask about the Pinot Noir wall.
Shop 2, 19-25 Grosvenor Street
This restaurant takes the title of Grosvenor Street’s most formal dining. What might surprise you is that it comes without a fine dining price tag. Share plates and entrees start at $4 and mains are from $28. Want to know more? Woodland Kitchen is brought to you by local husband and wife team Damien and Jenni Heads. Damien has headed up the kitchen at several Sydney restaurants and has designed a modern Australian menu that offers “no fuss food with honest flavours”. So, next time you’re after an affordable treat with no risk of fancy garnishes and child-like portion sizes make a booking at Woodland.
Shop 5, 19-25 Grosvenor Street
If you love authentic Italian pizza and waiters who greet you with “ciao bella” then Enopizzeria is a top pick on the North Shore. Choose from over 10 ‘rosse’ based pizzas or a handful of ‘bianche’ pizzas. They’re all cooked in a wood-fired oven and would rival most pizzas you’ll find in Naples or Rome. Not a pizza fan? Then carb load with a generous portion of pasta. The menu is all about simple, seasonal Italian food and wine. Early evening it’s buzzing with local families, later on they’re replaced by more rowdy childless locals. If you’re not already convinced to drop by then take note that they offer BYO wine Sunday to Wednesday.