Before I "review" a cafe I do my due diligence and research the net and other media just to make sure that the cafe will be somewhat child friendly - no point in reviewing one that ain't. But now and then I just stumble on a little gem, and that is what happened yesterday morning when we stumbled into The North End Cafe in Maroubra.
I was actually wanting to review another cafe close by, but when we arrived it was full of both man and hounds so we decided to cross the road cause those hounds were lookin' hungry and my little bulls were lookin' nervous.
So basically we stumbled into the North End Cafe by chance and found a table smack bang in the middle of the cafe for the four of us. We were right next to the kitchen which is open plan so you can see everyone in action which I think adds to the theatre of dining out.
Now the interesting thing is that The North End Cafe felt as though it had been around for a long time.The staff were friendly and relaxed. The interior was really retro, quirky and comfy. And the food and coffee came out really quickly. So I couldn't figure out why I hadn't found it on the net when I was doing my research. The "aha" moment came when I got home and googled it - The North End Cafe only opened about a week ago! So top marks to management for creating the perfect cafe ambience so soon.
The North End Cafe is a bit bookish. They have a reading nook in the back corner with a bookshelf full of interesting reads. They have a basket out the front where you can donate your old books for charity and the best bit is that their menu is inside an old children's " A Little Golden Book" - remember those from when we were kids?? How cool is that! Once you finish ordering you can read your kids a story from your childhood! The menu I had still had it's price sticker on it for 29 cents!
So to the food. There isn't a kids menu but you won't have a problem finding something for your little ones to eat off the menu. The little bulls went for freshly baked berry muffins (still warm from the oven) at $3 each. They also had a milkshake ($4) and babycino ($2) - however there was a complaint from the littlest bull cause it lacked a marshmallow!
The counter was packed with loads of home baked goodies like the berry muffins and seriously good lookin' cakes. And how good does the Sunday Morning Hang Over Special sound!
The loo (sorry no baby change table) is out the back in a cute little courtyard where I noticed a big bbq was set up - I found out later that they are opening on Saturday nights for Brazilian BBQs - $35 all you can eat!
So I am really quite glad we avoided those hungry lookin' hounds across the road cause we probably wouldn't have tried The North End Cafe yesterday. The Mums and Dads of Maroubra have a real little winner here x
24 McKeon Street Maroubra NSW