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“My Happy Place”. That’s how I think of The Armchair Collective in Mona Vale. Over the past year or so, it has become a favourite place, a place to which I love returning.

Why is that? Is it the atmosphere, with the fun furniture and other odds and ends for sale, colourful, with lots of textures? Or is it the jumbled collection of things spread throughout the cafe, so there’s always something new or different to see wherever you are? Or is it the consistently good food? Or is it the friendly staff? Or is it that the people and the vibe all fit the beach feel? Or? All of the above.

Armchair Collective Mona Vale

The Armchair Collective is a sister to The Boat House at Palm Beach. It has many things in common with The Boat House, with a similar menu, scaled down a bit, and masses of flowers for sale.

The Environment

While being seated at a table surrounded by furniture or other things sounds like it could be like being in the middle of a furniture shop, it’s nothing like that. The colours and the textures and fabrics add a relaxed and happy vibe.

Armchair Collective, Mona Vale - collection 3

Everywhere you look are things to tempt you – furniture, teapots, teatowels, flowers, yummy food, sweets to take away such as caramels and fudge.

Armchair Collective, Mona Vale - collection 1

Rather than being jumbled and over-full, somehow the large bunches of flowers and all sorts of interesting goodies seem to add to a feeling of abundance.

Armchair Collective, Mona Vale - collection 2

The Food

The food at Armchair is good everyday food, but tasty, interesting, and good quality.  Whatever I’ve eaten there has been better than I was expecting.

Green papaya squid salad - with Thai dressing, peanuts, and crispy fried onion

Green papaya squid salad – with Thai dressing, peanuts, and crispy fried onion

The squid salad was a perfect balance between salty and sweet, with lots of textures and flavours in there.

Berry smoothie (huge) and coffee

Berry smoothie (huge) and coffee

Milkshakes and smoothies are served in those old-fashioned bottles, with huge serves.

Moroccan chicken salad - with chickpeas, pistachio, sweet potato, snow peas, and minted yoghurt

Moroccan chicken salad – with chickpeas, pistachio, sweet potato, snow peas, and minted yoghurt

The menu usually includes a few different salads, so you’d be sure to find something to suit. And not just your average salad, with interesting combinations of ingredients.

Roast vegetable rosti

Roast vegetable rosti

The rosti is something light for breakfast. Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 am.

Wild mushroom bruschetta - with balsamic reduction, fetta cheese, pine nuts on rye toast

Wild mushroom bruschetta – with balsamic reduction, fetta cheese, pine nuts on rye toast

The mushroom is on the part of the menu available all day, from 7:30am – 3pm.

Winter pie

Winter pie

The menu varies with the seasons. A hearty winter pie or freshly made soup are ideal in the middle of winter.

Tomato soup (winter menu)

Tomato soup (winter menu)

And now for one of the Collective classics, the burger. There’s no way that you can that without some disassembly!

Collective beef burger - with beetroot marmalade, tasty cheese, fresh tomato, onion, with thick cut chips

Collective beef burger – with beetroot marmalade, tasty cheese, fresh tomato, onion, with thick cut chips

The thick cut chips at Collective are a specialty: crisp on the outside, soft in the middle. Many people order just a bowl of chips with an aoili or mayonnaise.

Steak sandwich (earlier menu)

Steak sandwich (earlier menu)

It’s all good everyday dining food, with something to suit every palate.

With Mona Vale beach being a short stroll away, after a good meal at Armchair, a walk along the beach is perfect, breathing in that fresh ocean air.

Details

Here are the details about The Armchair Collective at time of posting. Please check their web site for more current details.

Web site http://www.thearmchair.com.au/
Address 9A Darley St East, Mona Vale NSW 2103
Phone 02 9999 2871
Open Open daily 7:00-4:00
Breakfast 7:30-Noon & Lunch Noon-3:00
Menu
  • Breakfast (served before 12pm):
    • Priced from $6-17
    • Includes Sonoma walnut & raisin toast with fruit compote & ricotta, a variety of egg dishes, oatmeal and buttermilk pancakes with caramelized banana and blueberry ricotta.
  • All day menu (from 7:30 am to 3 pm):
    • Priced $8-17
    • Includes items such as a sesame bagel with smoked ocean trout, neufchatel cream cheese & baby capers, or the wild mushroom bruschetta in a photo above.
  • Lunch menu (12 – 3 pm):
    • Priced $17-25
    • Includes beer battered fish & chips with house-made tartare, or Armchair Salad (with roasted beetroot, quinoa, spinach, goats cheese, sesame seeds and pine nuts), or the Collective Burger (in the photo above), or a Vegetable Burger, or several salads.
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Where is your favourite “local” – a place you can keep on returning and love it every time?

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Church Point Waterfront Cafe

November 21, 2011 — 7 Comments

It seems that for one reason or another I’ve spent a bit of time around Pittwater lately. A week or so ago I dropped in to a place I’d been wanting to check out for a while, the Waterfront Cafe at Church Point for lunch. I liked it so much I came back again for breakfast this last weekend.

Church Point Store and Waterfront Cafe

Right at the tip of Church Point, in a courtyard leading to the wharf, there is the Church Point Store and Waterfront Cafe.

As you walk into the building there is a tiny post office to the left, then a small general store with all of the essentials, leading on to an area where you can order take out food. The pastries, the pies and cakes, all look yummy. Sometime I’ll try some of them. And then on around to the right you head out to a deck overlooking Pittwater.

The place is rustic, but the touches like the flowers on some of the tables adds to feeling of being at home. And then there’s the superb view looking out across Pittwater, with so much activity continually, with people coming and going on their boats, their kayaks.

Last week I ordered the mezze plate, which was one of their pizzas topped with cheese, gorgeous by itself, served with dips. There were five generous mounds of dips: a beetroot one, an olive tapenade, a guacamole, a roasted capsicum one, and a spicy eggplant one with dukkah-type flavour.

I didn’t know exactly what I was getting, so it was a pleasant surprise, and better than I could have imagined.

Lunch dishes on the menu include seafood dishes, pizza, pasta, gourmet hamburgers and other dishes which vary from time to time.

This weekend, returning for breakfast, I ordered the mushroom medley.

It was a beautiful mixture of mushrooms, spinach, and roasted tomato, on woodfired wholegrain toast, topped with a perfectly poached egg, and drizzled with truffle oil.

The person I was with ordered the eggs florentine, poached eggs on spinach and woodfired toast, with hollandaise sauce. That, too, was tasty.

It was a perfect morning. What a great way to start the day, with tasty food, overlooking such a gorgeous view.

The Waterfront Cafe has jazz playing on Friday nights, and on the first Sunday afternoon, and other special meals at different times.

Scotland Island

After eating, on both of these visits to the Waterfront Cafe, I then hopped on the ferry just next door, to Scotland Island. The ferry goes on a 40-minute or so ride around the Island and over to the western foreshore of the Pittwater.

The best place to sit on the ferry is right up front there! It takes you by some incredible houses dotted around the Island, nestled in the trees. And then the views across the water, are picturesque.

The ferry master is friendly, and checks with you when you get on the ferry to see at which wharf you’d like to get off the boat. You could stop off somewhere like at the Tennis Court Wharf, and have a picnic at Katherine Park, or a swim at the beach, and then stroll across the island.

The ferry leaves about once an hour during the day on the weekends, and more frequently during the week. See the Church Point Ferry Service site for more details.

Details

Here are the details about Church Point General Store and Waterfront Cafe at time of posting. Please check their web site for more current details.

Web site   http://www.waterfrontstore.com.au/
Address 1860 Pittwater Road, Church Point, NSW 2105
Phone (02) 9979 2793
Open breakfast, from 6:30am every day; lunch, from 12:00 noon every day; dinner, Fri/Sat/Sun last order by 8:30pm, rest of the week order by 6:00pm
Menu breakfast, average $10-$15; lunch, depends what you order, but probably in the $15-$20 range
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This is one of my new favourite peaceful places to spend some time, overlooking the water. It has views, good food, places to walk, and the ferry tops it all off. Where do you like to to eat, with a view?