A tiny Cremorne café is punching well above its weight
For a café where the espresso machine alone seems to take up half the space, Shot can fit an impressive number of diners. Sit at a table inside if you like, but you’re better off nabbing a seat at the sunlit bar seats so you can gaze across at the Art Deco Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace across the road. Like many Lower North Shore cafés, Shot has gone for the ‘recycled timber, chalkboard and Courier New’ aesthetic, though the warmth of the space and staff make it work.
Breakfast is an all-day affair, which only makes it harder to choose once the lunch menu starts. The menu is short, simple and filled with classic café favourites like smashed avo and toasties. If you’re after a lazy weekend breakfast the shakshuka will keep you going till dinner time. Shot uses an eggplant rather than tomato-based stew to poach the eggs, which arrive just set. Topped with hearty chunks of halloumi and sourdough toast the dish is tasty and Instagrammable. Specials keep the small menu from growing stale.
Shot use their own locally roasted blend called Ammo, a name that becomes increasingly appropriate as you drink it. It’s smooth but with a definite kick that will catch novice drinkers off guard (as well as wake them up). Add a hefty slice of cake from Bakealicious or a tahini scroll to take the edge off with something sweet.
For a solid coffee and classic café fare on Military Road, Shot is an easy choice. But come early or come alone if you want a seat.
|Venue name:||Shot on Military|
1/307 Military Rd, Neutral Bay
|Opening hours:||on-Fri 6am-3pm; Sat, Sun 7am-3pm|