Every suburb needs a spot like Bellevue Hill’s tiny new cafe Tucker. Sure, most Sydney suburbs offer plenty of spots to meet pals for coffee and avo on toast – but few also boast a fridge stocked with house-made, family-sized meals – we’re talking chicken and leek pies and whole roasted chickens – to take home for dinner.
Tucker is the recently opened younger sibling of the Randwick cafe of the same name (originally called Parc, it’s been around for nearly 15 years). Owner-operators Sam and Michael Kern had long thought about expanding their business, so when the perfect spot became available on Bellevue Road late in 2020, they jumped on it. Now, despite having been open just a few months, it’s already a bustling hub for locals.
Sandwiched between luxe homewares store Chrissy & Co and boutique hair salon Bouclé, Tucker is small but sure of itself. The fit-out is simple: all white with slick black accents; a leadlight window spilling natural light from the open shopfront right to the back of the room; counters covered with colourful bowls of fruit and veg; and an already well-trodden doormat. Sam and Michael are hands-on, alternating their time between the two venues with support from their daughters Chiara and Milla.
The Bellevue Hill menu is a short and sweet version of the mothership’s, but there’s still plenty to choose from. Sit inside or out on the footpath for all-day brekkie options including a three-cheese toastie served with pickles; vanilla rice pudding with strawberry compote; or a breakfast plate of Israeli salad, boiled egg and labneh. At lunchtime there are sandwiches made with thick-cut bread from Infinity Bakery (you might struggle to pick between the poached-chicken beauty and the pastrami), salads (the smoked trout number, with fish from Brilliant Food, is a knockout), and a chicken and leek pie that’s so delightful you’ll want to buy another one for your freezer (luckily, you can).
The grab-and-go menu is a big focus of the new venue. There’s an entire fridge packed with ready-made meals to take home and reheat for dinner or freeze for a rainy day. Think whole roasted chickens, that chicken pie – plus a fish and pea version – and a bunch of mighty salads that stand on their own or make the perfect side accompaniment to the chicken pie, or whatever else is cooking at your place. You might also find pre-made pastas, curries and spanakopita. Tucker uses its own coffee blend from Coffee by Andrew, and you can buy bags of beans for home. On your way out, choose from a selection of pastries by Clovelly’s Tuga, plus house-made cookies, slices and biscotti.
You may leave with enough food and coffee that you won’t need to return for a week, but you will anyway – Tucker’s the sort of place you’ll want to pop in every day to say g’day.
Tucker Bellevue Hill
98G Bellevue Road, Bellevue Hill
Mon to Sat 7am–2.30pm