Tuck Shop Cafe
Tuck Shop Cafe is Northbridge’s worst-kept secret. Located a short distance from busy William Street, it’s nevertheless packed out from open ‘til close with students, workers on lunch and families on weekends.
Everything is made from scratch, including the building itself, which was purpose built to house the cafe. There are no shortcuts taken here.
This philosophy manifests itself in the food, which draws on local and international influences. You can have a cheese kransky, pie, pancakes, nasi goreng (complete with crispy fried egg) or Moroccan meatballs. It’s produce driven, unfussy cooking.
Back to those pies, which from the outside in are exceptional. The puff pastry is flaky and bronzed, delicate in texture but buttery – the perfect foil to the filling. Beef, chicken and vegetarian options are available, with beef and Stilton the highlight.
Lashings of the Brits’ finest blue cheese are offset by chunks of braised beef, trimmed so you never run into gristle mid-chew. Have one there or on the go.