We travel along the nightmare that is Pennant Hills Road quite often when we are coming and going from Sydney. Recently when we were coming back from holidays, we were stuck in absolute gridlock, so we decided to take a detour onto Normanhurst Road. This turned out to be an act of pure brilliance, as when we got to the end of the road we discovered the Normanhurst Shops (in Denman Parade), and our latest Little Munch find - the delightful No. 38 Cafe!
No. 38 has only had its coffee machine fired up for a few months. It is open 7 days a week from 7am during the week, and from 8am on weekends - so it is the perfect place to grab a caffeine fix when your little mud larks wake. When you arrive, it should be quite easy to find a car space on the street out the front of the shops where the cafe is. There are some tables and chairs outside of No.38 Cafe, but the interior of the cafe is lovely, so I suggest you sit in there. Just a word of warning for those of you with prams, there are a few steps to be negotiated to get into the room where the indoor seating is located.
The interior of the No. 38 Cafe is what I would call stylish simplicity. An on trend colour scheme of copper and muted blues is throughout the space and a big mural of the number 38 dominates one of the walls. There are tables of all sizes and shapes, as well as some lovely lounges to relax in. If you are able to get your pram into the interior, there is enough room to park it next to where you sit, or you can use one of the available high chairs if your bub is old enough.
Some other aspects of this cafe that I love are the handbag hooks on the tables so that your bag is in reaching distance when you quickly need to rip out the baby wipes (and yes fist time parents, you keep using them until your kids are practically teenagers!); the little library nook where you can pick up a book and then sit back in a comfy lounge and have a quick read (actually that probably won't happen if you have the kids with you); and last, but not least, the roll of butchers paper and colouring pencils that you can help yourself too, so that the kids have something to do whilst you enjoy your brew. You will find these in the little room on the way to the loos. Oh and the unisex toilet facilities are quite fabulous (however they don't contain a baby change table). The wash basin and tap handles are amazing - I want them in Chez Little Munch!
OK lets move on now to the all important coffee. It is excellent. They use Gabriel beans and our flat whites were perfectly brewed. Small coffees are $3.50 and it's an extra dollar for a large. And for non coffee drinkers, I noticed that you can even get a pot of hot water and lemon for $2.00 - something you don't see on too many menus. The boys had a hot chocolate and apple juice and they also serve up mini milkshakes and smoothies for kids ($4), and of course there are babycinos available and they will cost you $1.50.
There is a decent menu for kidlets for both breakfast and lunch. To start the day little ones can have Toast Fingers ($4) with peanut butter, vegemite, jam or smashed avo; Banana Bread ($4); Ham & Cheese or Bacon & Cheese Sliders for $4.50 each; Sausages & Egg ($7); Mini Waffles ($7) served with banana & berries or with maple syrup. At lunch time the menu is $8.50 and kids can choose between Chicken/Fish Goujons with chips or Chicken/Beef sliders with chips.
Our little lads actually chose something from the front counter for their breakfast - pain au chocolate and a cherry danish. There are also freshly baked muffins available as well as a delicious selection of sweet treats that would be perfect with a morning coffee. I'm sure your babes will clock the cute looking cupcakes and cookies when they walk past!
The breakfast menu for adults ranges in price from $11.00 - $22.00. We thoroughly recommend the Signature Avocado (smashed avo with mint, za'atar, rocket, roast tomato & poached eggs) as well as the Breakfast Burger (bacon, egg, Swiss cheese, tomato, English spinach & relish on a milk bun). At lunch time soup, burgers, delicious sounding salads, as well as a daily selection of sandwiches and baguettes are available, with prices starting at $7.50.
When you have finished at No. 38 grab a takeaway and head down the road to Davidson Park where there is a playground for the kids to play in - you can even do some train spotting as the park is right next to the northern train line.
So Little Munchers, next time you find yourself battling the traffic gridlock that is Pennant Hills Rd, I thoroughly recommend you take a little detour off into Normanhurst Rd so that you end up at the delightful No. 38 Cafe.
38 Denman Pde, Normanhurst NSW
Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm
Sat - Sun: 8am - 3pm