Brunch is a pricey affair around Sydney these days, so it’s always refreshing to find cafes that serve up quality food at decent prices. One such cafe is The Wooden Whisk in St Leonards, which is quite unexpected considering it’s on the lower North Shore, but this unassuming cafe tucked away downstairs from street really does deliver. There’s a bit of a crowd when we drop by on a Saturday morning, but luckily the queue moves quite quickly.
The cafe itself is reasonably sized and is bright and cheery, with modern, industrial touches in the decor. We sit down and get straight into their Single Origin Roasters coffee with a Mocha for me as usual and a Cappuccino for him. The Mocha comes with extra lashings of chocolate sauce on top, which blends well with the coffee’s smooth finish.
I was drawn to the Sauteed Field Mushrooms, which was saved from being a completely vegetarian dish by the strip of tasty smoked pork hidden underneath the mound of mushrooms. The field mushrooms themselves were obviously the hero of the dish, bursting with flavour and made even more delicious with the poached egg on top, artfully drizzled truffle butter and scattered marinated fetta. This is one of my all-time favourite brunch dishes – simple, but with all the elements executed perfectly and a generous serving for the price.
Sauteed Field Mushrooms, $16.90
The boy was also impressed by the namesake Wooden Whisk Breakfast which is also a large serving and features pretty much everything you could want for breakfast (bar a hash brown) – two free range eggs (he went for poached), a strip of bacon, sausage, some sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomato, some surprisingly delicious black pudding and even more surprisingly flavoursome Spanish style beans. I don’t even like beans and I enjoyed them!
Wooden Whisk Breakfast, $17.90
Theoretically, brunch should be a fairly easy meal to get right – but it’s actually rare to find a place which does it well and offers value for money in this city, so hats off to the Wooden Whisk for getting the formula right. We will be back to try more of their extensive breakfast menu in the future!
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of The Wooden Whisk