Breakfast @ The Kitchen Door, Freshwater

May 15, 2010 at 11:39 am 6 comments

Mr L and I had a terrific start to the day, with a visit to Freshwater Beach.  We were headed to Pilu Kiosk, but it was busy and Mr L was staaaaaarving, so we headed back to the main drag instead.  The Kitchen Door was in a gorgeous sunny spot near the corner of Lawrence and Dowling Streets, so as the sunbathed tables at the Bronzed Onion were all full, we decided to head there.  

Sunny outdoor tables on Lawrence St at The Kitchen Door, Freshwater

Sunny outdoor tables on Lawrence St at The Kitchen Door, Freshwater

 

A quirky cafe with an interesting menu

It took us a little while to work out that although there were a couple of big chalkboards inside with the cafe’s specials listed, there were also menus to peruse.  We grabbed some menus and a couple of papers and set to work deciding what to order.   

We noticed there were lots of things on the menu that took our collective fancy.  There weren’t really any gluten free options, but I don’t have an issue with asking for varitations, so requested a version of the breakfast panini – hold the panini.  As well as our choices, there were some old favourites – like the Croque Monseur; bacon and egg rolls; hand made toasted mueslis; special breakfast crepes, and a range of sweet breads, teas and coffees.  

Big chalk boards and an ecclectic mix of furnishings at The Kitchen Door

Big chalk boards and an ecclectic mix of furnishings at The Kitchen Door

 

“This is quite possibly, the best breakfast I’ve ever had out.”

Mr L is well renowned for his love of the baked bean.  On this menu there were two different options for the bean lover:  

Homemade Boston baked beans – with grilled chorizo sausage and toast  

and  

Vegetarian beans – with roast tomato and poached egg on toasted sourdough  

Being an unabashed carnivore, Mr L decided the chorizo was too good an offer to resist and went for the Boston beans.   To do his carnivorous reputation justice, he added bacon and threw in a poached egg for good measure.   

Homemade Boston baked beans - with grilled chorizo sausage and toast (and eggs, and bacon!)

Homemade Boston baked beans - with grilled chorizo sausage and toast (and eggs, and bacon!)

 

When his breakfast arrived, we discussed how meaty and delicious it looked.  We both held our breath while Mr L broke into his poached egg – for he orders them often and experience dictates that the good / bad poached egg ratio is about 50 / 50.  A good egg can mean a great day.  A bad egg – well, quite the opposite.   

The Kitchen Door’s poached egg comes up trumps and we both exhale with joy and relief.  The yellow yoke rushes out of the poached white exterior – it is just exactly what Mr L hopes for on every single poached egg sitting.  It’s better than any poached egg he’s had in memory.  I only wish I had a picture of it.  It goes so well with the chorizo and bacon and every single skerrick vanishes from Mr L’s plate.  He washes it down with orange juice – not freshly squeezed (they don’t do those), but the bottled version is fine.  

Towards the end of the meal, Mr L said “This is quite possibly, the best breakfast I’ve ever had out.”  That, my friends, is a big call.  You can tell he means though as he is grinning from ear to ear and looking at his plate with a mix of disbelief and appreciation.   

When I’d approached the counter to order and explained my wheat wariness, the barrister (who I think might also have been one of the owners) was swift and kind with her offer to make me an omelette – rather than faffing around trying to get the goods out of the prepared paninis.  We decided upon a bacon, herb, roast tomato, baby spinach and mushroom omelette with some avocado on the side.  These were most of the ingredients from the breakfast panini.   

Special omelette @ The Kitchen Door, Freshwater

Special omelette @ The Kitchen Door, Freshwater

 

I first taste the bacon.  It’s salty, crispy and just to my liking.  The other ingredients all work together and my omeletter disappears in no time.  To accompany the omelette I also have a soy cappucino.  It looked a million bucks and I enjoyed the coffee.  

Tasty coffee (yes, that's my copy of Masterchef magazine off to the side!)

Tasty coffee (yes, that's my copy of Masterchef magazine off to the side!)

 

 As an aside, I also applaud The Kitchen Door for having salt and pepper grinders on each table – none of that pre-ground pepper, crap for patrons here!   

Unquestionably worth a return visit!

The mix of an interesting menu, funky and ecclectic furnishings, really terrific food and a good atmosphere make The Kitchen Door a place we’ll visit again without question.  If you’re in Freshy after a swim or surf and fancy a meal, I’d highly recommend you drop in!    

The low down

The Kitchen Door is located at:  

28 Lawrence Street
Freshwater  

Ph 9905 8555  

According to Eat Streets, it’s “run by two chefs, Elizabeth Driffield and Jenny Shaw, who’ve recently decided to open as a BYO every Friday night – testing the water and serving simple dishes like slow-cooked duck with blood plums and star anise.”   

I thought the cafe was only open for lunch and dinner, but it sounds like a Friday night dinner in Freshy is on the cards! 

Blue skies, green grass, cheeky seagulls and a favourite pool – all photo opportunities

A quick note before I sign off to let you know that today was perfect for beachside photography, so we took Mr L’s SLR down to the rocks near Freshy beach to get some shots.  I’ve included a selection below – more will follow as we’re heading out again tomorrow.  Hope you like them – let me know your thoughts?  

For the record – I did take my swimmers. I didn’t get in – though I should have – the water temp was beautiful!  If you’re out and about near a Sydney beach tomorrow, take your cossie and get in to the water – it’s meant to be just as good.  

Sometimes sunny, sometimes overcast - fickle weather helps the photography

Sometimes sunny, sometimes overcast - fickle weather helps the photography

 

Mr Seagull sits on one leg

Mr Seagull sits on one leg

 

The same seagull from afar

The same seagull from afar

 

A wild daisy grows on the hill

A wild daisy grows on the hill

 

The hill upon which that daisy grows

The hill upon which that daisy grows

 

One of my favourite 50 m pools - glints with splendour in the sun

One of my favourite 50 m pools - glints with splendour in the sun

 

Another sunny corner - in the pool @ Freshy beach

Another sunny corner - in the pool @ Freshy beach

 

Vibrant colours on the ramp into the pool

Vibrant colours on the ramp into the pool

 

Opportunistic surfers wait for a wave

Opportunistic surfers wait for a wave

 

Sitting on top of the world

Sitting on top of the world

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lady Flaxolot  |  May 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Megsy L and I had brioche French toast with banana and strawberries topped off with Maple syrup this morning. Yummo!

    Baked bean obsession seems to be a family trait.

    Compliments to the photographer!

    Reply
    • 2. myfavouritefruits  |  May 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Oh yum! Did you make that at home MIL? And yes, I think you’re right re the family obsession!

      Mr L says thanks 🙂 xxx

      Reply
  • 3. Lady Flaxolot  |  May 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    We had breakfast at Cafe Dolly, prior to embarking on a search for the perfect bride/bridesmaids’ gowns.

    Reply
    • 4. myfavouritefruits  |  May 16, 2010 at 6:39 am

      Ooooh brilliant! Looking forward to hearing about the results 🙂

      Reply
  • […] 16, 2010 The alarm went off at 5:39 this morning  –  between then and now, we’ve been back over to Freshie for a beautiful sunrise and photography mission, before heading down to stock up on chutney, jam, […]

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  • […] what Mr L was having for breakfast before he did…  I may have mentioned before just how much he loves a poached egg – and if there’s a Benedict looking dish on the menu, he’ll often go for it.  […]

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