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North Island

Address
Address:
111 Scotchmer Street
North Fitzroy VIC 3068
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9486 8864
Chef
License: Unlicensed
Chef
Price Range: $$

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North Island is a fantastic all-day eatery in North Fitzroy, pumping out robust Coffee Supreme and simple yet delicious sandwiches and meals. Sitting alongside other local hotspots, North Island is a quiet achiever and has earned its a good reputation in the area thanks to its consistency, affordable cafe fare and great minimalist vibe.

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The Scotchmer Street space may only be identified by a white A4 sheet of paper attached to the glass door with yellow Blu-tack, but do not be fooled. Sitting patiently between other local hotspots, North Island is a quiet achiever, and is the preferred haunt for many nearby restaurateurs and baristas. Kiwi owner Matt Cohen usually mans the espresso machine and does not disappoint, while the food selection, which includes scrumptious Bircher muesli and divine fruit toast with cream cheese for breakfast, is equally as impressive and served expeditiously. Takeaway paninis and bagels are a popular lunch option.

The cement floors, wood furniture and plain hanging lights create a modern and uncomplicated atmosphere inside, and the laid-back Matt and co. behind the bar add to the hunch that things tick along effortlessly at North Island. This main front room flows out into a delightful Japanese-esque outdoor eating area that offers a tranquil setting away from the often bustling front end. There is growing concern among North Island regulars, evident from their faces when a newbie walks in, that the place may actually be discovered soon, but for the moment it remains a brilliant secret of Fitzroy North. Light breakfasts and sandwiches range from $4 to $8, while a more substantial feed goes up to $12.

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If you enjoy finding a place where the staff learn your name (and perhaps more importantly how you have your coffee) and seem genuinely pleased that you've arrived, yet again, for your fix... then don't go past North Island. Matt is meticulous in his duties as barista and none in the area, in my opinion, can compare.review  07/07/2012

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Restaurant Features
Breakfast
Cheap & Cheerful
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
Takeaway


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