Duck Duck Goose
Many of us will have fond childhood memories of playing duck, duck, goose. Nicholas Porter aimed to conjure that same sense of fun by naming his Randwick cafe after the game.
Before opening Duck Duck Goose, Porter worked as a fine-dining chef in Australia and London, and ran a sandwich shop in the CBD.
It wasn’t until he moved to Randwick with his family that he realised the demand for family friendly cafes. He recreated the kind of cafe found in Surry Hills or Bondi, but with young families in mind.
The back of the cafe is dedicated to children's entertainment, with a wooden play table, toys and a chalkboard mounted on a patch of faux-grass. Kid-friendly menu items include muffins studded with pieces of brownie or Coco Pops.
Brunch includes sourdough with stone-ground tahini, cucumber, heirloom tomatoes and house-made labne; and beetroot, blue cheese, pear and hazelnut salad topped with your choice of protein, including slow-roast lamb, haloumi, salmon gravlax or chicken.
Dinner is all about pairing a light, tea-based cocktail such as the Jiva Moscow Mule (kombucha, vodka, lime, mint) with some charcuterie, then following up with a burger, steak, pasta or crispy-skinned salmon.