Just a short drive from the city and nestled beside sprawling parklands, Lane Cove is the humble little precinct on the Lower North Shore, home to a bunch of sneaky bars, cafes and restaurants.
The food scene here looks something like health-conscious breakfasts, five-metre long pizzas, vegemite pork belly and a dedicated spritz bar for good measure.
Here’s everywhere to eat and drink in Lane Cove.
If you’re looking for a good breakfast in the cove, then look no further than Mowbray. A family friendly café with a sturdy staple menu, their French toast with spiced mixed berries and maple syrup is a massive standout.
The heroes at The Junction are bringing us something we never knew we needed breakfast boards. You might want to call a few mates to help you with them, choose from a veggie, meat or big breaky board. This is definitely on your list now.
Bella Bacio Café
If you’re one big caffeine addict, we suggest you head on down to Bella Bacio for your fix. Pair the coffee with anything from their massive menu. With pasta, schnitzel, burgers and pancakes, your stomach will thank you.
Bringing us the real deal when it comes to Italian feeds, these legends have a whopping 5-meter long pizza on the menu. Grab the troops and hop on over to Via Napoli for this conquest. And if you’re not feeling too full, go for one of their house-made pasta dishes to have on the side.
For the fans of a Spanish feast, Encasa is the place to be. Go for their albondigas or even patatas bravas if you’re keen to load up on all of the carbs. This one is heaven on earth for a damn fine sangria and paella combo too.
This place is the best of the best of Malaysian in Lane Cove. Go deep on their long list of laksas and soups to experience the ultimate in South-East Asian dining. And heads up, these guys do a mean Vegemite crunchy pork belly. Don’t knock it until you try it.
Fourth Fish Café and Restaurant
With tonnes of fresh seafood, if you’re in the mood for a nice plate of fish n’ chips then Fourth Fish should be your go-to. You’ll definitely have trouble choosing which fish you want though, because their list is extensive. We suggest you hit up the popcorn prawns here because they’re out of this world mindblowing.
The Cove has brought the goods with Lillah and her Middle Eastern flare. For a staple feed, load up on traditional falafels or chicken shawarma skewers. We’re giving a massive shout out to the slow-cooked beef hummus bowl made up of burnt eggplant and zaatar crisps.
If a good old steak night is your thing, then head over to Louisiane for a solid protein feast. The steak list here is a bible of the good stuff so you’re basically in for a reincarnation feed of the gods. A highlight here is the beef fillet with prosciutto and roasted black garlic butter. Before you ask, of course it melts in your mouth.
Bars & Pubs
What was once a humble RSL club in Sydney’s north shore has been revamped into a stylish restaurant and spritz bar. Head chef Richard Slarp has created a delish modern-Mediterranean inspired menu. Think saltbush lamb ribs with almond, sumac and coriander. Oh and spritz? There’s an elderflower lychee spritz on offer (read: St Germain elderflower liqueur, lychee, mint, cucumber and prosecco).
The menu is a wholesome line-up of Aussie produce and entirely housemade food so no one’s going to starve at Shorties. Most dishes are designed for sharing which is just how we like it (more company means more food, obviously). You’ll find a pretty drool-worthy selection of feeds but the standouts definitely include the parmesan popcorn, a cheese and onion bacon dip to go HAM on and some serious Sunday roast vibes. Major props to the slow-cooked beef cheek, beer braised pork shoulder and char-grilled skirt steak.
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