On big event days such as Father's Day, I sometimes think it is best to avoid eating out, as cafes, restaurants etc. normally put their prices up. They are also full to the brim with customers which can result in poor service if the venue is not organised. So it was with some trepidation that I booked breakfast on Father's Day at Sassafras Creek for our little family. Compounding my trepidation was the fact that new management had only recently taken over the cafe. I really shouldn't have been worried although, because we had the most wonderful experience at Sassafras Creek and I'm going to tell you all about it.
Our reservation was for 9am and we arrived bang on time. The only "wobbly" moment we had was when the happy young chap who greeted us couldn't find our reservation on his list, luckily I have owl like eyes and I spotted our reservation over his shoulder, purely by my mobile number, as the person who took my booking over the phone had written my name down incorrectly - I don't think he was going to let us in otherwise. With the wobble sorted out we were shown to our table right in the middle of the lovely dining room.
Sassafras Creek is not only a cafe, but also an exhibition space for local artists as well as a food and design store (more on that later). It has scenic views over the local area and you can even sit out on the deck and soak up the vista, which would be perfect on a warm day. On chilly days the best place is inside as there is open fire burning that makes everything toasty. The cafe is very pram friendly - no steps and there is enough room at your table to park it. The cafe has quite an upmarket feel to it and more often than not, these are the type of places that don't like kids, but there was none of that sort of pretentious attitude at Sassafras Creek.
As soon as we were seated, our drinks order was taken and they were delivered in record time. They serve the cutest babycino at Sassafras (and I do believe it is free!) - anything with sprinkles on it looks better in my opinion. For grown ups they serve a very decent brew of Vittoria coffee. If you are dining later in the day they are fully licensed so you can enjoy a sneaky glass of vino or two.
Sassafras Creek didn't put their prices up on Dad's day and they didn't offer a limited menu, as most other places seem to do - it was all systems go on their regular menu. At breakfast time they don't have a dedicated kids menu but you will find one if you go there for lunch. For breakfast we ordered the boys "Making Banana Pancakes" which came with caramel sauce and cream, and we just halved it. The dish came as 4 medium size pancakes so it was easy enough to divvy up between the two of them and the caramel sauce was decadently divine. There are other options such as toast, scrambled eggs, and freshly baked goodies that kidlets can easily eat if your babes aren't pancake eaters. If you are dining at lunch time there are two options for kids which are to be honest, on the expensive side - Cheese Burger & Chips ($14.90) and Chicken, Cheese & Avo sandwich ($13.50).
For breakfast the menu is reasonably priced for what you are served - the Chef's Breakfast ($19) was a big plate full of eggs, bacon, lamb & rosemary sausage, tomato, mushrooms and rosemary potatoes on toasted sourdough - the perfect Father's Day breakfast for any DAD! I went for the Farmer's Fried Breakfast ($13) which was a mixed herb omelette with fetta and crispy & spicy chorizo on top which came with some toasted sourdough as well. The food was delicious and thankfully served quickly as my boys were very restless throughout the meal.
There aren't any activities for kidlets at Sassafras and I deliberately didn't pack any colouring in as I wanted to attempt a family meal where we all chatted away happily........that was a wee bit naive of me as my boys are still too young to sit still for any length of time. So luckily service was so prompt as we only heard "I'm bored" only a handful of times before we could put the boys out of their misery and leave in search of a playground. Just in case you need one too, the closest playground is across the road and up a bit, in Memorial Park, just ask the staff to point in you in the right direction.
If you need to use the toilet facilities they are just at the entrance to the gorgeous inhouse Kurrajong Food Store. The loo is huge and can easily fit a pram in it but there isn't a baby change table. If you can ditch the kids and the other half make sure you to take a peek around the store as it is full of lovely gifts, books, cards, candles and all things fabulously foodie.
Sassafras Creek is the ideal spot for any special occasion, or if you just prefer a nice spot for a fancy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Kurrajong Village is delightfully quaint and about an hours drive from the centre of Sydney, so it makes for the perfect day trip. Go forth and enjoy Little Munchers x
83 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Village NSW 2758
Mon - Thu: 9am - 4pm; Fri - Sun: 9am - 5pm;
dinner Fri & Sat from 6.00pm