In a sea of Marrickville, hipster cool, Kelby’s is definitely not a place for the poseurs. It’s an old school, neighbourhood cafe. Old school, in that it serves generous, portions of everything and is laid back and friendly. This is a cafe for all ages, attracting a clientele of loyal locals who know their plates will be stacked high every time they visit. It’s the perfect place for parents to feel comfortable even with a gripey baby or grumbling toddler in tow.
And if you are a family that feels like a bit of privacy, there is a comfy, homely room out the back which seats 8 people and can be booked ahead of a visit. This space feels like someone’s living room and is decorated with posters for local events and is complete with cushions, throws and couches to clamber. It has a defunct fireplace, a toy box and a bookshelf loaded with lots of kids’ books.
Understandably this room is popular with families and mothers’ groups so it shows a lot of wear and tear, and it certainly won’t win any design awards but it is super practical and means parents don’t have to be anxious about jammy little hand prints destroying the paintwork or precious ornaments being smashed. And as it’s set out the back, away from child free patrons, it also means a tantrum will have little or no affect on other’s dining experience!
The coffee here is carefully made with a good crema and is a full bodied, italian style blend. Many of the dishes have a middle eastern influence, such as the Egyptian saute of sweet potato with fetta, dukkah, humous and poached eggs and there are the usual brekkie favourites of french toast, savoury or sweet and eggs benedict with asparagus served on toasted croissants.
There is no set kids’ menu but there are small bites of toast, muffins and banana breads available as well as babycinos for little ones to sip. There is outside seating but it’s on a fairly busy road. A perfect place for a family centred, sharing brunch on weekends.