There aren't too many times when you dine out with kids that you can call the experience relaxing (unless of course you are lucky enough to have a nanny who can sort the kids out for you). However I think once you have dined at the Fig House Coffee House in semi rural Kenthurst, you will feel not only relaxed but at one with nature as this is one delightful cafe located in an even more delightful garden setting.
The Fig Coffee House has only been open for a couple of weeks - Mother Earth Cafe occupied the building previously and its nursery still exists right next to the cafe. The new owners have given the cafe a nip and tuck and also opened up out the back into a gorgeous garden area. The first thing you will notice when you arrive is the water fall cascading over the roof of the cafe into a pond at the front door. There is a decent amount of parking in front of the cafe and pram access is relatively easy (only a couple of short steps to go up). The interior of the cafe is quite rustic and the perfect spot to sit on a rainy day, however if you have kids - you really need to head outside.
There are just so many different places to sit outside amongst the lush garden setting at the Fig Coffee House. When we arrived around 9am we had our pick of tables as there weren't too many other diners (you can also make a reservation). We headed away from everyone else and sat on a table up the back of the garden next to the lamas. Yes there are lamas, not actually in the grounds of the cafe but in the paddock next to it.
There are water features scattered throughout the garden which makes the whole space so peaceful and relaxing. There is plenty of room for children to wander and also enough room to park quite a few prams (hint for your next Mother's Group outing). If your kids have CSI training like mine do, they will spot the kids play area immediately, so I suggest you sit somewhere in eye sight of that. And if you are putting that nanny to good use and have scored some time off from the kids, there are some quiet nooks where you can avoid the noise that will inevitably come from the play area.
The small kids play area is fully enclosed and has little tables and chairs where kidlets can do a spot of colouring in as well as a chalkboard easel. There is a seating area right next to this play area which is the perfect spot to sit you have toddlers who you need to keep a close eye on (you do have to go down a couple of steps to this seating area). And don't worry if your little ones need to piddle they don't need to go behind one of the trees in the garden, as the toilets are right next to the play area. The loos don't contain a baby change table, but there are quite a few private spaces where you can change bub's nappy in the pram.
Now it's time to talk about the food! At the Fig Coffee House the attention to detail in the presentation of the menu is impressive. Take for example the kids milkshakes - they come in a mason jar that has a lid and a red stripy straw and then a baby donut is placed on top - too cute! And don't worry adults, you too receive a wee donut with your shake. Even the babycino is super cute with its sprinkle of 100 and 1000s, oh and it is absolutely FREE!
The kids menu is also worthy of a big thumbs up - at breakfast time kids can munch on an egg on toast ($6); an egg & bacon on toast ($8); or the beautifully presented and very healthy fresh fruit plate with vanilla yoghurt ($8) which my babe hungrily devoured. At lunch time there are 4 options to fill little bellies - cheese on toast ($6); grilled chicken skewers ($8); battered barramundi ($8); or crumbed chicken strips ($8).
My big boy wanted a muffin for breakfast and the choc chip and strawberry muffin of the day was huge! And it was beautifully presented with pretty edible flowers and berries as well as a little puff of fairy floss (which is missing from the photo below because it was quickly snapped up by a jealous younger brother). They make so many delicious baked goods in house at the Fig Coffee House (make sure you check out the cake cabinet inside) and you can even have a devonshire tea. And just in case you were wondering, yes the coffee ($3.50) is excellent - they use di stefano beans and our skim flat whites were perfectly made.
Now children don't deserve all the food fun do they! The adults menu at breakfast time covers typical cafe favourites as well as some other interesting selections. We had the perfectly cooked, good old bacon and eggs ($15) which came with grilled tomato on toast. Now if you prefer something a bit fancier why not try the Sweet Potato Rosti with chorizo, wilted spinach, poached eggs & spiced maple glaze ($19.50) or the Seeded Muesli with quinoa, fresh orange, poached mandarins & vanilla yoghurt & toasted pistachios ($16.50). If you just feel like something light toast and spreads are available and their version of banana bread sounds so good, as it also has figs and walnuts in it and is served with honey butter!
At lunch time the menu does start to verge in the expensive side for a cafe, but then you do have to remember the setting you are in! You can have everything from soup of the day for $10.00 to Moroccan Spiced Lamb Cutlets on a sweet potato rosti with broccolini & sweet tomato chutney for $30.00. When I go back I will definitely be trying out the Salt & Chilli Squid with a rocket, apple, orange & pistachio salad (e $12.50/m $18.50). And something I haven't mentioned yet, is that they offer full table service at the Fig Coffee House, so you don't have to leave your kids whilst you go inside and order.
I think the Fig Coffee House is going to become one of the most popular cafes in the Hills District. Even if you aren't from the area I'm sure if you make a day trip out to Kenthurst you will thoroughly enjoy your time at the Fig Coffee House. It actually is really like a Mother Earth experience - your mind, body and soul will thank you for it - oh and so will the kids I suspect!
1a Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst NSW
Tue - Fri: 9am - 4pm
Sat - Sun: 8.30am - 4.00pm