The Valentine Cafe is probably not the sort of cafe that you would take your Valentine to, but it is the perfect cafe for your Mother's Group or a large group of friends with kids; or even to catch up with the extended family as this is one big cafe that has loads of space for everyone.
The cafe is named after its location at the Valentine Sports Park at Glenwood in north west Sydney. For those of you not in the know, this is the home of Football NSW (that's the round ball for the uninitiated). The facilities are very flash - modern sports fields, an indoor pool, indoor stadium and accommodation. Gorgeous young people are click clacking around in their soccer boots all hoping one day to become the next Beckham (or should I be more patriotic and say Cahill?). Anyway the Valentine Cafe services all of these facilities and it is also open to the general public, which is fantastic as it serves awesome Toby's Estate Coffee and huge portions of very tasty food.
We first visited Valentine Cafe when they had only be opened a few weeks, this was back in 2014. I don't think it is entirely fair to review a cafe when they are newly open and still finding their feet, so I decided to wait a bit (almost 12 months) until we visited to give it the proper Little Munch once over. Both times we visited it was mid week, first time was for breakfast and the second was for lunch. On both occasions the cafe was reasonably quiet, so we had no issue finding a table and service was fast and friendly each time.
You have the choice of sitting inside or out at Valentine Cafe - both areas are spacious and if you have a pram the access is easy. There is plenty of room to park your pram as well as all of your mates, so Mothers Groups this is the place for you! There are high chairs for little ones as well as space for kidlets to wander around. The toilets are located through the back doors of the cafe and if it hasn't ticked enough kid friendly boxes already then all the yummy food for kids to eat will seal the deal.
The Valentine Cafe also receive a big tick for their very cute babycino! I'm sure your bambinos will love it as much as you will love your perfectly brewed coffee. Luckily Toby's Estate also create some wonderful tea concoctions and Valentine Cafe stock these for those of you who may not crave coffee as much as I do. Otherwise you can partake in a freshly made juice from the "Juse Bar" which is perfect if you are in need of a quick vitamin shot! If you need something light to accompany your beverage make sure you check out the front counter as it is full of yummy looking cakes, cookies and other sweet treats (psst they have a $7 coffee & cake deal!).
The breaky menu has some delicious tasting items on it. We just had the fruit salad and breakfast burger when we visited however the menu is a lot fancier than that. How does Arancini & Eggs sound? Two homemade arancini are served with poached eggs, roast tomato and a rocket & parmesan salad - yum! Or a Vegie Brekkie Stack with grilled eggplant, haloumi, zucchini, tomato & rocket with balsmaic reduction & a cajun fried egg! The breakfast menu ranges in price from $5.00 for fruit salad up to $15.00 for eggs benny, so it is quite reasonably priced in comparison to a lot of cafes in the north west.
Kids have their own menu for lunch and there are quite a few options on the main menu and also in the front counter for kidlets to enjoy at breakfast time. The kids lunch menu doubles as an activity sheet. Older children will be able to do the soccer inspired Find a Word and younger ones will be able to colour in the soccer drawing. The short ( and not very healthy) menu includes nuggets & chips, fish cocktail & chips or a mini steak & chips. The cost of the meals are $7.50 and this includes an apple or orange popper. My little man ordered the nuggets and chips and the portion was huge, so if you have small eaters you may need to only one meal for them to share.
Like the breakfast menu, the lunch time menu is also reasonably priced considering the size of the portions you receive. The most expensive item on the menu is $15.50 and you can have everything from a Thai Beef Salad to Sliders to Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli. I was in a carnivore mood the day we had lunch at the cafe and I ordered the humongous steak sandwich. It was the kind of meal I really should have shared with someone else as the sandwich itself was massive and then it also came with big bad serve of bad boys! They are beer battered chips cooked to perfection and oh so bad for your arteries and hips, but terribly delicious!
Valentine Cafe will also host your kids birthday party. They have a large communal table down the back of the cafe where they will serve party food to you and your little guests. They can organise face painters and clowns or you could perhaps have a pool party or even a soccer party, just ring and have a chat to the staff about it. You don't even have to worry about the lolly bags - they have them for sale on the front counter for $1.50!
I think space is a very important factor when dining out with kids. You need it for your pram, and you need it for your little ones to be able to wander without interfering with other diners. And this is why I love the Valentine Cafe so much. Whether you sit inside or out you won't feel hemmed in and you won't feel as though other diners are breathing down your neck.
So my dear Little Munchers, what is the most important factor to you when dining out with kidlets?
235 - 257 Meurants Lane, Glenwood NSW
02 9836 3104
Open 7 days
Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm
Sat - Sun: 8am - 3pm