The lawns in Lane Cove Plaza are always jam packed full of mums and bubs catching some rays, having a chat and indulging in some eats from one of the yummy cafes that surround it. For team Little Munch there is one cafe that stands out from the crowd - The Cake Man. The Cake Man creates obscenely delicious looking cakes. The cakes (and tarts, flans, puddings, slices, pastries), are truly divine - just take a look at the pictures below:
No matter what type of sweet treat takes your fancy, you will find a masterpiece at The Cakeman. From luscious lemon tarts to sticky sweet flourless orange cakes you are spoilt for choice - luckily cakes come in different sizes so if you can't make your mind up, you can purchase a few of the smaller ones to enjoy. Birthday cakes are another speciality of The Cake Man - from an angry bird to a ballerina this guy will make the most stunning cake for your little person on their special day. Even though the sweet stuff is mind blowing, the savoury items are also pretty darn amazing too at The Cake Man. From melt in the mouth quiches to perfectly flaky lamb shank pies, you will find something perfect for lunch or dinner for the whole family that you can either eat in or takeaway to have at home.
There are a few different spaces to eat in at The Cake Man. The actual "cake" shop is at the back of the arcade. If you park in Rosenthal Ave car park, you can walk in the back door so to speak. There is loads of seating down here and a great spot to sit if you just want coffee and cake. Kidlets have their very own little table, however there is not much room for prams to park, once all the tables are full. So if you do have a pram head up towards the front of the arcade. As you walk up, make sure you look into the glass fronted bakery on the side of the arcade, as you will see the cake man and his associates in action creating their masterpieces (and hopefully not licking the bowl!).
There are some tables and chairs along the arcade which are ideal for couples (and a pram/kid), however if you have a pram and a few kids that like to move around, I suggest that you take a seat in The Cake Man's under cover seating area out the front of the arcade. There is plenty of room to park your pram and the kids can muck around right next to this area with all the other kids who will no doubt be here too. This area is heated in winter and it's a great spot to sit and people watch the local Lane Covians as they go about their daily business. And this is exactly where we sat, when we dined at The Cake Man for lunch recently, during the school holidays.
Once you are seated, the delightful staff come out and take your order. They serve both breakfast and lunch as well as dinner on some evenings at The Cake Man. They also have a wine bar upstairs called the Den, which looks like a great spot to have a date night (note to self).
At The Cake Man they serve coffee from The Wood Roaster. It's the first time I've seen these beans in Sydney but apparently their roastery is in Marrickville. The coffee was brilliant and what was even more brilliant was that it was served in an insulated mug. I wish more cafes would use these, because on a cold winter's day, your coffee remains warm, and as a parent you will know how many times you have to leave your coffee to wrangle the kids, and then you end up with a cold brew! For kidlets, milkshakes, soft drinks and babycinos are all available.
There are two items on the lunch menu for children - penne bolognaise or calamari & chips. They both cost $8.00 and my big boy had the penne which was a decent size serve and apparently a lot better than what I make at home! There is also a ham, cheddar and tomato toastie ($10) on the main menu which I'm sure most kidlets would love too. My younger son is being a bit finicky (insert - pain in the butt) with his food choices at the moment, so he was just happy to peck away at the chips and salad that accompanied my meal.
Mr Munch and I sampled the two burgers that are on the menu - I chose Mary, and he chose Sam. The Mary burger has 8hr slow cooked lamb shoulder, pickled red cabbage slaw & Yaya's tzatziki in it. The Sam was a grilled beef patty, seeded mustard aioli, a runny egg, lettuce & bacon jam. Both burgers were seriously tasty and the bun was awesome - almost like a damper. Shoestring fries and an undressed salad accompanied the burgers and they both cost $14.00. It's rare that Mr Munch walks away with such a smile on his face - he thought the Sam Burger was THE BOMB.
Some other options on the menu include prawn linguine, Singapore noodles and grilled souvlaki which is served with grilled flat bread, lettuce, tomato and some of Yaya's delicious tzatziki. The most expensive item on the menu is $16.00, and just to let you know that you can get all meals to take away just in case you want to eat picnic style on the lawn with the other mums. Our lunch was really good and we are keen to go back and try out both breakfast and dinner. On the breakfast menu you will find bacon & eggs burgers, bircher muesli, and many variations on the egg theme. At night time the menu changes regularly and there is always a couple of option for the kiddos. And if you can get away from the kids they even serve tapas up in the Den!
Now just to cover off a few other kid friendly aspects to The Cake Man - high chairs are available and if you need the loos, there are public toilets in the car park behind The Cake Man (according to a local, "you couldn't pay her to use them", but if you have little boys who are desperate to pee (like mine were) they are perfectly acceptable. Otherwise there are full toilet facilities in the arcade across the plaza from The Cake Man. The Rosenthal car park is most definitely the easiest one to park in for access to the cafe, but it is also the most popular, and in the middle of the day it can be tricky trying to score a spot. (This car park has time limits so make sure you check them). As the car park was full when we arrived, we ended up finding a space further up Burns Bay Rd and we just walked down. Lastly, the staff are super friendly to kids and I'm sure if you needed a bottle heated up or have some other request the staff wouldn't hesitate to help you.
So my fellow cake lovers, I thoroughly recommend that you stop by The Cake Man some time soon. Whether it be for a luscious cake, an excellent coffee, a juicy burger or all three I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed x
Shop 5A, 23-25 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove NSW
Open 7 days from early