This new cafe opened it's doors last month in Randwick. It's called Duck Duck Goose and it's pretty cool. Their motto is Eat Drink Play, which my boys took literally as they thought everyone was in the cafe to play a game of duck, duck, goose! The interior of DDG is all exposed brick, cement floors and recycled timber crates with a few ceramic ducks scattered here and there in homage to the quacking bird. It's the kind of place that hipsters would love because their broken down old bikes have been upcycled to create some nifty light fixtures. Oh and with a name like DDG you just know that this place has to be kid friendly.
If you are like us and not very hipsterish and arrive in a car rather than on a bike, you might be lucky to score a car spot on the street, if not just park in the Royal Randwick shopping centre which is just a bit down the road from the cafe. The access for prams is easy into DDG, however if every diner had a pram there would be very little space to move around inside. There are high chairs available and an awesome toilet that has ramp access and loads of space in it. The loo has a ducky mural and a baby change table complete with wipes. There is also a dedicated nappy bin and after you have changed that nappy explosion up, you can wash your hands in lovely Aesop hand wash - so DDG get full marks for their loo!
DDG also get full marks for their cute kids play area. Simple in its design, it was the perfect spot to keep the boys occupied for the whole of our breakfast. Besides the chalk board there are also two buckets of toys for kids to play with as well as duck themed reading books - so if you have really little ones, grab something and take it to your table. DDG also get full marks for their awesome, healthy kids menu - it's just a shame we weren't shown it!
When we sat down at DDG a friendly waitress bought us menus and took our coffee orders. I had a quick flick through them and thought it was a bit weird that such a kid friendly cafe didn't have a kids menu. Anyway there were quite a few things on the menu that the boys would eat so I didn't think much more about it. I ordered them the muffin of the day which was banana and choc chip - they were straight out of the oven and they smelt divine. I think they might have been gluten free because they were really dense, but they were seriously yummy.
It wasn't until we left DDG that I spied the kids menu in the window. I'm not sure why we weren't shown it (perhaps it's early days and the staff aren't across all of the cafe's menus) but if we had seen it I would have definitely ordered the boys the banana berry smoothie and watermelon pizza for sure as these are some of their favourite foods. And look there isn't a chicken nugget anywhere on the menu - so well done DDG. I also love the idea that they serve kids a 3 course meal in the hope that may occupy them long enough for their parents to also enjoy a yummy cafe meal for once. Kid's drinks come in disposable cups and if you are after a babycino they are free and come with a baby biscuit.
The main menu has loads of delicious sounding menu items on it and seems to have a real health focus (quinoa, chia, goji feature). Interestingly the breakfast menu is more expensive than the lunch time menu. For breakfast you can be healthy (ish) like us and order the poached eggs on toast ($12), however I did spread the butter on my toasted sourdough because it was Pepe Sayer butter!! And I did sprinkle some salt on my eggs because it was pink and presumably Himalayan, so maybe they weren't so healthy but it all tasted seriously good. Or you can have something more extravagant like the black pudding, apple & radish salsa, fried toast, caramelised pear & a free range poached egg ($18).
At lunch time the menu covers salads, soup and burgers and it ranges in price from $8 - $15. Salads such as a beetroot, Milawa blue cheese, pear, bitter leaves, hazelnuts & a shiraz dressing ($14) are served with a slice of single origin sourdough toast. If you prefer something a bit heartier than go for a fancy burger like the cheeseburger ($15) that comes with dill pickle, Compte aged gruyere, Dijon mustard, tomato confit & lettuce. The burgers also come with a side of shoestring fries.
Parents in Randwick are very lucky to have another awesome kid friendly cafe in their hood! If Duck Duck Goose becomes seriously popular and you can't fit your brood in there, pop around the corner to Cafe 169 x
136 Avoca St, Randwick NSW 2031
Mon - Sat 7am - 4.30pm
Sun: 8am - 3pm