Northern beaches: Nourished Cafe and Lounge

EAT OUT: Brush the sand of your feet and relax at North Narrabeen's Nourished Cafe and Lounge owner Jimmy Arslan. Picture: Geoff Jones
EAT OUT: Brush the sand of your feet and relax at North Narrabeen's Nourished Cafe and Lounge owner Jimmy Arslan. Picture: Geoff Jones

NOURISHED by name, nourished by nature. If you're yet to stroll in to Nourished Cafe and Lounge in North Narrabeen, it really is a feast for the senses and stomach.

Brush the sand off your feet, leave your surfboard underneath the towering Norfolk Island Pines at the door and stroll on in for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

There's two Nourished cafes - Avalon and North Narrabeen - with the later the newest kid on the block.

Owner Jimmy Arslan prides himself on a great cuppa and it's not just your a flat white or cappuccino from the espresso machine, the cafe's cold brew ice coffee is also getting a name for itself. It takes 24 hours to make, drip-by-drip, but the taste is well worth the wait.

Hungry? You have to try the legendary Reuben sandwich. It might be better known on the streets of New York, but this little piece of Americana has become a firm favourite with customers.

ENJOY: The Reuben sandwich has become legendary at Nourished Cafe and Lounge, owner Jimmy Arslan said. Picture: Geoff Jones

ENJOY: The Reuben sandwich has become legendary at Nourished Cafe and Lounge, owner Jimmy Arslan said. Picture: Geoff Jones

This was my first Reuben and it's a hearty, tasty sandwich of house made corned beef, swiss cheese, Russian dressing, sauerkraut and fresh slaw on rye sourdough toast. It can also be made gluten free.

"When Americans come here I encourage them to have one and they say it's as good as anything in the US," Mr Arslan said.

Dinner is served from Wednesday to Sunday each week and the cafe's motto is to "keep it simple stupid" with quality, fresh ingredients, the best fruit, vegetables and meat.

For a cocktail with your water views, make sure you pop into the 'lounge' section in Nourished for a laid-back, casual atmosphere with your afternoon tipple.

Sit outside at the cafe and you can soak in the view of Narrabeen Lagoon, the sand hills and beyond. It might be across the road from the caravan park, but it's quickly become a hub for locals.

"The whole idea is for people to come and enjoy and relax," Mr Arslan said. "Go for a swim and then come straight in here."

Much of the cafe's produce comes from Mr Arslan's farm in Mittagong and it supplies lamb, chicken, mushrooms, eggs, plums, pomegranate and persimmons.

There's also a handy little nook at the cafe to grab your own fresh produce, including: free range eggs, milk, bread and honey.

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