You know how there is that pesky term "Yummy Mummy", well why isn't there one for the Daddies? There are loads of seriously good looking Dads out there, even old Mr Munch isn't too bad if I do say so myself! So maybe we should start one - Dandy Daddy, Dapper Daddy or how about Dishy Daddy? What ever they are called, I saw quite a few of them last Saturday morning when we stopped in for a spot of breakfast at Dolcini Cafe in Putney.
See all of these local Dishy Dads came in solo with some very cute progeny and ordered themselves their morning caffeine fix and a babycino for their babes. I presume their wives were home catching up on some much needed R & R (or the latest episode of Housewives of Melbourne), and good luck to them. Now Dolcini Cafe loves families - just look at their logo! And apparently by visiting Dolcini you are "Living La Dolcini Vita" and yep you guessed it, this is an Italian cafe.
If the name of the cafe didn't give it away then the big tubs of Nutella and the framed football jerseys on the wall will. The cafe is quite small in size so if you arrive with a pram you will need to sit at one of the outside tables. We sat inside on a communal table and whilst I watched all of the dishy dads, Mr Munch read the papers and the boys played arm wrestles (I forgot to pack my bag of colouring in for them).
Whilst there aren't any activities to keep kidlets occupied, this cafe has some very child friendly aspects to it. Firstly, their kids menu is excellent. It is broken down into 4 parts - Rise & Shine; Starving; Thirsty; and If You Ate Your Greens! The meals are $10.00 and this includes either a kids size juice or milk shake. Babycinos and kid's hot chocolates both come with the obligatory marshmallow. If you would prefer your kids to drink table water, Dolcini uses plastic tumblers. Even the kids food was served on unbreakable plates! High chairs are available, the staff love kids and they open super early - I'm talking 6am, so you can get your caffeine fix as soon as those little mud larks of yours wake up. If you need the loos they are around the back of the complex where Dolcini is located and there is also a car park here as well as loads of street parking available.
One of our boys was very lucky and allowed to avoid the "greens" and have a Nutella Muffin for breakfast. The morning we dined the front counter near the cash register was jam packed with freshly baked muffins (all made in house) and there are also quite a few other naughty treats in the cake cabinet next to it. My other little nut went for peanut butter toast and we had the choice between one or two slices which is ideal if you have small eaters. After he gobbled down his toast the little nut was using his fingers to get out every last sticky bit, much to the amusement of our waitress and she very kindly brought him another little portion to eat!
The menu for big people at Dolcini is extensive. Beside the delicious standard menu on offer they have daily specials from which we ordered our breakfast. My poached eggs on top of haloumi, avocado and sourdough was the perfect way to start the day and of course it was accompanied by a perfectly brewed skim flat white (getting healthy aren't I!). Our very own dishy daddy had the health breakfast which was poached eggs, spinach,tomato and prosciutto on rye - both of these specials were $16.00.
At lunch time they have all sorts of yummy Italian inspired dishes on their menu. You can start on some antipasti and then move onto to something more substantial. Off course several pasta dishes are present as well as pizza, but you can also have salads, burgers and gourmet sandwiches. They always have some thing amazing on their specials page too. You can complete the experience with a scoop or two of gelato from their bar afterwards, oh and they are licensed so cheers!
Now a visit to Putney is not complete without a visit to Putney Park. Dolcini is located in the Putney village shops in Charles St and the park with the awesome playground is about a 3 minute drive away in Pellisier Road. Make sure you grab a take away coffee although, as once your kids are in the park it is seriously hard to drag them away. And for something extra fun why not go home via the Putney Punt (depending whereabouts in Sydney you live of course).
So Little Munchers what shall we call our Dads? Shall it be Dandy, Dapper or Dishy? Or do you have a better one?
90 Charles St Putney, NSW
02 9808 4111
Open 7 days for breakfast & lunch