There's something very inviting about a bright yellow stripey awning. It promises cheer and sunshine. And the awning outside of the Charles St Kitchen, is so enticing that we had to stop in for a squizz when in Putney recently. CSK is located on the edge of Putney Village - and I'm very envious of parents who live in this hood, as there are so many excellent cafes per square inch of this little village.
Charles St Kitchen is named after the street on which it is located. If you're not a local and are visiting en route to the awesome Putney Park Playground, you will find a reasonable amount of parking available around the village centre. All of the cafe's seating is inside except for a bench seat right in front of the cafe, which is perfect for sipping your latte on and soaking up some rays (but maybe not if you have a restless toddler in tow). You can easily drive your pram into the cafe but there isn't much room to park it, so maybe wear your baby or use one of the high chairs available. However in saying that, there were 2 different types of prams parked near the back tables of the cafe the morning we dined.
Now that cheer from the stripey awning doesn't stop as you walk into CSK. The owner of the cafe just exudes happiness. From the moment we walked in the front door to the time we left we were all treated like royalty. This chap made sure everyone at every table was happy, that the coffee and meals were served quickly, and that all the little people in residence were well looked after.
And your little people are going to love the babycino as it is pretty darn sweet. With its marshmallow and chocolate sprinkle edge (kids milkshakes also come with the same delicious rim), this will keep the kids occupied for a wee while whilst you enjoy one of the excellent coffees made with Mocopan beans. Kidults will love the CSK Crazy Shakes that come oozing with all sorts of toppings and calories - and speaking of calories the cake cabinet is full of the most delicious looking sweet treats we've seen at a cafe in a long time.
Suckers for donuts, especially nutella and salted caramel ones, our lads couldn't walk past the tray of freshly baked balls on the front counter either. There are other dishes available for kidlets, but our boys only had eyes for the balls!
The adults menu provides a contemporary cafe style of food. CSK Eggs with bacon (scrambled eggs with fetta, fresh tomato and spring onions), are a visual delight (and taste really good too). The Bacon Benedict is also a delight for the taste buds and instead of being served on top of a muffin it sits happily on top of a hash made with zucchini and potato.
The hollandaise was perfectly made and the eggs were perfectly poached. There was a layer of really thick bacon (that is smoked in house) and then the hash - the combination of all these elements worked really well. I also spied a very pretty granola being served to another table, and it's definitely on my "to eat" list next time we are in the area.
Now we didn't see a copy of the lunch time menu, which is no big drama as we'll just have to go back to sample it another time. I'm presuming since the brekkie menu was so awesome, that the lunch one must be great too! And they have just started dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings, so that might mean we are going to need two different dining outings to CSK, and we have absolutely no dramas with that x
So my fellow Little Munchers are you a sucker for a yellow stripey awning too? And do you have a "to eat" list like me (or is that just a wee bit weird!) x
78A Charles st, Putney NSW
02 9807 8999
Mon - Fri: 6am - 4pm
Dinner Fri & Sat nights