So I have found it - the best babycino in the world! I know that's a big call, but from my travels so far, this is the best I've seen. I found this little delight because of a tip off from another foodie Mumma and blogger - High Tea with Marie Antoinette, she shared with me a photo from Sorelle on Grand's facebook page and basically my long list of child friendly cafes was quickly forgotten about and I (and the boys) hot footed it to Brighton Le Sands as quick as we could.
The "Babycino Grande" comes in a sweet little cup full of froth with chocolate sprinkled on top. Adorned on the side are two colourful marshmallows and then the piste de la resistance is a baby icecream cone - freshly made on the premises! The lovely staff at Sorelle use chocolate gelato to fill the cone then it is covered in chocolate and 100 and 1000s are sprinkled on top - you should have seen all of the other customers oohing and aahing as it was made. Now this will set you back $4.50, but it is just too gorgeous not to order one! If you want a normal no fuss (insert boring) babycino, they are free with any coffee purchase.
So on to the coffee for Mummas and Pappas - it was nothing short of brilliant! They use the trendy Double Roasters beans from Marrickville and I'm now on the lookout for any cafe that serves their coffee - it is just so good. They come in sweet blue and white china cups that match Sorelle's logo on inside back wall of the cafe.
Now for the food. There isn't a kids menu but there are options on the breakfast menu that kids would love such as fruit salad, toast and muffins. The lunch time menu is a bit more limited for choice for children - chips with aioli (which can be substituted for tomato/bbq sauce) $5.00 is an option, however I'm sure if you asked the staff for a plain sandwich they would be more than happy to oblige as they just seem like that kind of people. (I have since learnt that after we dined at Sorelle on Grand a kids menu has been introduced - yay!). All of Sorelle's food is made fresh on premises - their muffins, cakes, tarts etc looked and smelt divine. Our lunch of a Sorelle Club ($15) and Steak Sandwich ($14) were HUGE and oozing in tastiness. They both came with a wee bowl of the most gorgeous aioli I have ever had!
Sorelle occupies a corner space down from the main drag of restaurants on the Grand Parade in Brighton Le Sands. If you are coming from the city end of the Parade, Sorelle can be easily missed as its shop front faces the southern end of the Grand Parade. The interior is fairly small with white washed furniture throughout the crystal blue and white space. The front counter is packed fully of home made sweet treats and there is also a gelato bar - a perfect refreshment after a hard day on the beach.
There are tables and chairs on the pavement outside the cafe, but just remember that the Grand Parade is one busy road, so you will need to keep and eye on wandering toddlers. Outside however is the perfect place to park your pram and sit and watch the world go by. Either before or after you dine at Sorelle, make sure you take a wander along the beach front - your kiddliwinks will love the view over to all of the huge cranes at Port Botany and there is a cool little pirate playground about 100m along the beach front, south of the cafe.
Sorelle is run by two gorgeous, effervescent and friendly sisters - we even met their very proud Mumma who just happened to be dining at the table next to us. The cafe was started earlier this year and let me tell you these girls know the art of hospitality. Nothing was too much trouble - they even told us that our youngest little bull could lie down and have a nap on one of their cushioned benches as he was a bit cranky tired. I believe one of their boyfriend's is out the back in the kitchen churning out the delicious meals. And how fabulous is their motto - Everything You See We Owe To Spaghetti!
So tell me dear parents, do you know of anywhere that serves a babycino grander than the one at Sorelle on Grand?
116 The Grand Parade, Brighton Le Sands NSW 2216