The Little Munch family love getting out and exploring all of Sydney. Most weekends we try to visit a suburb that we haven't been to before - it's kind of like having a holiday in your own backyard. The latest suburb to be Little Munched is Mount Druitt. This suburb has been in the press quite a bit lately and to be honest the press hasn't been that great. However we've discovered an awesome cafe in the 'hood, that might just show Mount Druitt in a different light. Little Munchers, let me introduce you to Espresso Warriors.
Espresso Warriors is one of an emerging chain of cafes that are starting to open up in shopping centres in western Sydney. The Mount Druitt cafe is located in the Westfield Shopping Centre. It's a large and spacious cafe that has a really funky fit out. Because of the space it is easy to access with prams and you could definitely meet up with your mother's group here. There are high chairs available and if you need the toilets, they are practically next door and include a baby change table in the parents room.
We rocked up for a late breakfast on a Saturday morning. We were immediately greeted by a couple of the young and super friendly staff. Service was attentive at all times and the staff also made the boys feel very welcome. Even though the cafe was full, our meals were served really quickly which is always a bonus when dining out with kids. As soon as a table became vacant it was nabbed by a new set of diners - I'm thinking this is one very popular cafe in Mount Druitt.
The boys had eaten their weetbix at some ungodly hour so they were craving something sweet - and boy was it sweet! The choc mint slice probably had their weekly sugar intake with it and would make Sarah Wilson quiver in her boots. The 3 layered slice starts with a dense biscuit base, then it is topped with a thick mint cream and the final layer is rich dark chocolate. In hind sight I should have made them share a slice as they were on sugar highs for the rest of the day! If you would prefer that your kids eat something healthier there are quite a few options on the menu for them.
Mr Munch and I went for healthier options, "Eggs Your Way" ($8.50) and "Smashed Avocado" ($11) for me. The poached eggs were perfectly poached and came with a small pot of yummy relish and 3 pieces of crunchy sourdough. The avo smash was pretty darn good, not the best I've had but still an 8/10. It was topped with crumbled fetta, diced tomato & red onion and some dukkah was sprinkled all over it. Some other items on the all day breakfast menu are the Acai Warrior Bowl (I'm yet to try that trend, it's the colour that turns me off); and a Haloumi Stack ($14) - house made zucchini & corn fritters, stacked with smashed avo, tomato, grilled haloumi, lemon, rocket & tomato relish.
Now you would hope with a name like Espresso Warriors that their coffee would be good - and it is. Just like a warrior the coffee is strong and robust (hopefully that doesn't make sound like a coffee snob). They serve their very own blend and on the day we dined it was a single origin from Papua New Guinea. You can also purchase a bag of the beans to take home. Their babycino costs $1.50 and comes with two marshmallows - bonus!
Make sure you pack some activities for the kids as their isn't anything for them to do. However on the back of the menu there is a "Useless Facts" sheet to keep you smiling whilst your order is perfected. For example did you know that oysters can change genders back & forth? (I'm thinking life would have been easier for Bruce Jenner if he was born an oyster;).
After dining at Espresso Warriors you can take a wander around the Westfield. It's big and spacious, there's loads of parking and quite a few interesting shops. My favourite finds were the cheap as chips QBD Bookstore; the Fresh Farms Market that sells excellent quality and super cheap fruit and veg; and the Continental Mart - their olives are amazing.
How often do you explore a new suburb Little Munchers? Discovered any little gems lately?
Lvl 1, Westfield Mount Druitt
Cnr Carlisle & Luxford Rd, Mount Druitt NSW
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am - 5pm; Thu: 9am - 9pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun 10am - 5pm
Tel: 0401 939 175