Oh I've been lazy of late and not ventured too far past the Hills in search of the perfect child friendly cafe...but you know what, I keep finding new little delights out this way, and I believe it is my duty to let everyone else in this big ole city of ours to know how the Hills are now alive with the sound of hissing coffee machines.... and there's not a lonely goat herd in sight!
My latest find has been Twenty Two Cafe, Bar & Grill in Bella Vista (the posh end of Baulkham Hills) - it's actually in Norwest, but I'm not sure if that is classified as a suburb or just a business park, but the cafe is definitely in a business park - it's actually attached to the brand spanking new Adina Hotel.
Sometime in the next ten years, the Hills will be linked to the city via a train line and the Norwest Train Station will be a skip, hop and jump from the cool Adina Hotel. Most other parts of Sydney take train lines for granted as a means of getting around, but not us folk out here in the Hills, for some reason we have had to wait almost a century to get one! So the Adina Hotel group has seen the light at the end of the tunnel and ventured out to the Hills and as result we have a cool new cafe and lets hope other businesses also have the same foresight and keep coming down the tunnel too!
We went for Saturday morning breakfast and Twenty Two Cafe, Bar & Grill was half full with hotel guests and the other half were sticky beaking locals like ourselves. The cafe is right next to the Reception of the Adina but it is screened off so you can't really spy on the comings and goings of the hotel guests.
The interior and exterior are quite groovy with pops of red and yellow everywhere. Bicycles adorn the walls inside which seems to be a bit of a fashion statement these days in interiors (don't really get it to be honest). Anyway my little bulls seemed interested in counting how many bikes there were for a wee while and this is really the only child friendly activity in the cafe - so BYO. Oh and the little bulls have also have learnt the art of people watching, staring at great length at 3 blokes who required an early morning ale asking rather embarrassingly at the top of their voices "Daddy why are those men having beer for breakfast?!"
Twenty Two Cafe, Bar & Grill certainly does have the kids menu sorted. A kids menu is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they are reasonably priced ($8) and all come with a juice (and ice cream for lunch & dinner). We stupidly ordered drinks for the little bulls before we spotted this, so we wasted a bit of small change (babycino is only 50 cents and it does come with a marshmallow that is submerged in the froth). They don't do a kids size milkshake so you have to pay $4.90 for one. Make sure you do remind your waitress that a juice is included as they never bought ours to the table.
Our little bulls had the pancakes for $8.00 and two huge fluffly delights came out with a side of ice cream and maple syrup. They were the best pancakes I've tasted in ages (sorry Michelle I had to taste them in the name of research - I'm meant to be on a Michelle Bridges weight loss thingy!!).
Mr Munch's bacon and egg roll was equally delicious for $8.00 as well.
So dear parents I shall endeavour to leave the burgeoning Hills to find other child friendly delights for you in the near future, but in the meantime why don't you jump in the car (obviously not on the train) and come for a little explore out to the Hills and see how many hissing coffee machines you can find and maybe pick some edelweiss x
22 Brookhollow Ave Baulkham Hills NSW 2153