On ANZAC Day this year we decided to take the boys for a wander around Middle Head to show them the old fortifications (and I also wanted to check out Frenchys cafe that was located in the same area). Frenchys (and yes it is a French cafe) is located in an old weatherboard house right next to the decent sized car park, just off Middle Head Rd. At Frenchys you can sit inside or outside in the sun and take in the lovely surrounds. There are some toys for kidlets to play with and plenty of green grass for them to run around on. However my advice is to grab a toy and sit inside so that the staff can see you, because in our experience, the staff are a little inexperienced.
We started off outside on a picnic table near the toys with all the other families. We wrapped ourselves in the blankets provided by the cafe. We weren't really sure how the ordering process worked so I asked another diner, who kindly gave us their menu and told us to go inside and order. Mr Munch set off with our brunch order and I didn't see him again for another 15 minutes. I thought he must have had a call of nature, but oh no there were issues with ordering and he advised that he had concerns with the service and it might be wiser if we sat inside so that we could be seen.
And he was right because, Mon Dieu, the service at Frenchys on the day we visited was bad. I'm hoping it was only because it was a public holiday and that the thoroughly disorganised staff were out of their depth, because I don't think a business could survive if this happened every day. The staff were friendly, French, quite young and there were loads of them. However there didn't seem to be anyone in charge and as result orders were lost, meals were delivered to incorrect tables, lattes were made instead of mochas and they had quite a few grumpy guests in a tizz! It was a smart move moving inside, because the staff could see that we had been waiting a tad too long for our coffees and also that Mr Munch's brunch was lost in translation!
The interior of Frenchys is small in size and decorated with pretty French curios and artworks and mismatched tables and chairs - it has a very homely feel to it. From our table we could see the petite kitchen, so this to may have had added to the delay in the orders hitting customer's tables. If you arrive at Frenchys with a pram you are best to sit outside where there is loads of space to manoeuvre and park it. If you need them, high chairs are readily available and toilets are also on site, so quite a few of teh Little Munch boxes are ticked.
Little Ones have their very own menu at Frenchys and luckily we ordered the boys something that didn't require any cooking in the cafe's kitchen - the chocolate croissant. They was delivered quickly as were their chocolate milkshakes that were served in disposable cups. Babycinos are also available, as are hot chocolates and loads of juices and soft drinks can be chosen from the drinks fridge. If you want table water, there is a self service water station just at the front entrance to the cafe.
I also ordered something that required very little preparation - the toasted muesli. It too was delivered quickly and it was delicious. A big bowl of crunchy muesli was smothered in natural yoghurt, honey and slow cooked apricots. However the order for Mr Munch's eggs benny didn't make the kitchen. Seeing my darling husband's displeasure after all our meals had been delivered, one of the staff bought him a complimentary croissant and politely inquired what it was that he actually ordered so that he could get the kitchen to whip it up tout suite!
When the benny finally arrived it was wolfed down so quickly that I din't get a chance to take a photo and it did get the lick of approval from Mr Munch. Other breakfast menu items include French favourites such ham & cheese croissants, tartines and crepes. Apparently the house speciality is the ham & cheese Napoleon - it's like a little baked nest of ham and eggs and they were selling like hotcakes on the morning we dined. At lunch time baguettes, croque monsieur, French onion soup, quiche and yummy sounding salads are all available and cost between $13 - $28.
After your meal go for a wander around the grounds. There are some great sculptures, as well as the fortifications to see. If you have no clue about the history check out this website for more information. There are some fantastic bushwalks around the head as well as very scenic lookouts, so if you combine all of this with a visit to Frenchys, you can spend a good half a day here.
Frenchys is a very nice cafe and it is very child friendly. It's just a shame the service was such a shemozzle on the day we visited. The food is delicious and the location is just lovely, so perhaps just don't visit on a public holiday x
1100 Middle Head Rd, Mosman NSW
Open 7 day for breakfast & lunch from 7.30am