Frankie's Food Factory has recently fired up its coffee machine in Flower Power at Glenhaven, giving a new lease of life, and a complete makeover, to a wondeful space that was in serious need of some TLC. This transformation would have to position Frankie's as a serious contender for the funkiest cafe in the North West of Sydney!
The interior of Frankie's Food Factoy reminds me of a classy farm shed - it has a retro country chic style that appeals seriously to this country gal. Rusted corrugated iron has been pannelled along the walls, there's a hills hoist complete with laundry thrown over it, and an old ute has been backed in as well. The retro style tables and chairs could have come straight out of Nanna's farm kitchen from the 50s, and I love the fruit and veg stall in the middle of the room.
The dining area out near the playground is bright and airy, with hanging baskets and bird cages dangling from the ceiling. The tables have a pot of crayons on them that kids and adults can use to doodle all over the white paper table covers. There's also melamine cups on the table for water if you need it - and you can help yourself to this at the very cute lemonade stand! If you are dining with a pram, there is heaps of space to park it near your table, and high chairs are in abundance. I'm also happy to report that the toilets have had a massive upgrade, and now include a disabled toilet which doubles as a family room, complete with a baby change table.
The playground has a little bit of a facelift too, with a fun new mural dominating the area. The playground is fully enclosed, and is covered in soft spongy stuff, to minimise bumps and grazes. Shoes are to be left outside the gate on the stool provided. And as you can reserve tables, you should ring up and request one close by to this area. Just to let you know, you have to order and pay at the front counter, however if you are paying via the cashless Paypass method, then there is no need to even leave your table, as Frankies is technology savvy and they come to you.
I'm sure your bellies are rumbling by now, so let's move on the food. Little humans have their very own menu that is served all day. The kids Fruit Plate ($12) for breakfast, was a big hit with the lads (it can also come with youghurt +$3). There's also Scrambled Eggs on toast ($8); Vegetti Pasta with cheese sauce ($11); Mini Cheeseburger with chips and dips ($14); Chicken Schnitty with chips ($15) and Fish & Chips ($16). The prices are definitely up there with some of Sydney's more expensive kids menus, that's for sure, so you may want to think about ordering shared kids meals instead which does seem to work with mine sometimes, depending upon their emotional states, and appetites.
For breakfast we sampled the Avo & Fetta Smash with Poached Eggs ($17), which came with pickled onions and was totally yum (but didn't photograph too well), as well as the Chorizo Hotpot ($21) that came with a side of bubble 'n squeak! Now this hot pot was perfect in every way - juicy and spicy with 2 big eggs in the middle. The patty of bubble 'n squeak was tasty, but the murmurings I heard from Mr Munch were very much that some crunchy toast to mop up those delicious pan juices would have been preferred.
Coffee is by Vittoria and it's the first time in my travels that I've seen coffee served in a melamine cup - it's not what I was expecting and the jury is still out on whether or not it should be served this way from my perspective. Large coffees are $5.00, and they are served on a smart looking wooden board - as are babycinos which will cost you $2.00. I'm thinking a marshmallow wouldn't go astray on that board with the babycino. Milkshakes with a sprinkle edge are $7.00, and there is a delicious range of freshly squeezed juices available as well. And if you are dining a little later in the day, you can even have a drinkie poo as they have wine, beer and cider on the menu too!
So my dear Parents you now have another fabulous kid friendly cafe to explore with your brood. And as Frankie's Food Factory is located in a Flower Power Garden Centre (which includes a lovely homewares section) you can pick yourself up some pretties for the garden, as well as a few pretties for the house too x
609 Old Northern Rd, Glenhaven
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 5pm