About ten years ago I was as single as a pringle and looking for Mr Right. I thought a clairvoyant may be able to shed some light as to where I would find him. Somehow I found a clairvoyant in Thornleigh and I made the trek from the city via train to Thornleigh. When I got off the train I was a wee bit worried that the person who was going to tell me how to find the man of my dreams lived in such a cultural wasteland. There wasn't a cafe or shop in sight. Anyway I had my visit with the Claire the Clairvoyant (!) and she told me that I would meet a man very soon, his name would be Peter, he would more than likely be a Piscean, we wouldn't be rich, but we would be very happy and that we would have loads of daughters. She got everything right except for one thing - we are terribly rich ..... just joking! We haven't had loads of little girls - we have only produced two little boys and let me tell you there is nothing girlie about them at all.
Fast forward ten years and I have made another visit to Thornleigh and this time I haven't found a cultural wasteland, instead it is a thriving little multicultural melting pot! There are all sorts of interesting Asian restaurants and grocers and there is the very gorgeous and very child friendly cafe called Curl the Whisker. Such a cool name for a cafe - I'm always a sucker for a weird and wonderful name. The little bulls have actually christened it the moustache cafe and want to know when we are going back!
The moustache motif is featured throughout the cafe - from the T shirts that the staff wear, to the menus, to the decorative references all over the inside of the cafe. Curl the Whisker is also a shop stocked full to the brim with vintage wears and curios. You can pick up an old mirror or a vase or an antique purse if you are in the mood for a bit of shopping. Oh and you don't have to worry about your kids whilst you are browsing as there are loads of toys for them to play with! The little bulls spent ages playing with the old Rubik's cubes whilst I had a sticky beak at all the stuff for sale and of course the cake cabinet!
Just like the shop being full to the brim, so was the cake cabinet. There were cakes, tarts, friands and slices. I do believe that it is also full of sandwiches earlier in the day, however they were all gone by the time we arrived, as we had arrived in time for afternoon tea. I can never go past a carrot cake - my futile attempt at believing that I am ordering something healthy! The cake was dense and moist with a thick cream cheese frosting on top, garnished with a candied walnut and some candied carrot. As we were in a vintage cafe, it was of course served on a vintage plate! My Campos coffee was brilliant. I'm not one for saying pretentious things like it was full bodied and robust with the right amount of nutty creaminess, all I know is, that it was good, real good.
The little bulls munched on smartie cookies and kids sized vanilla milkshakes. I love that the boy's afternoon tea was served on unbreakables, ie. an enamel tray for the cookie and a plastic cup for the milkshake - these guys have been to the school of child friendly cafes! They could teach a thing or two to other "child friendly" cafes in Sydney. If you wish to dine at breakfast or lunch as a family there is a dedicated (and well priced) kids menu.
For Mummas and Pappas there are some yummy things on the adults menu as well. The menus come in small photo albums - such a smart way of preserving their longevity. I hate when I am handed a grotty paper menu that has been handled by too many customers before me.
Curl the Whisker is located right next to the Thornleigh train station.This adds some entertainment value if you have train obsessed sons like I do. Because of its location, Curl the Whisker relies on the commuter coffee crowd, especially early in the morning, hence why it opens at 6.00am during the week. On Saturdays they have a bit of a sleep in and open at 7.00am. So if you are blessed with children who wake at the crack of dawn, this is a breakfast place for you to try out. They do rest on the seventh day, so make sure you don't turn up on a Sunday as you may be confronted with a cultural wasteland like I was all of those years ago.
Just to let you now, the inside of the cafe isn't very pram friendly, it would be a tight squeeze to try and park your bugaboo in here. However there are tables and chairs outside where you can sit with your pram and watch the trains go by - it is near the street so make sure you keep an eye on your wandering little ones.
I found the staff at Curl the Whisker to be really welcoming of the kids. They made sure they were served first, that they had toys to play with and they also offered doggy bags for the little bulls to put their half eaten cookies in. Obviously it helps when owners of cafes have kids themselves as they realise that children are just as much customers as parents are.
The timing of this review is quite ironic as today is my Wedding Anniversary. So thank you Claire the Clairvoyant from Thornleigh for helping make my dreams come true. Mr Munch and I have survived the 7 year Itch and now we are into our 8th year of wedded bliss.
1/4 Station St, Thornleigh, NSW 2120
02 9484 3869
Open Mon - Fri: 6.00am - 3.30pm; Sat: 7.00am - 2.30pm