Parents of Rydalmere, don your Pharrell Williams hat and do a little happy dance, 'cause a sweet new cafe has opened up in your hood, and it serves yummy food and it is home to a backyard with a big tree that will occupy your little munchers for quite a while. The café is obviously named after said tree.
Located on a fairly quiet suburban street, I dare say the Big Tree House Cafe is a welcome addition to this caffeine deprived area. When we pulled up outside early on a Sunday morning (they open at 8am) we found a bright aqua exterior with bright red stools. Then when we entered, a very funky interior was waiting for us - plus some very friendly staff. There is a great black and white mural on the wall of a street scape from some far off country. Trendy exposed and industrial lighting is used and of course being a tree house, loads of wood has been used throughout the inside area of the cafe.
There are clipboard menus on the tables and also a large blackboard menu behind the front counter. It's an order and pay at the counter type of operation. There is a help yourself water station and here you will also find a big stack of brightly coloured plastic plates and cutlery for the kiddliwinks - yay! High chairs are also in plentiful supply. There isn't a baby change table but there is a loo. You also will have room and access for your pram outside, inside might be a bit tight if you have a big tractor.
We took a seat inside much to the annoyance of the little bulls as they knew a tree was lurking somewhere out the back. The young lass behind the counter heard the whining of our not so quiet sons and showed us out the back to the tree!
So if you have kids that love to climb trees, don't be drawn into to the da funky interior just head straight down the path beside the cafe and you will find the big tree - a fantastic magnolia tree to be exact. Otherwise you can enter through the front doors, have a sticky beak, place your orders and go through the back door to the outdoors - just be careful as you are walking straight past the kitchen and you don't want your little ones to wear some bacon and eggs after they have tripped over the poor chef.
The boys stayed in the tree and the whole time and we threw their food up to them! No not exactly, they came down for their babycino ($1.50), kids sized caramel milkshake ($3.50) and banana bread with honeycomb butter ($5.50). They only have a kids menu for lunch time, either calamari or nuggets with chips for $6.00. However there are other options off the main breakfast and lunch menu that I'm sure most kids would love eating. I'm sure they will also spot the cookie jars on the front counter and demand one or two of those if you are just after some morning or afternoon tea.
As you can tell the coffee is Campos. To be honest it wasn't the best coffee I have ever had, but I'm willing to go back and give it another try because it may just be the barista is still learning their craft - I should mention here that the Big Tree House Cafe is not even 2 months old!
Now the menu for adults is very tasty and very reasonably priced indeed. Basics such as toast start at $4.50 and the most expensive item for breakfast is the big tree house breakfast for $16.00. I thoroughly recommend the asparagus and sautéed mushrooms on sourdough (served with perfectly poached eggs and truffle oil) for only 11 bucks!
At lunch time the menu is simple but delicious sounding. You can choose between soup, salad, sandwich, burger or tart. Once again their most expensive item is $16.00. I'd love to go back for lunch and have a fresh prawn and mango salad ($14) with avo, cucumber, pickled ginger and passionfruit) dressing washed down with a rockmelon and ginger spritzer ($6) - ladies who lunch - what are you waiting for!?
We were very lucky when we were dining at the big tree house cafe, as we were the only people out the back, so the little bulls had the tree all to themselves. However if there were quite a few families out here the poor old tree might get a bit squishy - it can really only accommodate 2-3 kiddliwinks.
So are you ready for a little happy dance?
88 Calder Rd, Rydalmere NSW 2116
02 8626 9007
Open everyday except Tuesday. 8am - 4pm.