I took my little mate for a date to Pappa's Nuthouse Cafe one fine morning for coffee and cake. He was right at home because he lives in a nuthouse - I think I can count on one hand the number of sane days we have had in our humble abode since the boys entered our world. The owner has named her cafe after her father's (nut)house that was always full to the brim with loud family members, so you don't have to worry about kidlets being a bit noisy when dining at Pappa's.
When we arrived my little nut spied a playpen full of toys and climbed straight in, and there he played until his morning tea arrived. Ordinarily I would have thought that this area was more suitable for kids younger than my 5 year old, but seeing as we were the only customers I let him stay in there. If you are a parent with young kids this spot is ideal for you as you can plonk your toddlers in the playpen and your bambinos can stay in their pram, as there is loads of space to park them in the cafe. Meanwhile you can sit back, relax and take breather from parenting for a wee while.
Pappa's would also be a great spot to catch up with your Mother's Group. Besides the easy pram access, there is a large table with stools that you could all sit around and have a chat. If you need high chairs they are available. There is a toilet on site (no baby change table) and you can park out the front of the cafe. Combine this with the friendly staff, excellent coffee and quick service and you have the perfect spot to catch up.
They serve Maestros Espresso at Pappa's and it's a brand of coffee that I am unfamiliar with. However I think I need to get more familiar with it as it makes a mighty fine brew! The babycino is nice and cheap at 50 cents and I'm sure your kidlets will love the two big marshmallows that accompany it.
My little nut enjoyed a piece of the home made chocolate brownie with his babycino. Kidlets have their own menu for both breakfast and lunch. To start the day kids can have a scrambled or fried egg on toast for $6.00, or bacon & eggs on toast for $8.50. At lunch time the kids menu includes chicken schnitzel & chips ($8); smoked ham & cheese sandwich ($4.50); or a plain peanut butter/nutella/vegemite sandwich ($4). There are also quite a few thing on the main menu that kids would love to eat as well.
The breakfast menu at Pappa's ranges in price from $4.00 for toast up to $19.50 for the Pappa's brekky (crispy bacon, 2 eggs, gourmet baked beans, sausage, button mushies, & roasted truss tomatoes). I ordered toasted banana bread and it was only after I actually read the menu that I realised I should have had the "Sensational Delight" which is the toasted banana bread with passionfruit butter and caramelised bananas - how good does that sound! Anyway the banana bread tastes as though it is home made and it is far superior than the good old Bob & Pete's variety that you get in most cafes.
At lunch time you can have burgers and baguettes or salads and soups. The salads of the day were being made from scratch when we were there and the Pumpkin & Fetta salad looked delicious. It is full of caramelised walnuts, fresh beetroots, roasted pumpkin, fetta and greens and dressed with a home made chilli, garlic and balsamic dressing. The menu is reasonably priced with the most expensive option being $15.00.
With our bellies full, our coffee date at Pappa's Nuthouse drew to a close. We then had a quick look around the Prospect Shopping Village where the cafe is located. The village includes quite a few medical type places as well as a mini mart, newsagent and bottle shop so you can stock up a few supplies (insert wine) if you need them. The closest playground isn't too far away either in Prospect Park just in case your kidlets need a run in the fresh air.
Do you live in a nuthouse as well Little Munchers? if you and your nuts need some time out perhaps you should head to Prospect and check out Pappa's Nuthouse!
3 Aldgate St, Prospect NSW
02 8678 9510
Open Mon - Fri: 6.30am - 3.00pm
Sat: 8am - 1pm; Sun: closed