North Island

Features

outdoor area
outdoor area
cash only

North Island’s minimalist style infuses more than just the interior design aesthetic (such as hanging light bulbs, cement flooring and white walls); it’s a pared-back menu, but with just enough variation to keep things interesting. Bombay toast served with blueberry compote and pear & orange blossom cream sits comfortably on the menu alongside a humble bowl of coco pops. For the savoury inclined, North Island shies away from the standard egg-centric breakfast fare and instead offers dishes such as herb-roasted field mushrooms with pesto, or roasted Roma tomatoes with balsamic glaze and rocket.

The coffee (Supreme) at North Island is consistently good – and they are purists here, so no skim milk. The staff strike a good balance between being attentive and maintaining an easygoing manner that adds to the cafe’s relaxed vibe. So linger a while, read a book, or maybe scrawl something on the blackboard wall next to the communal table; noughts and crosses anyone?