Last week I saw a photo of my cousins and their gorgeous little brood having breakfast at a very cool place in Randwick on FB. I saw high chairs, I saw happy little faces, I saw colouring sheets and crayons, I saw kids size milkshakes and I saw red and loads of it. They were at the Four Frogs Creperie in Randwick and I knew it needed to be on the pages of Little Munch. So last night en route to drop Mr Munch off at the airport we stopped in for an early dinner.
The original Four Frogs is in Mosman. Its doors were opened in 2012 by 4 Frenchmen (the four frogs). Basically they arrived in Sydney, loved it and didn't want to leave it, but they couldn't find a decent crepe anywhere. So they opened their own cafe. With the success of the Mosman cafe they decided to go across the bridge and open another cafe in Randwick (fingers crossed that they also decide to maybe one day come north west). Since being in Australia the four frogs also spawned and have 9 little tadpoles between them, so they understand the demands of eating out with kids and hence why their creperies are just so child friendly.
As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the most delightful French staff - with our boys in the hood receiving special attention (they have a thing about wearing their hoodies all the bleeping time which drives me nuts). We were seated at our table and "Little Froggy" menus, that are also colouring sheets, were bought immediately to the table along with a pot of crayons. The boys sat happily colouring in until their meals arrived. There are 3 savoury Galettes on the kids menu (ham & cheese; ham, cheese & egg; bacon, cheese & egg) that cost either $7.50 or $8.50. The sweet crepes on the kids menu are all $5.00 and come with toppings such as butter & sugar, strawberry jam, nutella, salted caramel or maple syrup. The boys had nutella crepes and I'm not going to go into the story as to why my children had nutella crepes for dinner, let's just say it was a complete parental failure on my part. The boys from the hood have never had a crepe before and were quite suspicious when they appeared on the table, but let me tell you they were wolfed down and they then wanted to share ours.
The adults menu bamboozled me a wee bit - there was so much choice and it all just sounded so delicious. I should point out that a galette is a savoury crepe that is made from buckwheat. Now buckwheat is a grain and not at all related to wheat, so for anyone who suffers from gluten intolerance, you can go forth and gorge yourself on galettes (as long as the filling is obviously gluten free as well). For example you could have had the delicious spinach and fetta galette that I had for dinner - so simple and so delicious - and if I do say so quite healthy and at $10.00 quite reasonably priced too! Just to let you know they mill their own buckwheat inhouse and every galette (and crepe) is made to order - you cannot get much fresher than that!
The galettes are whisper thin and crispy. You can have fairly plain fillings like I had or go all out and have smoked duck spring onion swiss cheese and hoisin sauce ($18). Mr Munch devoured his chicken, brie swiss cheese and avocado galette ($16) and declared he needed to road test a sweet crepe to see if it was just as good. Now the crepes do contain flour so if you are coeliac advise the helpful wait staff to see what they can concoct for you. As I had been so healthy with my savoury choice I decided to splurge a wee bit with my dessert.
I chose the white chocolate ice cream, salted caramel and grilled almond crepe ($12) and it is pure wickedness. I think it is one of the most sublime things I have eaten in a long time. Mr Munch chose the basic, yet still very delicious, butter, sugar and lemon crepe ($7.50). You can choose between a "la simple" or "la double" and let me tell you the single la simple portion is enough to feed a family of four!!
Four Frog's opening hours are very family friendly. It's the perfect spot for breakfast for a family. From Thursday - Sunday they open from 7am. Besides having a yummy galette or crepe, your little ones as well as yourself, can have one of their freshly baked pain au chocolat or croissants. So if you want to be oh so very French and oh so chic, why not dip your croissant into your coffee or hot chocolate? Monday - Wednesday, they open from 11am so you can have an early lunch 7 days a week, likewise with dinner you can eat out with your brood at 5pm like we did or even earlier if you want to avoid the witching hour. If you are dining during the witching hour and you need fortifying, Mummas make sure you treat yourself to a glass of Mumm ($11) because after all, it was named after us wasn't it?
The Randwick cafe has high chairs and also toilets. The toilets are upstairs and don't have a baby change table. The cafe isn't exactly pram friendly, probably more suited to a compact stroller. If you do have a beast of a pram maybe score an outside table. When we arrived, the cafe was fairly quiet but by the time we left it was full down stairs. Don't worry if you arrive and see this, as there is an additional dining room upstairs.
I haven't really mentioned much about the interior design - let's just say say it's very cool, very French and very red! The Randwick cafe is located in the busy dining precinct of The Spot and it is directly opposite from The Ritz Cinema - so it's the perfect place to take the family before or after a movie. I think the very child friendly Four Frogs Creperie is going to become a regular stop off for us on our frequent trips to the airport, so we might see you there!
Bon appetit mes cher parents x
30 St Pauls St, Randwick NSW 2031
02 9398 3818
Mon - Wed: 11am - 9pm
Thu - Sat: 7am - 10.30pm
Sun: 7am - 9pm