Lining either side of the lower North Shore’s Military Road strip is Cremorne. Nestled between Neutral Bay and Mosman, Cremorne has always been littered with cafes and restaurants; the only problem was that not many of them were very fresh, nor particularly enticing. Lately though, a slew of new openings has injected some life into the suburb that was previously overlooked as a destination to eat and drink.

With the beloved Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace the star attraction of the suburb, it was about time that a venue of the standard of Wooden Spoon Bar & Restaurant popped up to feed and quench cinephiles heading for a matinee or late night movie session. Positioned a little awkwardly – with a stairway to a local gym making up one wall – lunch can see the odd lycra-clad gym junkie slow down to check out what’s on your plate. That doesn’t hinder Wooden Spoon’s cosmopolitan feel though, given its slick fit out in black, white and silver. You’ll see the likes of Gai Waterhouse and her brood gracing the restaurant out back on a Saturday night alongside the yuppies, yummy mummies and well-to-do retirees perusing the wine list.

The Modern Australian classics-with-a-twist that pepper the menu are well executed, full of flavour, nicely presented and reasonably priced. With dishes like polenta and gorgonzola, and miso-baked prawns, Wooden Spoon's chef Shane Rider ticks all the right boxes. Desserts are a treat and worth choosing over a choc-top from the movies. But if you go for both, there is a gym upstairs after all.

Wooden Spoon Bar & Restaurant
3/362 Military Road, Cremorne
(02) 9904 5687

Mon & Wed 2.30pm–11pm
Tues, Thurs to Sat 11.30am–11.30pm
Sun 11am–9.30pm