Northshore Harbour Cafe
Northshore Harbour Café is the jewel in the crown of Hamilton’s Northshore precinct – a splendid copper-backed dining pavilion surrounded by lawn, history, art, recreational activities and a tiny beach.
Arriving here is a bit like stumbling across an oasis in a desert – after streets of industrial wasteland, some spanking new modern towers loom, grunge is replaced by landscaped streets and on the waterfront, the Northshore Harbour Café appears like an exclusive find.
Its airy contemporary design makes the most of river views and breezes, with industrial touches inside and out that give a nod to its working past. Around the café are manicured grass hillocks and sandstone paths scripted with the area’s history, and onsite there are paddle boards, kayaks, bicycles and Segways for hire, to add a spot of adventure to a visit (sibling for this café is Riverlife at Kangaroo Point).
Food at Northshore Harbour is a cut above your average café and a match for the setting. A team of dedicated chefs* prepare breakfasts and lunches that alone are worth making a visit here for and even the table settings have cute designer touches like the Gurgle Jugs that table water comes served in.
The comprehensive menu incorporates classic dishes with a twist and something for everyone, with gluten free, vegetarian and even paleo options, as well as a dedicated kids menu for both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast choices include light stuff like Yoghurt Pannacotta with fresh berries and granola or French Toast with Chantilly Cream and passionfruit curd, up to Sweetcorn and Coriander Fritters, Hotcakes with honey and vanilla peanut butter gelato, fresh honeycomb berries or the signature The Stack – fried bubble and squeak topped with baby spinach. Smoked bacon, mushrooms and topped with a perfectly fried egg.
Breakfast finishes at 11.30 to be followed by an excellent well-priced lunch menu – highly recommended is the more-ish Tiger Prawn Curry, another house signature along with Oxtail Risotto or Pan Fried Atlantic Salmon. Those after more casual (but no less delicious) options will find Chicken Katsu Burger, Fish Tacos, Fish and Chips or Steak salad, while on the light side there’s Heirloom Tomato salad, Salt and Pepper Calamari and Crab Bruschetta. Regulars are well-catered for here, with daily rotating specials keeping it fresh.
Amongst the kids menu (one of the best around) for breakfast there’s toasted English muffin, pancakes with maple syrup and ice-cream or sausage and scrambled eggs and for lunch there’s lamb meatballs and mash, grilled chicken and chips or pasta bolognese.
On the drinks front there’s great coffee to be had, tea, shakes, frappes and smoothies and, with Northshore Harbour Cafe being licensed, it’s a cracking spot to enjoy a craft (or standard) beer or quality wine by the glass or bottle.
*Over-seeing the operation is executive chef Dan, who also works with the chefs to cater functions to the same exacting standard at Riverlife.
Need to know – Turn a meal here into a day of adventure - hire a watercraft and explore this wide reach of the river or jump on a bike or Segway and discover the relatively unchartered riverfront paths.
*Over-seeing the operation is executive chef Dan, who also works with the chefs to cater functions to the same superior standard at their other venue Riverlife.
Nice to know – While Cirque’s Totem is on, Northshore Harbour Cafe is open from Tues – Sun, 5.30-7.30 for tapas and drinks.
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Northshore Harbour Cafe
297 Macarthur Ave