Walking around Sydney on a very hot day is not my idea of fun when you have kidlets in tow. No matter how many promises you give them, there will always be complaints about the most trivial of things. So today when it peaked around 37 degrees in old Sydney town, my boys were particularly grizzly as we wandered around Darling Harbour after seeing an IMAX film. We opted for an early lunch hoping that some sustenance may appease them, but then it dawned on us that it was Valentines Day! All of the restaurants in the area were either fully booked with lovers, or were charging ridiculous prices. Then I remembered seeing some snaps of a cute cafe next to the Maritime Museum that Adventure Baby had taken, so off we went to find it.
Yots Waterside Cafe is located on the outside of the main entrance building to the National Maritime Museum. However you don't have to visit the museum to eat at the cafe. This pretty cafe has gorgeous views over the water to the city and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. We arrived at about 11.30am and hoped that they would be serving an early lunch - and indeedy do they were.
With it being so darn hot, we opted for an inside table. However sitting outside would be just lovely on a cooler day, as you can watch the world go by and kidlets can amuse themselves playing on the large connect four game that is near the entrance. For those of you with really little people in your life, there is plenty of space for prams and access is also easy for them. Excellent toilets can be found right next to the cafe and they contain a parents room with a baby change table!
Yots provides full table service and you can also reserve a table. They also provide food "to go" with the kids lunch box representing great value - $7.50 for a vegemite sandwich, Nudie popper, gold treasure (which I think is a chocolate coin) and a fruit cup! You are not going to find a better value kids meal than this in Darling Harbour that's for sure. Even the adult's fish and chips for $12.50 is good value as they use wild caught Barramundi and you also get a bottle of water included.
The interior of Yots obviously has a nautical theme. Loads of blues combine beautifully with wooden tables and brightly coloured chairs. If you need a high chair just ask one of the friendly members of staff for one, and they will bring it to your table. It was fairly quiet in the cafe when we arrived, but by the time we left most tables were full with mainly tourists - it was really nice eavesdropping on conversations in French, Italian, Japanese and American!
Whilst we waited for our drinks and meals to arrive, the boys played Connect Four and I watched the steady stream of customers stopping in for a takeaway coffee. It was too hot for me to imbibe caffeine (I went with a cooling lemon, lime & bitters instead) but I'm guessing with the number of coffees being brewed that they make a fairly decent one.
The kids menu at Yots has a pirate theme. It includes the usual suspects, just with cute names. The boys went with the Arrgh Mately Lunch ($12) but had a chicken burger instead of the fish/cheese burger. The meal included a juice or fresh fruity milkshake which comes in a plastic cup (big tick). There's a self help water station and babycinos are also available, but they are very expensive at $2.50! A gorgeous little girl on a date with her daddy at the table next to us, had one and it didn't even come with a marshmallow!!
The boy's chicken burger was like a mini slider. Once they dispensed with the lettuce on it (i.e. they threw it on my plate) they gobbled those burgers up and immediately they seem to be in a better mood. Now if you don't want your babes to eat fries, you can choose to have a side salad instead which is great to see. And I was pleased to see that the chicken on the burger was a piece of breast meat and not your typical deep fried patty.
Mr Munch and I had a panini each ($12), but there is so much more on offer. From gourmet salads and burgers to pastas and a shared Ploughman's board there are items for all tastes and diets. And they are fully licensed so you can have a beer, wine or cider to enjoy with your meal - and as a parent you most definitely deserve one, when dining out with grumpy kids!
Now team Little Munch has never visited the National Maritime Museum (which is a bit naughty of us considering that Grandpa Munch was a Commodore in the RAN!) but that will change later this year when a school excursion is taking place to visit there. Anyway if you have paid your entrance fee you can enjoy the Kids on Deck activities that are located in the room next to Yots. This space is fully air conditioned and includes games, art & craft etc. for little people.
So tell me my dear Little Munchers, where is your favourite place to dine at Darling Harbour?
Yots Cafe Website
2 Murray St, Darling Harbour
02 9298 3672
Open 7 days: 10am - 5pm