Long summer days on the beach bring with them a timeless atmosphere, and the North End Cafe embraces this tradition.
Just up the street from Maroubra Beach, North End Cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 7am to serve families, friends, surfers, and locals who work in the area. It is sister cafe to the historic Bogey Hole Cafe in Bronte, and Hannah and Aaron More own and operate both establishments.
Opened in March 2013, the North End Cafe takes its name from the north end of Maroubra Beach, and bookshelves run along the rear wall over a cosy couch, invoking memories of lazy, carefree days spent reading beachside. The restaurant takes advantage of the corner location with huge windows that offer views of downtown Maroubra, and the cafe’s décor is as funky as any classic beach cottage. The tables and some chairs are made out of recycled pallets, and Aaron himself built the large bench top using old railway sleepers.
Aaron is also very hands-on when it comes to landscaping, and he added a nature strip to the backyard. In it, the cafe grows basil, thyme, parsley, pineapple sage, spinach, sage, kale, carrots, and more – all of which are used by the kitchen to create its homemade dishes.
Hannah manages the cafe, and she gets help from head chef, Luiza Yu as well as barista and manager, Giorgio Roda, his partner, Nathalia Avelino. The cafe has a Brazilian influence, thanks to a predominantly Brazilian staff, and this results in themed nights and traditional Brazilian flavours. “All of our staff who have come from near and far are at home in Maroubra,” said Hannah. “We are like one big family – our staff and the community.”
For special events, Giorgio and Nathalia will prepare a traditional, all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrasco, a form of grilling and serving meat on long skewers. The regular menu is seasonal and you will find staple items such as the Big Brekky as well as the ever-popular The Stack, a dish of poached eggs, chilli jam, ricotta, avocado, and rocket on sourdough grain toast. The all-day breakfast menu includes French-style crepes, the B.L.A.T. sandwich, and baked eggs. The Brazilian influence continues to appear here and there; for example, the house-made granola comes with blackberries and strawberries, but you can also get it with açai, a berry harvested from the açai palm in Brazil .
The lunch menu touts The Best Hamburger You’ve Ever Had – yes, that’s actually the name – and it’s jazzed up with cornichons, Spanish onion, jalapenos, and chimichurri mayo. For hearty eaters, the Picanha Steak and Chips comes with hand-cut fries, chimichurri, and pico de galo. The fries are cut with a good old fashioned chippa and made in-house. “Fresh honest food is our philosophy and if it can be done in-house we do it,” said Hannah. The cafe makes its own jams, cakes, cookies, marshmallows, lentil burgers, chilli jam, and more.
Hannah and Aaron were born and raised in Sydney, and their family’s history of hospitality goes back way further. “Our Sydney is our home,” said the married couple. “It is where we have grown up, and it is such an amazing place, with the best beaches, cafes, restaurants, and culture.”