New cafe Somewhere North is using local and native ingredients to offer a divine sustainable menu – plus specialty coffee and mini martinis!
Nestled in St Ives Chase, Somewhere North is quickly becoming a new favourite café for the Ku-ring-gai community. Since opening its doors in March, the cafe has been attracting locals with its specialty coffee, native-inspired brunch, new dinner menu, and commitment to sustainable ingredients.
Founders Joshua Harrison and Sebastian Shearman are hospitality veterans and share decades worth of experience in the hospitality industry. Josh previously worked in the tech industry for the hospitality industry, while Sebastian worked in high-end coffee wholesale, beverage development and training, including time at Pablo & Rusty’s and Mecca Coffee. The pair noticed that St Ives was lacking in high-end specialty coffee and contemporary dining destinations and decided to bring their expertise to the neighbourhood.
Head chef Jamie Miller (ex Barrenjoey House and Bare Wholefoods) brings over 20 years of experience to Somewhere North’s kitchen and has designed a menu that celebrates local and sustainable ingredients.
“During the day, try our cheddar and saltbush damper eggs benedict. It’s our twist on the brunch classic with a house made cheesy damper underneath instead of the more common English muffin,” says Amanda Chebatte, Somewhere North’s food and concept director. “You should also try our rosti brunch plate with hot crispy potato and fresh, colourful toppings. A side of our house-smoked salmon is a must, it melts in your mouth.”
From honey sourced from Ku-ring-gai beekeeper Snives Hives to house-smoked salmon and leaves from a local family business, all their food is made using the freshest and most sustainable ingredients. Somewhere North also incorporates native Australian ingredients in their dishes to celebrate our country’s rich food culture.
The café is open from 7am to 3pm daily and recently launched an after-hours menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
“At dinner, start your night with the wagyu bresaola topped with a crunchy creamy remoulade and lashings of Pyengana cheddar, an artisan farmhouse cheese from Tasmania,” says Amanda. “And don’t miss the tender lamb ribs with flavourful macadamia romesco and finger lime pearls. It’s a celebration of Australian ingredients and flavours.”
Somewhere North takes pride is serving the highest quality coffee, which is brewed by Melbourne-based roasters Market Lane, a B Corp certified company dedicated to full transparency from bean to cup. Night or day, you can also enjoy an approachable selection of cocktails like the Mini Martini or Mini Mary, plus wines sourced from small Australian producers who share their commitment to sustainable farming practices.
“The community has been incredibly welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic about our arrival,” says Amanda. “We already feel like we’re part of the fabric of this tight knit community and it’s very enjoyable to be a part of.”
Where: Shop 2/160 Warrimoo Ave, St Ives Chase
When: Monday to Sunday, 6am-2:30pm + Thursday to Friday 5-10pm