When it comes to household management, I'm pretty useless. We are constantly running out of milk and bread, and I always forget to defrost the chook for dinner. My patient husband continually shakes his head in disbelief that the woman he married has no household management skills in any shape or form. So when an IGA opened up, less than a 3 minute walk from our house (and it also just happened to serve Campos coffee), it was as if the hubster had conspired with the Gods to ensure that there was always going to be food in our cupboards.
When Mint Fresh first swung open its doors it was basically a small supermarket with an excellent deli and fruit & veg section. They also had a coffee machine where customers could grab an expertly brewed Campos coffee to go, after they had finished their shopping. But then we the customers, started asking for snacks to go with our coffee and the charming owners obliged. And now those snacks have evolved into full on, sit down, cafe meals!
So sometimes you might find us there at day break (the cafe now opens at 7am) because I figure if there isn't any milk at home for my morning coffee, I can just go down there and get a barista brewed one! The boys don't mind coming along either, as there is a blackboard to keep them occupied whilst I drink my beloved brew. And if I'm feeling like a particularly #badmom, I can order them some fairy bread or nutella soldiers for breakfast whilst we are there (please don't tell the parenting police).
Some other choices on the kids menu include choc chip pancakes (we haven't tried those yet) and scrambled eggs on toast. And at lunch time there are jurassic nuggets & chippies and a cheeseburger. The kids menu ranges in price from $6.00 - $9.00 and it can be washed down with table water, babycinos, freshly squeezed juices, milo & milk or milkshakes.
My favourite dish from the breakfast menu is the avocado on toast. The sourdough bread is courtesy of Brasserie Bread (you can buy a selection of their breads from the supermarket section as well) and it is topped with mashed avo, tomato, fetta andd zaatar - I personally don't think you can have a better way to start the day. And my second favourite is the lovely looking muesli with yoghurt and fresh fruit - this huge bowl of deliciousness will keep you full for most of the day.
The frustrated husband likes to go for the eggs on toast with a side of bacon, as the eggs are poached to perfection and you receive a generous serve of bacon as well. On the side is a tasty little tomato and radish salad with a magnificant vinigarette. There are also 3 different types of bacon & egg rolls as well as ricotta pancakes, muesli, and healthy sounding options for the gym junkies amongst you. Actually the menu is marked to show which menu items are gluten free, dairy free and healthy heart options!
At lunch time you can have everything from a deli roll or a deli salad, to a calorific cheeseburger dripping with goodness. The lunch menu is very reasonable in comparison to a lot of cafes in the Hills District, it ranges in price from $9.00 - $17.00. The deli rolls are a great choice for a quick meal and can be ordered for takeaway, as can most of the meals from the cafe.
The one dish that you all must try from the current menu is the the prawn salad. It not only looks exquisite, but it tastes sublime, and it costs only $14.00. The base is a mixture of Israeli cous cous, grapefruit, almonds and asparagus, then it is topped with perfectly cooked prawns, edible flowers, microherbs and a zesty dressing. This my friends is the best dish I've eaten at lunch time EVER!
If you are just after a coffee and a sweet treat, Mint Fresh stock a delcious range of naughties from Dolcettini in Dural and gourmet baker Georgie Baker. I quite often see gorgeous young Mummas sitting around with their besties doing coffee and cake when I'm running in for some grocery item I've forgotten yet again. You can access the cafe easily with your pram (use the ramp near the hairdressers next to Mint Fresh), and my advice is to sit at one of the tables along the verandah - the tables right in front of the main doors can be hard to navigate with a pram, especially if the cafe is packed. High chairs are in abundance and if you need to use the loo, they are downstairs in the carpark.
Before you leave make sure your check out the supermarket. The have a fantastic range of cheeses and meats in the deli - and they let you try before you buy! The fruit and veg section is really cheap, as are their fresh flowers. There's also an interesting selection of gourmet foods as well as your standard grocery items..... that reminds me I need to pop down there now, and grab something for dinner!
Shop 1, 30 - 32 Arthur St, Baulkham Hills
02 9686 7064
Open 7 days
Cafe from 7am - 4pm
Store from 8am - 8pm