These school holidays we have been exploring Sydney far and wide, discovering suburbs that we didn't even know existed. Like Jamisontown. I had never heard of it before, but when we went to Penrith to review a cafe that was recommended by a lovely reader, we found ourselves in Jamisontown by chance, when we were searching for a playground for the boys to muck around in. As I need to be fully caffeinated before I tackle a playground with my kidlets, I looked for the closest cafe and that is how I discovered Cafe Lattetude.
This spacious cafe is located on the corner of two busy roads and diagonally opposite Jamison Park. There is loads of parking and very easy pram access and as the cafe is so spacious you won't have any issue parking your pram next to your table (it would also be an ideal mother's group venue). You can sit inside or out and I chose an outside table as we had this space to ourselves. There are loads of high chairs available and if you need the toilets they are located at the front of the building near the car park. The toilets are huge so you can fit your pram in there, but there isn't a baby change table.
As soon as we had sat down a charming older chap greeted us and provided menus and took the much needed coffee order. I was seriously impressed with the kids menu at Cafe Lattetude - I think it is the largest that I've seen. There is so much choice, some healthy, some not and I think even the fussiest of little taste buds are catered for. It is definitely on the expensive side in comparison to other kids menus in Sydney although. The boys had already had their weetbix so they just wanted some morning tea when we arrived around 9.30am. They both chose a mango slurpy ($3.90) and a polka dot cookie ($3.80). The slurpys were the perfect choice on a hot summer's day. If you find yourself at Cafe Lattetude for lunch, some examples of dishes on the kids menu are Saucy Sausage Pasta; Creamy Cheese Orecchiette (Pasta); Bangers & Mash; Cheeseburger; Chicken Schnitzel Parmigana; and BBQ Lamb Cutlets. It's what I like to call real food, not mass produced deep fried food that you see on way too many kids menus in Sydney. Babycinos, milkshakes, hot chocolates, juices and of course the slurpys all come in kid sizes.
My need for caffeine was fully met at Cafe Lattetude - the Vittoria coffee was superior and exactly the perfect kick start to my morning. Combined with the beautifully presented "Good Health Plate" I felt as though I could tackle that playground head on! The boys sadly stole most of my fruit so I was just left with the spelt maple granola, yoghurt and mixed berry compote - mixed together this was one seriously good breakfast. If you prefer eggs to kick start your day, there are approximately 13 different ways that they are served. Poached, fried, scrambled, baked or in an omelette, your are seriously spoilt for choice with the options on the menu. How does Eggs Za’atar sound - scrambled eggs on toasted white sourdough with smoked salmon, avocado, goats cheese and lemon dusted in home made za’atar spice served with seasoned hand cut potato wedges ($18.90). If you prefer sweet to savoury at breakfast time then there are waffles, french toast, pancakes and the intriguing sounding candied toast - caramelised brioche toast with poached pear, yoghurt & honey ($16.90). The choice is huge and your belly will never be the same once you have feasted at Cafe Lattetude.
Cafe Lattetude is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from the family friendly hour of 5.30pm. The lunch and dinner menu hovers around the $20 - $30 mark and you can have everything from a crepe and burger up to the yummy sounding Israeli lamb shanks (tender shanks served with Israeli spiced cous cous, fresh pomegranate & herbs) or the gluten free Barramundi with dragoncello (panfried barramundi on salad of shaved fennel and chives dressed in tarragon and garlic vinaigrette topped with fresh herbs). For dessert they have some naughty sounding treats such as a butterscotch poached pear and tiramisu. There is also a gelato bar which would be the perfect indulgence on a summer's day.
When I went inside to pay the bill I spied freshly baked muffins, loads of calorific cakes in the front cabinet as well as jars of chocolate frogs and big fat freckles for sale. The interior is spacious and cool but I personally think the outside is the best place to sit with children.
Fully caffeinated and very satiated we headed across the road to Jamison Park. This is big park that has loads of green space, a skate ramp, bike/scooter tracks and a brand new playground. Just to let you know if the weather is a wee bit too hot for you, Flip Out, AMF Bowling and Unreal Mini Golf are located very close to Cafe Lattetude - so you are spoilt with choices to occupy your kidlets.
So tell me Little Munchers do you go exploring new suburbs in Sydney or do you prefer to stick close to home?
69 York Rd (cnr Batt St)
Jamisontown NSW 2750
Open 7 days Mon 7am - 5pm; Sun 8am - 4pm