Mother's Day is probably one of the busiest days of the year for cafes. As such when you choose to dine out on this very important day of celebration, it's a bit like Russian roulette. If you look at review sites such as Urbanspoon the day after, it will be littered with complaints from disgruntled customers about how poor service was, the food was cold or overpriced, etc etc. However I am happy to report that the team at Jasmine Greens Kiosk in Umina performed exceptionally this past Mother's Day and I feel so lucky that my boys were kind enough to take me there for breakfast as it was the perfect start to my day.
Jasmine Greens Kiosk is in the awesome Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach on the Central Coast, just north of Sydney. The kiosk/cafe is located smack bang next to a playground. Brightly coloured furniture surrounds the hole in the wall "kiosk" from which you can grab takeaways and light meals. If you keep walking down past the kiosk you will walk into the spacious cafe. The cafe is enclosed by glass sliding doors that offer a reasonable view of the playground. If you have older kids or lean towards free range parenting, there will be no issue with letting your kids go scampering off into the playground whilst you eat. However if you have little ones you may be best getting takeaways from the kiosk and eating outside or otherwise you can restrain your kids in one of the high chairs provided in the cafe. There is also a decent amount of room for prams inside, so you can easily park your pram right next to your table.
I had made a booking quite a few weeks in advance for our Mother's Day breakfast (Mumma's if you don't want to be disappointed on your special days, just organise them yourself and make the other half pay! Just do it I say, and it will happen!). I had been advised that there would be a special menu for the day and the main feature would be the champagne breakfast for $25. As soon as I sat down a glass of champers and OJ was placed in front of me, they had used Chandon bubbles and freshly squeezed orange juice and this went down a treat!
To accompany my bubbles I could choose either blueberry pancakes with french vanilla yoghurt & maple syrup or poached free range eggs & Tasmanian smoked salmon with ricotta, lemon & caperberries on Brasserie Bread toasted sourdough. I went with the later and it was absolutely superb. As you know I eat out too much for breakfast and I can safely say that this was the best breakfast I have had in a very long time. There was nothing that I could fault about it. The Mumma next me had the pancakes and they looked and smelt amazing as well.
The other amazing meal was Mr Munch's bacon & eggs ($14). (If diners didn't want to partake in the champagne breakfast they could choose from a limited choice off the usual menu). The bacon was both free range and nitrate free, as well as hand smoked and it was cooked to perfection. On the side of the dish was a cute wee pot of tasty tomato relish and those eggs - they were gleaming orange when cracked open.
Kidlets were able to order bacon & egg rolls, banana bread or freshly baked muffins for breakfast. The boys had a fresh home baked muffin each (which I think may have been freshly baked the day before) and a hot chocolate. To be honest the boys were too busy in the playground to worry about filling their little bellies, as your babes will probably be too. From the kiosk at lunch time you can grab your babes a simple sandwich, a home made sausage roll, a salad box or some hot chips. The kiosk also caters for kids parties in the park, so if you live close by or are on holidays in Umina when your children have a birthday, you can call them to arrange a shindig.
After breakfast we grabbed takeaway coffees from the kiosk to spend some time in the playground with the boys. They use Mecca beans at Jasmine Greens and they brew it perfectly. So even if you don't dine in at the cafe do yourself a favour and grab a takeaway because you are bound to spend quite a while hanging around the playground if you have kids.
I think children of all ages will love the playground. Little ones can be secured inside the pirate ship play area that has climbing, balancing and slide equipment as well as a huge sand pit. Next to this is a sensory garden where kids can smell and touch plants as well as yell to each other though colourful pipes and pick up a few thousand germs at the same time. Then you have a small rock climbing wall, flying fox, swings, a huge climbing frame and lastly there is a skate park. If you combine all of these elements with loads of green space to run and kick a ball, you have the perfect park in my opinion. Oh and I forgot to mention that if you have eaten over your daily calorie limit at the Jasmine Greens Park Kiosk, you can burn some of them off on the exercise equipment that is around the edge of the playground!
If you don't fancy making a day trip to Umina, you can always stay at the NRMA Ocean Beach Resort which is just down the road (like in walking distance), from the Jasmine Greens Kiosk. This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a getaway from Sydney that will only take you about an hour to drive to. We stayed there a couple of years ago and had a great time - it's right on the beach and has loads of activities to keep kids occupied.
How was your Mother's Day Little Munch Mummas? Did you go to somewhere absolutely fabulous that was also kid friendly? Did you book it yourself ;)
Sydney Ave, Umina Beach NSW
02 4344 5398
Kiosk open 7 days 8am - 4pm
Cafe open Wed - Sun 8am - 3pm