Highchair. Tick. Change table. Tick. Pram access. Tick. Kid’s menu. Tick. Kid’s play area. Tick. Sandpit. Tick. Baby-cino’s. Tick. The Butcher’s Den doesn’t get a 5 outta 5 for nothing! This place is spacious, noisy, fun, and full of crazy kids, cheeky toddlers, crying babies, prams and breast feeding mums. It is a VERY kid-friendly cafe!
What makes The Butcher’s Den special and different is the great outdoor courtyard area complete with shade cloth and sand pit and room to run around and play. However it is only really suitable in the warmer/dryer months. On the rainy morning when we were there, unfortunately the outdoor area was not an option, however, indoors it was still by far one of the most kid friendly cafes around. I think there were kids and babies on every table (and the place was chockers!) all except for one, where there was a young couple enjoying a coffee over the Sunday papers. Perhaps not the relaxing Sunday morning they had in mind?
The food here is good, not great, but good. Breakfast is the standard eggs, bacon and sides and of course some toast, fruit toast and Bircher thrown in for good measure. It is quite simple and basic in style and lacks the gourmet edge of other well-known breakfast spots on this side of town eg: no lemon wedge served with the avocado or spinach, little packets of butter like you would get on the plane, and frozen hash browns as opposed to house made potato rostis. However as we all know, when you have kids, you have to make some sacrifices, and if it means having a good meal as opposed to a great meal but in an awesome family-friendly venue with all the kid-friendly options you could think of, then that suits me fine.
Lunch is a different story and I think this is where they shine. Their lunches are definitely a step up from their breakfasts – club sanga, steak sanga, crispy squid salad, and their homemade Birdie’s sausage rolls, boreks, cabbage rolls, eggplant rolls and arancini as well as pide’s, delicious fresh salads and pies with home made relish. They also have a wide selection of pastries, cakes, brownies and tarts that are all baked in-house.
They have a pretty varied kid’s menu on offer too – Frog in a hole, grilled cheese on toast, ham and cheese soldiers, macaroni and cheese, chipolata hot dogs, mini beef and cheese burgers, and for something healthy they have a yoghurt cup with berry compote, or fruit salad, and for something sweet there is fairy bread and vanilla cupcakes. So I am sure there is something here to please even the fussiest of eaters.
The courtyard area is available for kid’s birthday parties, and they also offer off-premises catering.