It has finally happened......
Baulkham Hills has got hip and unfortunately my hips are going to pay the price!
sol. cafe has joined the burgeoning cafe scene in the Hills district and it is serving some mighty fine coffee and scrummy fare. There is an article in our local rag this week about all the seriously cool cafes opening up in our next door neighbour Castle Hill (Youeni; The Baron) well I think they have competition in sol.cafe!
The cafe is located in a cul de sac of restaurants on busy Old Northern Road. They have loads of seating outside where you can park your pram and your little ones can wander around or you can sit inside in the cool interior and watch all the staff in action. There are a couple of communal tables so all of you Mother's groups should head on down and have yourself a Yummy Mummy time!
Obviously being located near a road, there isn't much of a view, but seriously who has time to look at views when you are keeping a watchful eye on your progeny? (psssst to all the mummas out there, a steady stream of male personal trainers from the gym across the road come in for coffee so you do sort of have a view!!).
sol. cafe is run by some groovy parents so they cater for groovy little "sols" with a decent size kids menu. Some of the most child friendly cafes we have visited only ever have one or two items listed for kids if none at all, especially when it comes to breakfast. How good does a frozen milo sound? We neglected to tell the boys that it was a choice on the menu (didn't think it was the best option for brekkie), but luckily for them this generously hipped mumma will be back at sol. cafe over and over again so they will have ample opportunity to try it out.
My eldest babe ordered the boiled egg as he wants to get big muscles like his Pop on the farm, who has one each day and my little babe had toast n jam as he is unfortunately allergic to eggs. The boiled egg is actually 2 eggs which means those muscles will be doubled by the end of the day.
The big sols menu is a mix of Middle Eastern/South American/modern Australian (basically a fusion of the owners heritage).
If you are there for breakfast make sure you try the bacon n egg burger - it comes with avocado and capsicum chutney...so good! Or artisan bread toasted and served with home made fig jam, local ricotta and pistachios.....heavenly.
They make all of their cakes, muffins and sweets in house and they sound and look fabulous for example, Turkish Delight Cheesecake and delectable date rolls (oh my poor hips). Freshly made juices are also a speciality of the house. Now back to their damn fine Bay coffee, they have a loyalty scheme in place where after you purchase 5 coffees you get one free!
The staff at sol. cafe are hospitality people - you can tell they have been in the industry for a while as nothing seems to be an issue for them. They welcome you almost as if you are in their own home.
Your kiddliwinks will be occupied with a big box of lego and colouring pencils and books. They are located inside under the communal table.
Now how is this for service - I had popped in to sol. cafe earlier in the week for a "test run" to try their coffee and I casually mentioned that the family would be back at the end of the week for Mr Munch's birthday. At the end of our breakfast they brought out the most divine slice of Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting - made in house - and my golly gosh it was sublime! Hip Hip Hooray x
So Parents are there any other hip joints (child friendly of course) near you opening up?
Shop 5, 2 Old Northern Road Baulkham Hills NSW 2153
02 9639 8683