Butterbox Cafe, a sparkly new seaside gem, is about to open its doors at Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club, brought to us by the same team behind beloved local hotspot, The Pocket in Freshwater.
Back in February we mentioned that a great new cafe was coming to the recently renovated Long Reef Surf Club. Well, its beachside doors are about to swing open! Named after the little patch of reef just north of Long Reef, The Butterbox is poised for a November soft-opening. The coastal cafe is a reflection of surf enthusiast and lifelong resident, Martin Arrisueno’s deep connection to the ocean and his desire to provide a welcoming space for the beach-loving community.
Martin opened Freshwater’s beloved The Pocket cafe almost seven years ago, having previously worked as an apprentice at the Freshwater Restaurant (now Pilu) and as head chef overseeing weddings and events at Long Reef Golf Club.
The heart and soul of The Pocket, loved for its casual beach vibe and community spirit, will also resonate at Butterbox.
“We will be offering a classic contemporary beachside café menu, this being from our classic B&E rolls and all-day breakfast items to thoughtfully crafted salads and dishes with a twist,” Martin explains. “Staples like burgers, fish & chips, healthy smoothies, and of course, ice cream.”
When asked about his specialties, Martin says, “Because of my chef background, I love twisting and mixing flavours around. Our Nepalese breakfast curry with chorizo, naan and poached eggs has been a hit. Also, our sticky chai and hand-made turmeric latte presentations are very popular.”
These drinks will be poured in beautiful mugs made by Live Simply Ceramics, a small batch ceramicist on the Northern Beaches.
Butterbox’s strong commitment to the local community and environment also shines in their partnership with Seven Miles Coffee Roasters, where they’ll donate $1 from each kilogram of coffee sold to Bear Cottage, the wonderful children’s hospice at Manly. Additionally, the cafe is dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint, offering a mug library for patrons, promoting reusable containers and encouraging eco-friendly practices.
“We are here for the community,” Martin emphasises. “We love getting involved, whether it’s with beach clean-ups, fundraisers or supporting the local board riders. We are also very passionate about reducing our footprint so there will be lots of incentive to not use takeaway.”
Butterbox cafe’s unique charm extends to its interior, which Martin hopes to fit out with surfboard racks showcasing local board shapers’ craftsmanship. Surf enthusiasts and beachgoers will find essentials like wax, leashes, hats and sunscreen on the shelves, making it a one-stop destination for all their beach needs.
There’s no doubt Butterbox will be an amazing addition to the Northern Beaches cafe scene, and we can’t wait for the opening! You can stay up to date via their socials below.
Address: Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club, Pittwater Rd
Opening hours: TBC
Want to read more about the Long Reef Surf Club make over? Click through to the full story and pics here.