Can you ever justify giving your child ice cream and milo for breakfast?
Health experts would say no, as probably would most sensible people and my own Mumma would most definitely say NO. But I say stuff sense and sensibility. I am on a mission to find the friendliest of child friendly cafes in Sydney for you dear parents. Therefore in the name of research I think it is absolutely fine to give your child a Milo Explosion for breakfast!
A Milo Explosion is merely one of the most delicious sounding items on the menu at Element6 in West Ryde. To be honest with you, I had never been to West Ryde before today - well I've driven through it quite often when I've been using Victoria Rd to access the city, but I have never physically stopped to have a look around. Now West Ryde doesn't have many redeeming features - except for obviously Element6. This cafe is situated on a quiet street opposite the commuter car park for West Ryde train station. It is like a diamond in the rough.
Element 6 is retro, it's hip, it's cool and it serves some very decent breakfast food indeed. You can choose to sit inside or out, on an eclectic assortment of chairs and tables. We hogged the big communal table inside as it was still early and not too busy in the cafe. But be warned this cafe has a serious local following so if you don't arrive early you may have to wait for a table. (Since we reviewed the cafe Element6 have extended their premises out the back so there are quite a few more tables now available).
Our little family was given such a warm welcome by the staff at Element6 - no pretentious waiters here like in some hipster joints throughout this city. You order and pay at the counter and whilst you are waiting for your tucker (which was served very quickly) you can check out all of the art work and bits and bobs that decorate the space. As Element6 is situated across from the train line, every now and than a train will zoom pass, which delighted our little men no end. Besides the trains, there are also some games located in the front corner of the cafe to entertain your kidlets.
You actually don't need too much entertainment for your little ones, especially if you order them a Milo Explosion ($4.00)! As we eat out regularly, my 4 year old has become accustomed to looking at menus and asking me to read them to him (I see it as my attempt to teach him to read). So we came to the drinks menu and he saw the word MILO (which he has seen on the tin at home) and he knew exactly what it was. So I said sure, without really looking at what it was - I just presumed it would be Milo and Milk - and like so many others of you out there, I thought that was ok at breakfast time. It wasn't until the explosion arrived at the table that I fully comprehended what a Milo Explosion was: 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream smothered in milo, with a wee bit of milk in the bottom and served in a cute old jam jar.
So I know the nutritional value of a Milo Explosion at breakfast time is probably zero (despite what Nestle try to tell you) and I'm sure my Mumma is probably rolling her eyes as she reads this post BUT my beautiful little babes sat happily throughout our whole breakfast munching away on their explosions and not disturbing their parents or anyone else for that matter!
Anyway enough of trying to justify myself to you all. The rest of the menu at Element6 gets the big thumbs up for breakfast. Element6 bake their own muffins in house and they were sublime. Today's choices were either raspberry and white chocolate or butterscotch and date. If you are there first thing in the morning, they will still be warm and will melt in your mouth.
Their "Chubby Egg and Bacon Rolls" will definitely make you feel chubby afterwards as they are serious comfort food. Instead of the usual BBQ sauce that you get on so many egg and bacon rolls, Element6 serve theirs with a delicious pumpkin relish. ($9.00). And their poached eggs on toast is generous in size and comes with a yummy roast tomato and rocket.
Kid's toasties are available all day for $5.00. You can choose between the bumblebee (cheese & vegemite), fried egg or cheese and tomato relish. And of course there are the explosions, babycinos, juices and smoothies. So your little ones are very well catered for.
I just need to reiterate here about how friendly the staff are at Element6. We and our little dudes were made to feel oh so welcome. I think this is how hip cafes operate in the suburbs. Awesome venue, awesome food and awesome attitudes. In other words why does one need to go to those so called trendy inner city haunts when one can get such a magnificent experience closer to home?
Now as I had allowed my children to have ice cream and milo for breakfast I decided that they needed to burn off some of those empty calories. Luckily just around the corner from Element6 is ANZAC park. This is a lovely local park with a decent playground. The little bulls ran and chased cockatoos and climbed and generally did what all little kids do - have fun. Mr Munch and I sipped our fantastic take way coffees from Element6 and watched the locals partake in their early morning Tai Chi x
65 Ryedale Rd West Ryde NSW 2114
Mon - Fri : 6.30am - 3.00pm
Sat: 7.00am - 3.00pm
Sun: 8.00am - 3.00pm