Jack and Daisy. Two too cute names. Jack was my grandfather, and Daisy was very nearly the name of our first born. In this case, this sweet suburban cafe Jack & Daisy, that offers a touch of Brunswick groove in the burbs, is named after the owners grandparents.
We first visited the newly opened Jack & Daisy on a Sunday. At peak breakfast time. And on Mother’s Day! Yep, one of the busiest service periods a family friendly cafe could have. It was pumping and I’ll admit there were a couple of little service hiccups, but on the whole our experience was pretty good.
This cafe space was created with little people in mind – white Ikea highchairs are dotted around the room, there are three toilets, one for Jack, one for Daisy and one for baby too, complete with change table and spare nappies, nappy sacks and wipes. There is a dedicated children’s play corner with a magic tree wall sticker on the wall, little tables and chairs, toys, books, paper, stickers, crayons and chalk. Such a great little concept, but unfortunately in a bad spot, as it is much too close to the kitchen service area for my liking and as a result feels cramped and a bit dangerous.
The little folk are well looked after here with a special menu all nicely priced at just $5 per item. For brunch they can munch on a boiled egg with soldiers, cheesy Vegemite toast, avocado on toast, pancakes with maple syrup and ice cream and chicken schnitzel or battered flathead and chips for lunch.
If it’s just coffee, babycino’s and petite treats you are after (coffees and cino’s are all served with a freckle on the side), then you can’t go past their famous and unique “Ginger Ninja’s”… a nudey-rudey bare gingerbread ninja that is presented with icing pens and smarties so the kids can dress them themselves, then eat them! Nom, nom, nom. What a perfect morning tea or after-school treat… and a hit with the parents too – anything to keep them entertained and occupied that little bit longer.
There are plenty of other home-baked sweets available too, delicious cakes, fudge brownies (which I just had to sample and can highly recommend), muffins etc, mini cupcakes, and racing car choccie treats.
There is a large courtyard area out the back compete with plenty of space to spread out and a brand new cubby-house to play in. A perfect spot to relax in the summer months, and perfect for Mother’s Group catch-ups too.
A fun new family-friendly cafe, which was much needed in this neck of the woods. Just a few teething problems, but the idea and passion is there, so it won’t be long till they have been finessed and forgotten, and judging by the many good things we have heard from local Mamma’s… they are just happy to have found a new haven to flock to during the week, and a cool spot to brunch on the weekend.