When you google Bada Bing, it's important that you click on the one that says 'café' and not the one that says 'nightspot'. One is a strip club, and it's safe to say it wasn't the one I took my daughters to for breakfast today.
It's also safe to say that the Bada Bing we visited for brekky is a lot more family friendly. Less nudity to begin with, and it's also across the road from the beautiful Jackadder Lake and a wonderful, shaded playground. It makes sense that Bada Bing is family friendly, as it is run by husband and wife team Nathan and Simona Sharp, and they have small children of their own.
I have eaten there for lunch and dinner previously, and always enjoyed my meal. This time it was breakfast on my mind, and with two breakfast menus (there are extra offerings on weekends) I knew there should be something to tempt my fussy kids.
Although there are no pancakes on offer during the week (they are available on weekends) there are plenty of other options including French Toast with natural honey and yoghurt ($16), two types of omelette ($18), bacon and eggs ($15.50), croissant with jam ($9), and on weekends pancake stack ($16), eggs benedict/florentine ($18) and the big breakfast ($20).
It's a conventional and modest menu with one or two more unusual offerings.
The daybreaker ($18) was two pieces of toasted bread, two poached eggs with a colourful medley of sautéed roast capsicum, olives, cherry tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and fetta. The eggs were about 30 seconds over and the olives still had their pits, but otherwise it was a tasty and filling dish.
On weekends, they offer a house-made baked bean dish ($18) with a mix of cannellini beans and chickpeas, baked in a tomato sauce with a poached egg, pork and fennel sausage and dukkah toasted Turkish bread.
I ordered a serve of the French toast for the girls and asked for two plates and the honey and yoghurt to be served separately. It was no trouble at all. The tangy natural yoghurt wasn't a hit with my girls, but that's normal for them. They devoured the toast.
I really like the room at Bada Bing. It has just the right amount of colour, just the right amount of light. The big windows make it airy and bright, the wood-look floors make it feel modern and the great wall of wallpaper gives it a funky, inviting feel.
BadaBing is open all day so it is perfect for morning and afternoon tea, and the views over the lake give you something to look at while you contemplate the difficult decision of which cake to eat. The gluten-free orange and almond cake or the baked passionfruit cheesecake? Perhaps the lime brulee or the chocolate marquise cake?
It doesn't matter, all the cakes are $7.90 each and come with cream, and for an extra $1 you can add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to your calorie feast.
Just go for a run around the lake afterwards, it'll be fine.
The lunch and dinner menu is extensive. Well, the dinner one is with separate sections for breads, entrees, mains, salads, risottos and pastas. The lunch one seems to only have three options (best to confirm this, because it might be that these three options are additional to the full menu).
But what great lunchtime offerings they are: the chicken pita plate ($18) includes free range roast chicken, semi sundried tomato, avocado, crumbled goats fetta, mozzarella cheese, onion relish and dill mayo, served with white balsamic dressed rocket and cherry tomatoes.
They also offer a bacon Turkish sub ($18) which comes served with wedges (a vegetarian option is also available) and the interesting sounding Bada Bing Platter for One ($22) of crispy soft shell crab, slow roasted pork belly, wild mushroom arancini, creamy chicken pate, Pecorino cheese, Asian marinated olives and sundried tomato tapenade served with fresh Italian bread. Perfect!
Service is very friendly, and the prices are in keeping with the surrounding area. They are fully licenced but you can also BYO (wine only) for $7 a bottle. If you're celebrating a birthday, they will let you bring a cake for the cakeage charge of $1.50pp, and they also do catering and private function. They pretty much do everything.
The only thing they don't have is table dancing… that's the other Bada Bing, in Kings Cross.
My heart was in my mouth when I read the first line of this report lol! I have just set up a small business called BADA and Bing, hand printing tees and cards... glad there is a family friendly version!