This swanky new cafe opened in Dural last year, and every time I drove past to check it out on a weekend, there was a huge line of people waiting outside for a table. I don't do lines. Especially when I have the kids in tow. My lads don't wait in lines very well and I certainly don't do the patient Mumma thing very well. So I changed my plan of attack and decided to visit first thing on a Monday morning.
The swanky cafe is called Wolfe & Co. and it is located on busy Old Northern Rd. Early in the morning you should be able to find a car spot close by to the cafe, however as this cafe becomes busier you will need to park further afield and walk up to it - the nearby Round Corner shops are probably your best bet.
You can choose to sit inside or out at Wolfe & Co. If the cafe is quiet (which isn't very often) you can fit your pram into the dining space outside. They also have high chairs available, so you could leave your pram on the pavement on the side of the cafe (and don't worry as it is Dural it is unlikely that anyone would nick it). If you have restless kids that can't sit still, this is probably not the sort of cafe you should take them to. It's more for kids who are content playing their electronic devices whilst you eat, or little ones that can be secured easily. Because trust me you will want to linger a little longer at Wolfe & Co. as the food and coffee are just so darn good.
As soon as we arrived at Wolfe & Co. we were treated like super star customers (major benefit of dining early). Everyone from the owner to the barista were charming and friendly and this continued for our entire stay. Being early on a Monday morning, most of the trade were the bleary eyed work crowd grabbing a takeaway coffee for their long drive to town (Dural is kinda like being in the country). There were a few other well heeled locals dining and us - team Little Munch! So within no time, our beloved coffees were sitting in front of us.
They brew up the Inner West based Five Senses Coffee at Wolfe & Co. and it is seriously "on point" to coin a popular foodie phrase at the moment. Served at the perfect temperature, I'm sure you'll find yourself having more than one if you are caffeine addicts like us. And being the smart cafe operators that they are, Wolfe & Co. are also delivering free babycinos for the kidlets. Tea drinkers have also been well catered for with an interesting selection of "health" teas as well as your standard tea choices.
Wolfe & Co. have a menu especially for the little pups of your pack. They can munch on: Toast Soldiers with soft boiled egg ($6.50); Buttermilk Pancake with ice cream & maple syrup ($8.50); Sourdough Toastie with ham & cheddar cheese ($6.50); or a Cheeseburger Slider with fries ($9.50).
My chaps chose the pancake and toastie to road test. Both the meals arrived on gorgeous children's bamboo plates (they are available for sale in the cafe). The portion sizes were perfect and I love the addition of the flowers on the pancake - so often kids meals are not given the same attention to detail as adults meals are, and are served haphazardly.
Now there is definitely nothing haphazard about the presentation of the adults food. The Avocado with black tomato, ajo blanco (a seasoned white bread like spread), aged Pedro Ximenez gel & toasted almonds on rye, with a side of streaky bacon looked and tasted amazing - $18.00. The Omelette was also divine and it was stuffed full of triple cream brie, sweet onions & lemon thyme - $16.50.
They have one menu at Wolfe & Co. that is served all day, so you can dine on these beauties when ever you like. Some other enticing sounding options are the Creme Brulee French Toast - $18.50 or the Heirloom Salad with goats cheese, honey & pistachio za'atar - $19.50. And they have just scored a liquor license so you can have a little tipple from 10am if you so choose.
Now the toilet facilities at Wolfe & Co. are superior (insert I would like them in my own home). You will find the loo down the back of the cafe, but it doesn't contain a baby change table, but it does contain quality hand wash and quite a bit of space for you and your brood.
So my dear Little Munchers if you like your cafes to be totally on point, and you have kidlets that don't mind sitting still, I suggest you get up early some time soon, and head out to Dural to experience Wolfe & Co. - I don't think you'll be disappointed x
538 Old Northern Rd, Dural NSW
Mon - Fri: 6am - 4pm
Sat: 7am - 3pm
Sun: 8am -3pm
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