Not a grump to be found



I like to think my partner and I are mostly a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants type pair, but I must admit, we’re pretty comfortable with our Saturday routine.

As young professionals, we spend little quality time together during the week, so Saturday mornings are just for us. 

And by that, I mean we pull ourselves out of bed and dozily wander down to our favourite local, The Grumpy Baker.

If you’re a Sydney-sider it’s highly likely you’ve enjoyed a brunch or two at one of these artisan bakers’ many cafés, with locations right across the city, including at Neutral Bay and Castle Cove.

Our little hideaway is the Waverton spot, tucked away on a corner block just up the road from the iconic Coal Loader.

Now, for my Turkish partner, kahvaltı (breakfast) is so much more than just a meal – it’s a celebration of family and flavour.

And so, while not quite the same, time spent debriefing our week over the smell and taste of Israeli baker Michael Cthurmer’s Middle Eastern-inspired menu has become our family of two’s weekend ritual.

We take a seat at one of the four kerbside tables and watch the many couples, young families, and beloved pet pooches amble past heritage homes on their way to nearby harbourside parks.

By now, we each have our order – him the Shakshuka Baked Eggs and a large cappuccino, me the Nourish Breakfast Bowl and an almond latte.

The Moroccan-style shakshuka is rich with Mediterranean flavours. Two baked eggs are submerged in a thick tomato and capsicum sauce, topped with feta and olives, and served with zaatar toast.

Key to a good shakshuka is having ample, crisp bread to mop up the decadent mixture, and the Grumpy Baker’s daily-made zaatar loaf is the ideal accompaniment.

While the Nourish Breakfast Bowl comes with the Sydney brunch staples of smashed avocado, poached egg, roquette and tomato, it has a distinct Israeli-influence with corn fritters, tangy labne and tart pickles.

The Single O coffee is always perfectly piping hot and, contrary to the name, the service is fast and friendly.

While I may be apprehensive to reveal my secret spot, I must give credit where credit is due. The Grumpy Baker is sure to turn any frown upside down.

The Grumpy Baker
85 Bay Road, Waverton
6am – 5pm daily

Stephanie Aikins, News Editor, North Shore Living Magazine

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