In an attempt to locate kid friendly cafes in the A-Z suburbs of Sydney, we needed to complete a U suburb. And Sydney only has one - Ultimo! Now Ultimo doesn't have many cafes that look family friendly, but after a bit of research we found a gorgeous and very trendy cafe that is across the road from a playground. So off we went to take a closer look, to see how many of the Little Munch boxes it ticked.
The Local Mbassy occupies a corner location on busy Wattle St in Ultimo. It's one seriously cool cafe, totally fitted out in the industrial chic style. There is both indoor and outdoor seating - those of you with prams are probably best to sit outside as there is more space, but there is still room inside to park one or two prams too. If you are dining with little sprinters, make sure you keep an eye on them as the cafe opens right onto the road - high chairs are available if you need to restrain them. There is a loo inside in case you need it, but it doesn't have a baby change table. And lastly the staff are brilliant - besides being very welcoming of families, they are also incredibly efficient and I'd go as far as to say, some of the best we have encountered in Sydney of late or to date!
The Local Mbassy is normally crowded with gorgeous young instagrammers who want to photograph some of the amazing delights that come out of the Local Mbassy's kitchen. However on the morning we dined they must have all still been tucked up in bed, as the place was fairly quiet. The cafe opens at 7am during the week and from 8am on weekends, so it's perfect for families who are up and at em early.
Now all of those instagrammers hang out at the Local Mbassy to snap pictures of their signature Red Velvet Pancakes - this is one very decadent looking breakfast/brunch dish that comes with berries, pistachios and cream. We didn't try these nor did we try their brand new Cherry Ripe Pancakes, even though the boys were begging us to let them munch them down! Instead we let them try out the freshly baked cronuts which were pretty darn fine. And the expert barista at Local Mbassy makes one very cute babycino too! So the boys scored very well for first thing in the morning.
Now whilst there isn't a specific kids menu, there are quite a few things available that will satisfy the rumbling bellies of little humans - e.g. fresh fruit salad, French toast and scrambled eggs. Some other interesting more adult like items on the brekkie menu are the Smashed Avo with Prawns with Poached Eggs & Cherry Toms (Mr Munch's choice); and the Toasted Muesli with Earl Grey Soaked Prunes that comes with yoghurt and coconut (my choice). Both dishes were freakin delicious, as was the Campos coffee!
After your visit to the Local Mbassy head across the road and check out the playground in Wentworth Park. It has very decent equipment for big and little people. It's not fenced, but it is set away from the road. There's a sun shade and the ground is nice and spongy. Or another fun thing to do, is to walk down the end of the street and visit the Sydney Fish Market. The boys love visiting there to check out out all of the weird looking fishies from the deep blue yonder!
Just to let you know, there is limited parking available on Wattle Street near the cafe, so I suggest you park in Wentworth Park Rd where you will find quite a few spots - it's an easy walk to the cafe from here. If you want to catch public transport, you can jump on a bus (M30, 436, 422), or if you are feeling fit you can walk down from Central Station (20 mins).
So my dear Little Munchers, I'm so very glad we checked out the scrumptious Local Mbassy for our Ultimo review. Whilst it doesn't tick every single kid friendly box, it more than makes up for it with the quality of the dining experience x
310 Wattle St, Ultimo NSW 2007
02 8084 3467
Mon - Fri: 7am - 4.30pm
Sat: 8am - 4.30pm
Sun: 8.30am - 4.30pm