Well hello Stain Cafe, aren't you one of our favourite finds this year!
Located at St Peter's Green in suburban Lane Cove North, the Stain Cafe has been opened since the beginning of this year. St Peter's Green is not only home to the Stain Cafe but also the West Chatswood Library and an aged care facility. Due to its proximity to the retirement complex, access to the Stain Cafe is via ramps - which obviously makes it very pram friendly indeed - and this is just one of the many child friendly features that the Stain Cafe offers those of us in the family way.
When we rocked up to the Stain Cafe at about 9am on a Sunday morning we weren't sure whether or not we would score a table. Stain Cafe had its coffee machine hissing since since 6.30am (a big tick for those with mudlarks) and we presumed it would be completely full. All the parking out the front was taken so we headed into a side street and walked over. The boys spied the empty play ground immediately and bounded on in and we got such a surprise to see that all of the outdoor seating was empty!
We plonked ourselves down at a table, so that we had sight of the boys in the playground, grabbed one of the lovely red rugs provided by the cafe and snuggled up Nan and Pop style! Than we spied them - all of the families were huddled inside in the warmth. It was a chilly morning so they were being sensible, but there is no way our little dudes would have sat quietly inside when they could see a cool playground outside. Mr Munch and I were as snug as pigs in blankets so we were more than happy being the only diners outside. After a wee while a young gent came out and took our coffee order and then another gent (I think the owner) came out and turned the heater on for us.
Our Toby's Estate coffee came quickly and warmed our cockles instantly. The boys had a babycino and a kids sized milkshake with the milkshake being served in a disposable plastic cup. Our breakfast orders were taken and a cute basket full of our cutlery, napkins and a little pot of pink sea salt flakes arrived. Oh and I have to comment on the napkins. They were lovely and thick - one of my pet peeves when dining out, is cafes that use paper thin napkins - you need to use three times as many to wipe up any spilt babycinos or to protect your clothing from dripping egg yolks!
There are two brekkie options for kidlets - Kids Farm egg with bacon or snag on Turkish toast or Kids French Toast with bacon. There are also options on the main menu that would also be suitable for children such as toast ($5) and porridge ($9.50). At lunch time there are 3 options for kids - Cheesie Toast ($7); Grilled Chicken & Chips ($10); and Fish & Chips ($10).
For breakfast, I actually chose the little bulls a freshly baked muffin each as I saw the big tray on the front counter and there is nothing more satisfying on a cold morning then a big fat warm muffin. The flavour of the day was apple and rhubarb. The staff served the muffins almost as soon as they were ordered - another big tick in the kid friendly cafe ratings.
Now if there is an award going round for Sydney's best bacon and egg roll - The Stain should win it hands down. The menu states that the roll comes with 2 fried farm eggs, bacon, fresh tomato, roquette and aioli for $9.50. Well let me tell you that the masterpiece I received, came with 3 eggs, one of which was a double yoker and it was jammed packed full of deliciousness! If this is just too eggy for you, then the Stain Cafe also serve crepes of the day, home made banana, date and walnut bread with ricotta and jam or 3 different times of Benedict for brekkie plus quite a few other items all of which sound mouth watering. Prices range from $5.00 - $18.50.
At lunch time the menu is quite simple and simply delicious sounding. On a cold day Seafood Chowder with toasted sourdough ($14.50) would be perfect. They serve some wholesome sounding salads such as the Chicken Salad with roquette, pear, fetta, roast onions and walnuts or you can have a good old fashioned burger or steak sandwich. The most expensive item on the lunch time menu is $19.50. Please note the menu is seasonal so some of this items may not be on the menu if you visit during the warmer months.
Gradually during our breakfast kiddies starting dribbling out of the inside of the cafe and into the playground. The boys made some new friends (isn't it amazing how kids can do that so darn quickly!) and we had read the Sunday morning papers from front to back! It was time to leave and the boys started their usual whining and also complained that they hadn't climbed the tree. See the outside deck of the Stain cafe is built around a paperbark tree. So we let them have a quick climb (you actually can't climb it that high), but please be warned dear parents this tree will leave a powdery residue all over your kidlet's clothes - so maybe don't let them near it if they are decked out in their Sunday best!
We eventually dragged the little bulls away from the Stain Cafe kicking and screaming. If we had visited Mon - Sat I would have placated them with a visit to the library. The library is modern and from what I could spy through the window chockers full of cool kids books. On Thursday mornings they host preschool story time, combine that with morning tea at the Stain Cafe and you have the perfect morning out, don't you think?
I so hope when the time comes for Mr Munch and I to enter the retirement village phase of our lives, that a cafe and library are located in the same complex! If Little Munch is still going strong I will no doubt be reviewing zimmer frame friendly cafes!!
1 Felton Ave Lane Cove North NSW
Open 7 days 6.30am - 4.00pm