Cafeteria was described to me as a “home away from home” by a local Black Rock resident and business owner. And for many others who live in the area, this too is their first choice for a relaxed weekend breakfast with the family, tasty lunch complete with glass of wine, or a sneaky coffee and clafouti mid-week with a fellow Mum (that’s right, they had chocolate and quince clafouti on the menu when we were there – looked like heaven served in its own little pan, steaming hot with vanilla ice cream on top!).
Cafeteria, open for breakkie, lunch and all day snacks, is located on a corner site, in the middle of the Black Rock shopping strip, which for me (being the city chick that I am) had a very holiday seaside village vibe. Very laid-back, friendly and relaxed.
Little ones are very welcome here and very well looked after too. There is a special menu for the kiddie’s which includes both breakfast and lunch/dinner choices to tempt their little tastebuds, including a free range egg and soldiers, banana pancakes, fruit sundae, coconut bread and fruit snack plate and crumbed fish and fries.
They will also be kept entertained with a good selection of books, games, puzzles and pencil cases full of colouring in gear. I was most impressed as the books and games were in very good condition and most importantly were CLEAN!
No changing facilities here, however there’s definitely space for prams – there was a Bugaboo and a double Mountain Buggy (which is huge) inside when we were there and it did not feel cramped at all. There is also plenty of seating on the footpath outside, so a perfect spot to soak up some rays, especially if there is a group with a few prams.
The food here is very good. Classic dishes using good quality, seasonal ingredients and all beautifully presented. It was a toss up between the waffles, served with lemon mascarpone and pistachios, or the ricotta hotcakes which won in the end, lightly dusted with icing sugar and served with poached seasonal fruit and honey cinnamon yoghurt. Divine! My little one and I shared them as there were 4 on the plate, so plenty for both of us. She loved them too and ate a whole one to herself before moving on to Daddy’s meal and helping him polish off his Eggs Benedict.
Lunch and snacks include antipasto, calamari, soup of the day, grilled chicken salad, risotto, pasta and lasagne. The coffee is very good, the tea is from T2 and there is a nice little wine list as well. A great bayside family spot!
PS – Just a few doors down is a gorgeous baby and children’s boutique, Little by Little. They stock many of our favourite brands – Mini & Miss Metalicus, Fred Bare, Two Belles, Big by Fiona Scanlan and more.