My maiden name is Daley, so when I discovered that a new cafe called Daleys Kitchen had swung open its doors in a place called Daleys Point on the Central Coast, it was a given that it had to be Little Munched, and quick smart!
You will find Daleys Kitchen on busy Empire Bay Drive. It is in the same complex as a child care centre, so your bug eyed little ones will probably notice the big coloured pencils that are scattered around the car park, as well as the playground that is attached to the child care centre (this is not available to play in).
There is loads of parking right outside of Daleys Kitchen, and pram access is very easy via the verandah. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, there will space to park your pram next to your table too. And if you need a high chair for the little people in your life, they are available inside, as is some colouring in to keep little hands occupied. The toilet facilites are located outside of the cafe - you just need to ask a member of staff for the key.
If you choose to sit out on the verandah at Daleys Kitchen, you will have views over the water (Brisbane Water) to St Huberts Island. On a sunny day this would be perfect, but if the weather is bleak it may be a better option to get nice and toasty inside.
You order and pay at the front counter at Daleys Kitchen. The staff are really friendly and helpful - it's good old fashioned service here, that's for sure. And they welcome kids with open arms too. Not only do they provide colouring in to keep them occupied, but they also serve up some delightful baked goodies specifically for little people (eg. those cute little tea cup biscuits), as well as providing a really good kids menu.
Items include toast with their favourite spread, freshky baked muffins, plain sandwiches as well as an awesome sounding kids Tasting Plate of the Day ($7.50). There could be anything from fresh fruit, to carrot and celery sticks, grilled chicken, ham or cheese on the plate. It comes with toast fingers and a little pot of dip. As we dined at breakfast time we didn't sample this plate, however the below photo from Daleys Kitchen FB page shows it in all its glory, along with one of their very cute babycinos!
They brew a very good flat white at Daleys Kitchen. I'm not sure what beans they use but the coffee was smooth, yet strong (just the way I like it). The coffee (or one of their organic loose leaf teas) would go perfectly with one of their home made sweet treats (crispy caramel slice, carrot cake, brownies and more) that line the cake cabinet.
It was a bit too early to gobble down a sweet treat when we dined, so instead we opted for the breakfast menu. You can fill your belly with everything from a traditional Country Breakfast to Zucchini Fritters served with smoked salmon. The good old bacon and eggs is a very generous serve, as was the mushrooms on toast. I'm going through a mushroom phase at the moment, so I had to order Daleys Kitchen's pan fired mushrooms which were tossed in garlic butter and served on soy and linseed sourdough toast with baby spinach. They were seriously good, and it's lucky the husband is quite partial to me, as I had a good dose of garlic breath for the rest of the day!
At lunch time, the menu covers your cafe basics - toasted sandwiches, beef burger, wraps, fish & chips, BLT, caesar salad etc. and the most expensive item is $18.00, so your hip pocket won't be damaged too much. And I'm presuming the portion sizes will be just as generous as they are at breakfast so the value for money is excellent.
Daleys Kitchen is a great spot to stop in for a bite to eat if you are visiting the southern part of the Central Coast, or if you travelling a bit further north. It's over an hours drive from Sydney (depending where you live) so drop on by for some good ol' Daley hospitality!
30 Empire Bay Dr, Daleys Point NSW
0478 617 599
Mon - Fri: 6am - 3pm
Sat: 7am - 3pm
Sun: 8am - 12pm