In the Cove is all about shopping local, eating local and being local. However, sometimes you have to leave Lane Cove and go the short distance to Artarmon (or as we like to call it Lane Cove East) to visit Home HQ.
Home HQ has 25 stores in the centre and includes home decor, furniture and personal technology. The big news is that when you’re at Home HQ you will now be able to visit acre Artarmon – a farm food inspired cafe, bakery, bar, restaurant and event space.
Seating for 400 is split amongst the Atrium Café bakery, acre Italiano Restaurant & Bar and functions and events spaces all set within a kitchen garden, planted pergolas with strawberries and bougainvillea, a large greenhouse-style function space and kids’ playground with chicken coop and composting area. Local and exotic fruit trees, vertical plantings and hydroponic growing systems add to the luscious space.
acre Artarmon is not only a cafe and restaurant. They will also offer unique experiences from guided tours, chefs’ demonstrations, long lunches and meet-the-maker tastings to twilight gardening and kid’s programs.
You may have visited acre Camperdown in the Inner West or acre Burwood in Melbourne. If you have, you will know that acre Artarmon is a destination foodie delight.
When Does acre Artarmon Open?
The Atrium Café bakery opened today (Friday 30th October) and the full acre Italiano Restaurant & Bar opens on Friday 6 November 2020. Booking link here.
The Atrium Bakery Cafe is open from 7 am till 5 pm Monday till Saturday and from 7 am till 3 pm on Sunday.
What is a Farm Food Inspired Concept?
Luke Heard, Managing Director, has promised an exciting twist on their popular acre brand, perfect for north shore locals.
“Our own food journey continues to evolve with acre Artarmon opening. We have tried to bring the best of what we do into one destination experience while at the same time, raise the bar for our farm food team.
Visitors will be able to taste our kitchen garden through our bakery treats and gelato, feel our trellised-tomatoes and tiered-basil growing around them while they eat in our acre Italiano restaurant and relax in the abundant indoor and outdoor spaces. Set within 2000m2 of interactive gardens and hospitality experiences, punctuated by a kids’ play area, chicken coop, worm farms and growing spaces, we’re very excited to soon be part of the Lower North Shore community,” says Heard.
The venue, set within sprawling indoor and outdoor productive gardens, is designed by Emilie Delalande of Etic, the interior designer behind Barangaroo House, and ex-team leader at Akin Atelier for Coogee Pavilion.
Striking design features, such as the curved planter banquette surrounding banana trees in the middle of the Northern Plaza and the Water Fountain that doubles as a seat in the Southern Terrace, anchor the venue and encourage guests to “settle in” for a family occasion, long lunch with friends or after work aperitivo.
The open-air oasis offers vibrancy and freshness. The design encourages guests to move throughout the venue discovering an abundance of plant life and unique spaces to form a complete sensory dining experience.
The café bakery features house-made freshly baked croissants and pastries, country-style pies and sausage rolls, healthy salads and baguettes through to decadent triple cream Victoria sponge cakes all supplemented by a café-style cooked- to-order breakfast and lunch menu, and great Gypsy coffee.
The café bakery will also feature an innovative-new fresh gelato-making technique from Carnival Desserts infused with unique flavours like acre Pavlova or Banana dulce de leche drawing inspiration and ingredients from the garden and growing spaces.
acre Artarmon has designed an enticing new menu for acre Italiano, with significant hints of flair influenced by regional Italian cooking. Almost everything created has a distinct familiarity; food that is easily shared amongst friends and family. There are several hero dishes capturing a perfect blend of Italian staples and modern takes on classics like the Giant Cotoletta, using ethically raised chicken stuffed with fontina cheese and finished with fragrant burnt sage picked from the kitchen garden.
You can also expect to see more traditional dishes such as Pasta Puttanesca, a range of Neapolitan pizza from the central pizza oven and a selection of artisan Salumi and pickle boards.
Italian zest will flow on to the impressive drinks list which will feature crowd favourites such as barrel-aged Negroni and freshly made frothy Garibaldis with alcohol supplied by boutique local producers including Finders Gin Distillery located just 100m from the venue. There will also be punchy blitzed Sgroppinos and acre’s own version of the Classic Spritz using seasonal native herbs picked from the garden such as lemon verbena.
So next time you need to go to Home HQ, stop and smell the garden and have something yummy to eat.
Cafe and bakery
From 7 am–5 pm (Mon to Sat)
From 7 am–3 pm (Sunday)
Restaurant and terrace
Thu 4.30 pm–10.30 pm
Fri & Sat 11.30 am–11 pm
Sun 12 pm–4 pm
Home HQ Artarmon is a unique lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the lower North Shore. With over 25 stores in the centre, Home HQ Artarmon has the latest designs, home décor and lifestyle trends across furniture, homewares and personal technology.