How lucky are the commuters of Thornleigh! On one side of the train station they have the cute little Curl the Whisker Cafe that serves up an excellent brew of Campos Coffee and on the other side they have Monday Morning Cafe serving up a brilliant drop of Double Roasters coffee!
We stumbled across Monday Morning Cafe earlier this year when it first opened. Anywhere that serves Double Roasters coffee is a huge draw card for me, so we popped in for breakfast. At the time, the cafe was finding its feet, so we decided to pop back later for a proper review. It actually took us 6 months to pop back!
Monday Morning Cafe is located on a busy road called the Esplanade. There is some parking out the front, but you will also find parking just around the corner or across the street in the Thornleigh Station commuter carpark. The cafe is really pram friendly, so don't be afraid to bring it along. There is seating available outside right in front of the cafe, or there is more seating available down the right side of the cafe. Outside is a great spot to sit with little train spotters, as you can see the trains zooming by across the road. Obviously you need to keep an eye on them as there is no barrier between where you sit and the road. At the front of the cafe there is a gorgeous wooden rocking horse for kids to giddy up on, as well as some other toys for kids to play with around the side.
If the weather is unpleasant you can choose to sit inside, where there are quite a few tables of various sizes. The fit out is quite quirky, with loads of retro recycle items being used to decorate every nook and cranny. High chairs are available, and there is a shelf of toys and colouring for kidlets to play with (including a cool Barbie vespa). There are toilet facilities located at the back of the cafe (that don't contain a baby change table) and they are nicely set up with hand wash and even perfume!
The Double Roasters coffee they brew is seriously good (don't think I've had a bad drop of coffee made by these beans) and it will certainly perk up your Monday morning, or any other morning of the week too. And as the cafe is so close to the train station they open at 6am, which is obviously perfect for commuters as well as bleary eyed parents in need of a caffeine fix! For those of you who don't imbibe in the magic elixir of caffeine, they also have a great selection of drinks available for you to slurp on. Like the Green Mule and Oreo Chiller for example! The Green Mule is full of all the green things in life that are good for you, and the Oreo Chiller is full of all sorts of decadent things in life that aren't good for you.
Now there isn't a specific menu for our little people, but there are still quite a few options for them to eat. The front counter is heaving with muffins, pastries and other sweet treats, or they can simply just have some toast with vegemite to start their day. The staff are super sweet, so I'm sure if you asked them to make you a vegemite sandwich at lunch time, they would also happily oblige.
On our most recent visit I shared the Mini Wagyu Burgers ($17) with my little man for lunch. These are mini versions of the traditional Aussie burger, served on little brioche buns. On the side were "special chips" which were delicious chunks of baby fried baby potatoes. To whet your appetite further, the other lunch time items include a Chicken & Avocado Salad; Grilled Dory Fillet with Warm Potato Salad; a Chicken or Wagyu Burger; and lastly Linguine tossed with Wild Rocket, Olives and Seared Tiger Prawns. The lunch menu is priced from $15 - $19.
The all day breakfast menu is more expansive, and you can have everything from the traditional Eggs on Toast or a Bacon & Egg Roll, to delicious sounding French Toast with Pear & Seasonal Fruits, yoghurt, toasted hazelnuts and maple syrup. The brekkie menu will set you back between $10 - $19.50, depending on how extravagant your taste buds are.
Whether you are a commuter or just a parent who is in need of a coffee and chillax, I think you are going to like the Monday Morning Cafe every day of the week. The coffee is superior, service is friendly and the food is very tasty indeed.
86 The Esplanade, Thornleigh NSW
02 9484 2554
Open 7 days: 6am - 4pm