When we got up on Saturday morning the kids said to me "so where are we off to for breakfast today Mumma" (I've got them trained well haven't I) and for once I hadn't planned our morning adventure. So I thought "how about I let them pick". Obviously being 6 & 4 they don't really have a grasp on all of the suburbs of Sydney so I thought I'd make a game of it. I stuck a map of Sydney up on the wall and we played pin the tail on Sydney! Both little dudes had a go - the first tail went on the middle of Botany Bay and unless there is some floating cafe I don't know about that was quickly ruled out, and the second one ended up on Earlwood. After looking at my mate Google, we were on our way to the Woods Cafe & Deli.
The Woods Cafe & Deli is located on busy William St, there is parking out the front of the cafe as well as side street parking. The cafe and deli are in two different spaces, right next to each other. The deli or "Woods Express" is a smaller space that sells take away coffee, amazing cakes and gourmet foods as well as gift ware. The cafe is a lot more spacious and has both indoor and outdoor seating. If you are dining with your pram there is one step up into the cafe. I would probably make a bee line into the outdoor courtyard although, as the interior of the cafe can get quite busy with both diners and take away coffee customers and your pram may block traffic.
The courtyard is quite spacious and and has tables of various sizes (you can also reserve a table). The loo facilities are located out here as well (no baby change table) so it is an ideal spot to sit with kids. In the passageway that connects the cafe and courtyard you will find a box of toys and a a basket of blankets to keep you warm in the cooler months. We sat inside as all of the larger outdoor tables were either occupied or reserved. This didn't bother us one bit as I watched the champion Barista pump out many, many coffees and the boys did a bit of a Gangnam dance when they realised Psy was a regular customer!!
Service was fast and friendly and the coffee was brilliant. I'm not sure what beans they brew but it was so good, I had to have two. The babycino is very cute with sprinkles and a marshmallow and the kids size milkshake ($4) comes in a sensible take away cup. Even the table water came with two glass and two melamine cups, so clearly they are used to serving families at The Woods Cafe & Deli.
There are kids options on the menu and at breakfast time kidlets can enjoy eggs on toast for $7.50 or blueberry & buttermilk pancakes with palm sugar butter & syrup for $10.00. Our little dudes however had spied the freshly baked blueberry & white chocolate muffins ($4) sitting on the cake counter and decided that these were in order for their Saturday breakfast. The muffin was crispy on the outside and perfectly moist on the inside and they hadn't skimmed on the blueberries or white chocolate that's for sure!
Now for us parents the food is fantastic, like seriously delicious fantastic. I chose the sautéed mushrooms on toast with truffle oil & parmesan ($15) and it had mixed mushrooms that were perfectly cooked and lightly tossed in the truffle oil and they came atop two pieces of yummy sourdough. Mr Munch chose the chorizo, spinach, fetta and tomato omelette ($16) which was huge and smelt divine and it came with a piece of sourdough on the side.
I didn't spy the lunch time menu so my apologies I cannot comment on what they serve, however I am sure it would be just as delicious at the breakfast menu. What I did spy however were all of the the mouth watering sweet treats on the cake counter, so if you are in the "'hood of the 'wood" around afternoon tea time one of these little delights and a coffee are well worth stopping by for. You can also pick up sandwiches, cakes, breads and pastries to go go from next door at the Woods Express.
So my fellow Little Munchers next time you wake up on a weekend or any other day of the week and feel like going out for breakfast, how about you too play pin the tail on Sydney and once you've got your suburb, check out the Little Munch article on Cafes by Sydney Suburb and head off on a little explore to some suburb that you may not have been to before!
160 William St, Earlwood NSW
02 9787 7700
Open 7 days
Mon - Fri: 6am - 4pm; Sat: 8am - 4pm; Sun: 8am - 2pm