Food & Nutrition / 23.04.15 / BY Bella Serventi


Live on the North or looking to escape the East? We have rounded up the top 10 North Shore Bars & Restaurants for all our Food Femmes.

We made the cross over! There is a whole wide world on the North Shore, and quite frankly – it rocks with some of the coolest, trendiest bars and restaurants backed by some big names in the hospitality game. It’s time go OTB (Over The Bridge) to sip and nosh of some of the best food, cocktail lists and tapas in town. So if you’re up for something casual, fun and reasonably priced as we head into winter, check out a few of our favourites.

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Greenwood Hotel

Most of you will have fond memories from your early twenties of Thursday night’s at this place..Well it’s back. The Greenwood Hotel has recently been taken over by The Balmain Group and added a fresh design to include an open air outdoor dining space. Perfect for all the after work suit spotting… This is upscale pub grub at its best with Executive Chef Brad Sloane devising a delish new menu that includes small plates to share as well as larger feel good meals. We loved the Polenta & Parmesan chips and the Field Mushroom &
Pinenut Arancini. Do NOT pass up the Lamb Shank Pie with Mustard Mash, Crushed Peas & Gravy. It’s literally the best glam pub pie you’ll ever have.  It could even put Harry’s pie’s to shame…


The Botanist

The Easties will be familiar with new hot-spot, The Butler…well it all started in Kirribilli with their brother bar, The Botanist (all stemmed from the boys from Applejack Hospitality & Consultancy). It’s a botanical lush space and happening wine bar which you should patronise for the delish share plates, friendly hipster service and unique cocktails. Three elements these boys always tend to get right. As one of the first venues to make sliders and tacos cool on the North Shore, this venue is certainly becoming a green institution. It’s underground location and warm botanical interior makes this a perfect venue for winter martinis.


The Greens

North Sydney Bowlo takes on a new lease of life thanks to the talented Chef’s from the well trodden The Grounds of Alexandria who have moved on and into this venue. The Greens are now fresh and inviting with lush green foliage and a contemporary interior.  With harbour views and pub-style food you can’t beat it for a weekend catch up with friends. Oh and there’s the Bowling…oh so fun.


So Cal

Sister restaurant of The Botanist, (Yes, these guys are quite frankly killing it over this side of the bridge) So Cal was born from a trip to California by the boys behind Applejack Hospitality. It’s a laid back, southern Californian surf vibe and theme. Soooooo Californian – get it? How cool is that? The menu reflects food & drinks found in the sunny state with a few Mexican dishes thrown in for good measure. With an outdoor courtyard, this one is perfect for bluebird days and balmy nights. Make sure don’t forget our 80’s throwback special cocktail “Honey, I drunk the Kids” it’s our fav with Tanqeray Gin, Strawberry Liqueur, lemon, honey & orange bitters. Soooooo yummy.



A hidden gem set amongst Cammeray’s village atmosphere, brought to you by the owners of much loved local cafe, Maggio’s (just two doors down!). Part wine bar, part restaurant you can stop in for a wine and small plate or sit down for a full dinner service. We regularly go for the fresh figs with proscuitto followed by the orecchiette of vongole and pancetta and a glass of Pinot. However we have recently branched out into other tasty dishes such as the eye fillet and 12 hour braised lamb shoulder. The interior of exposed brick is warmed up with timber furniture and leather bench seating. It is the perfect venue for an after work meal during the colder months.


Fitzroy Food Co

A newbie in beautiful Kirribilli, Fitzroy Food Co adds casual dining to the bustling little village. The menu consists of small, medium and large plates, all following the ‘designed to share’ trend. They also have a section of baked rustic break including pulled pork, coleslaw & jalapeno and smoked portobello, eggplant, spinach and blue cheese sauce…ah yum! Its a hop, skip and a jump from Milsons Point station it is starting to get quite the buzz for its casual high quality cafe nosh and great coffee.


The Incinerator

Head a little further down the train line and you will find The Incinerator in Willoughby, housed in the Walter Burley Griffin designed building. The interior mixes contemporary with rustic and does it well! Focusing on breakfast and lunch with coffee from Grounds Roasters you really can’t beat it if you are near by. We love the sweet potato rosti, haloumi, beetroot relish w poached eggs for breakfast, and their different quirky dishes are refreshing to see on a breakfast menu. Enjoy a glass of wine or bubbles with your lunch, we LOVE the Glazed lamb ribs, cucumber and feta salad, toasted pine nuts. The menu is small and seasonal which works well in this suburban delight.


The Butchers Block

You can’t get more ‘North Shore’ than Wahroonga and we are so happy to see some decent eateries pop up down this end of the train line. A rustic interior of timber and metal, it is surprisingly cosy and beautifully inviting. Open for breakfast and lunch, it boasts a versatile menu including salads, sliders, kids menu and a snickers shake which is a super-indulgent treat but well worth the calories!


Via Napoli Pizzeria

It the heart of Lane Cove sits one of the best, if not THE best pizza places in Sydney. It’s chaotic (in an italian charming way!) bustley and the waiters are super charming…with their authentic Italian accents and passion for food – it’s as close to Napoli as you could get and we love it here! Simple Italian fare that is so delicious you will stuff yourself til you find yourself reclining in your chair and saying “basta!”.  Start with the Proscuitto e Burrata (proscuitto with Mozarell), it’s delicious. The 1 metre pizza is a huge it with groups and you can have 3 toppings on this one. Sometimes we go just to chat with the Italians….


Small Bar

Nestled in the heart of Crows Nest is this cosy and inviting little spot. Smoked paprika popcorn and sweet potato chips are the perfect little snack to have if you are stopping through for ‘just one’ drink. The small plates and share boards are a great way to experience a more substantial meal as it gives you the opportunity to sample more of what they have to offer. This place however will “go off” on a Friday or Saturday night, so a good place to kick your heels up and is quite the single and ready to mingle destination…or so we’ve heard!


Author / Bella Serventi