Despite the fact that my in-laws currently live in Wahroonga in Sydney’s Upper North Shore, I have never really explored the shops in the area as we generally visit for dinner in the evening.
K and I recently broke the trend though, and decided to breakfast in Wahroonga following an expedition to pick up some cronuts for our Cronut Tasting Extravaganza. There were a few cafes open on that rainy morning, but we chose to go into the most hipster-looking café we could find – The Butcher’s Block.
Housed in what used to be a butcher’s shop, the café is full of details that loudly proclaim it as being quirky, innovative, and “inner city” in a suburb more renowned for its culturally homogenous wealth. From the unfinished brick walls, the exposed wooden beams of the ceiling to the strategically-placed and carefully-considered retro objects of décor, the Butcher’s Block is strong in its desire to be more than just another café in Wahroonga.
Prompted by incredibly efficient service (with less than two minutes between being offered a table, given a menu, and asked for a drinks order), Kieran orders a regular cappuccino to buy us some extra time to consider the breakfast menu. The thick creamy layer of froth almost leaves him with a milk moustache.
I deliberate over two items, but end up choosing to go with the Garbanzo Smash – a healthier choice with salmon and poached egg, one of my favourite combinations. I found the chickpea smash quite disappointing without the subtleties of flavours that even a good hummus can provide, and the two small slices of baguette were a bit too burnt on the edges. Still – you can’t go past a smoked salmon and egg combination I guess.
K’s choice of the Breakfast Burger leaves him feeling a bit disappointed. The description on the menu made him believe that it would be a gigantic burger that included both salmon and chorizo. Realising that the “crispy chorizo” would be limited to a few pre-prepared dehydrated thin slices scattered as fancy ‘food styling’ decoration on the plate rather than a thick slice of salty spicy chorizo on the burger itself was very disappointing!
This review might sound a bit negative, but The Butcher’s Block isn’t all bad news. Sure, it’s a little on the pricey side for what you get. Sure, the service is so quick and speedy (with a subtle “are you done yet?”) that we managed to order, eat, and leave within half an hour. But at least it’s another dining option in Wahroonga, and I hear the lunch menu is a lot more impressive than the breakfast menu…