So I'm just a wee bit envious of the residents of Glenbrook. This is my kind of place to live. The suburb is located in the lower Blue Mountains, it's full of gorgeous old homes with very pretty gardens, it has loads of lovely shops, an amazing kids playground, a cinema and most importantly some seriously fabulous cafes. We have already reviewed the very child friendly Cafe 2773, and it now has a neighbour called Vincent. And let me tell you dear readers he is very fine place to eat with your family.
My research tells me that Vincent is named after another of its neighbours - the St Vincent de Paul Op Shop! In between Vincent and Vinnies is Little Knick Knacks - a fabulous kids toy and clothing store. If you sit outside at Vincent, your kids can stare longingly in the window of Little Knick Knacks, working out what you may or may not buy them after you have finished your meal. If you have kids and or a pram, I definitely do recommend sitting outside as their is plenty of room to park your prams as well as space for kids to wander around. There is also a grassy area out the back where children can have a little trot and this is where you will find the toilet facilities. The outside area is also an ideal spot to meet up with your mothers group for a coffee and treat, as there are long trestle tables where you can all sit together.
I really like the set up of Vincent. Inside the cafe the tables are for smaller groups and the outside tables are for larger numbers of people. They also have a takeaway coffee window outside which eliminates those pesky lines of the takeaway crowd which get in the way of staff and sit down customers. And the queue for takeaway coffee can get long as the coffee at Vincent is brilliant! They use Genovese beans and their brews warm the cockles perfectly on a brisk Mountain morning.
We dined at Vincent at breakfast time on a weekend. Whilst there isn't a kids menu there are choices on the main menu that kidlets will love to eat such as the freshly baked pastries and home made banana bread. If you pop inside there is a table at the front of the cafe that will have all of that morning's freshly baked goodies on it. The boys chose a pain au chocolat and a raisin snail. They were both amazing (yes I had a little nibble of each). I've been to a few establishments of late where they serve up day old pastries/muffins to kids hoping that they will not notice, however these delights had most definitely been plucked straight out of the oven.
The husband went with the special of the day, and to be totally honest I've forgotten what it was called. There were two perfectly poached eggs, spicy chorizo rounds, crispy baby potatoes and fresh herbs served with a piece of crunchy toasted sourdough and real butter.
My Tunisian Eggs ($19) didn't photograph particularly well, but please do not let that put you off from ordering them! They were divine. The pretty blue and white china bowl was full of poached eggs, shakshukka, crumbly fetta and fresh herbs. This was served with toast and it is the perfect breakfast to warm up on a chilly Mountain's morning.
After your meal at Vincent you will have to pop into Little Knick Knacks for a squizz and of course if money is a bit tight you can also pop into Vinnies as well to see if they have any pre-loved toys that might satisfy your nagging kids. Not too far away is the pretty cool Glenbrook playground - make sure you grab yourself a takeaway from Vincent although as the kids will spend ages navigating all the equipment!
What's your favourite Blue Mountains suburb Little Munchers? Are they as fabulous as Glenbrook??
PS....I just saw on Vincent's FB page that all school kids can drop in for a $2.50 coffee after 3pm!
25 Ross St, Glenbrook NSW 2773
Mon - Sun 7.30am - 4.00pm