Lindfield's appetite for a smart new venue, lobster for breakfast and the rebirth of macrame was on show this week with Goodfields opening its doors. "We just had our first service and there were 500 customers lined up the street," co-owner Anthony Karnasiotis tells Good Food.
The clever operators behind The Butcher's Block in Wahroonga and Mosman's Mr Spofforth – both of which they've sold – have found a successful venue formula for the north shore, blending elevated cafe food and canny design.
It's a toss-up between lobster tails with crustacean hollandaise and hot-cakes served with vanilla bean creme fraiche and passionfruit curd as the early bestseller on the breakfast menu.
Lindfield locals are also curious about two green ornamental rabbits on display and it turns out they are a nod to the Goodfields name and the area. "If you drive around the back streets at night, there are a lot of wild rabbits," Karnasiotis says.
The venue's designer, Ed Kenny from Sydney outfit Giant, is also trying to rebirth the crafty 1970s art form of macrame as a modern hospitality accoutrement. "The guy who made [the macrame screen] had to teach himself how to do it," Kenny says.
In the same way Goodfields matches lamb shanks and poached eggs on its menu, Kenny says he is proud of one of his own pairings. "I really like the way the plants are integrated in the seating."
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