Every now and then we play "Pin the tail on Sydney". We blind fold one of the boys and spin them around a couple of times and then where ever the "tail" ends up on a map of Sydney, that is where we are going for our next review! In our last game it landed on Cabarita. Now Cabarita has quite a few places to eat, but we wanted to check out the most kid friendly. So after a bit of deep dark cyber research, we found a hidden gem called Sanders Kiosk. This little place is in the d'Albora Marina at the end of beautiful Cabarita Park - literally on the banks of the Parramatta River. It shares its space with the more upmarket Vela Dining & Bar (which looks like an ideal venue for a special family meal).
When visiting Sanders Kiosk, you will find parking available both in Cabarita Park and also close to the kiosk, but you do need to be aware that this is one very popular spot on weekends, so we advise arriving early. The kiosk and its dining area is very pram friendly and there is also space for little ones to wander around. You can sit right in front of the kiosk or there is also seating to the side, in front of where the Vela Bar is. This is a great spot to sit, as you can see the river cats zooming by right in front of you. You order and pay at the front counter and the morning we dined the service was really quick and friendly. Now I didn't spy any high chairs when we visited but they may have been hidden somewhere out of sight. And if you need the facilities, they can be found just inside the restaurant or there are also toilets in the park.
The menu at Sanders Kiosk is definitely a lot more substantial than you will find on other kiosk menus in Sydney. For a start, they serve up Sydney's best value bacon and eggs. The dish is huge and only costs $12! You can choose how you would like your eggs done and it is served with loads of bacon, chunky toast, tomato and rocket. Other items on the simple brekkie menu are a bacon & egg roll, banana bread, toast with condiments, muffins (which the boys ate), ham & cheese croissants, as well as fruit salad and yoghurt. So hopefully most members of your brood should find something to eat from this list.
At lunch time you can have everything from fish & chips to toasted panini & tortillas, as well as an assortment of burgers and more heartier meals. There are also Patchett pies and sausage rolls as well as a kids nuggets and chips ($7.50). Being a kiosk ice creams, soft drinks and other snacks are also available in case you want to grab something to take up to the park rather than sitting down at the kiosk. The coffee is really good too and would go perfectly with one of the freshly baked muffins that you will find sitting on the front counter. If you would like some catering done for your boat or even for a picnic in the park, if you ring ahead the staff will organise this for you.
After your meal, it's time to hit the pretty cool playground in Cabarita Park. I suggest that you might need to grab a takeaway, as kids of all ages will love the massive (and very clean) sandpit, all of the climbing frames, the swings, the slides, the whirly gigs and more - so you will definitely spend quite a bit of time here. You can also bring the scooters and bikes as there is a nice even path for kids to ride around too, as well as loads of green space to kick ball or fly a kite. The playground is a 5 minute walk from the kiosk. Lastly, the Cabarita Pool is also in the park so if it's a stinking hot day you can always pop in there for a dip!
So my dear Little Munchers, I think we will play pin the tail on Sydney more often, especially after the success of Cabarita. Why don't you give it a go too - who knows where you might end up!
p.s. I've been advised by Little Munch readers that you can also catch the ferry to Cabarita and then walk to both the playground and Sanders Kiosk - sounds like a fun day out!! Check ferry times here.
d'Albora Marina, Cabarita Park
Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm
Sat - Sun: 8.30am - 4pm