While the breakfast menu contains the usual breakfast suspects (and they all looked great on other patrons’ tables), we opted for dishes from the specials menu. The grilled haloumi ($15.50) arrived with plenty of the promised squeaky grilled cheese as well as herbs and lemon to compliment. Roasted eggplant beneath as well as zucchini and roasted tomato make this a perfect vegetarian dish. We were highly impressed and realised we had finally found a café worthy to rival the ones we review on the South side of the bridge! The Turkish toast was crunchy and light and a worthy substitute for the pita bread promised on the menu.
The other special item we spotted straight away was the corn fritters. It’s always interesting to see how this very common dish is prepared at different establishments. The fritters themselves were similar to what we were expecting – plenty of corn, light and fluffy with a crunchy exterior. Topped with delicious bacon and a slightly spicy guacamole, we found all elements to be extremely well prepared. Where the kitchen excelled though was the homemade chilli jam. They would not divulge their recipe but we detected a multitude of ingredients including ginger and capsicum. It was very spicy and for fans of food with a kick, we can highly recommend these fritters.
While the coffee and food was slightly on the slow side, we otherwise could not fault the service (hence the five stars) and the food and drinks were definitely worth the wait. The atmosphere goes a long way and we will be back to enjoy some of Eighty Ate’s other dishes.
Eighty Ate’s menus are available online. They are open for licensed lunch as well so be sure to drop by.
Overall Rating: 22/25
Phone: 9929 8046
Address: 88 West Street, North Sydney, 2055
Payment Options: Credit cards, EFTPOS, cash