You know how the story starts. Two kids, hungry because it's been five minutes since they last ate, searching for pancakes in the middle of the city. Lucky Caffe Cherry Beans was a quick walk from where we were staying.
Now, I'm from Perth, so I wasn't aware that Cherry Beans is actually part of a large franchise that spreads from Queensland to the ACT. Franchises don't always have a great reputation when it comes to innovative food and great service, so if I had known this, it's possible I might have headed elsewhere.
But after checking the menu and assuring my starving daughters they had both pancakes and French Toast, we headed in and took a seat at a cute little corner table, hidden behind a pole where we could stare at the people walking up and down Pitt and Liverpool Street.
The breakfast menu at Cherry Beans – including from the ubiquitous pancakes ($12) and French Toast ($12) – is pretty standard. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You will find your eggs on toast ($7), bruschetta ($8.50), big breakfast ($16.50) and eggs Benedict ($13/$14) along with a few other options.
I ordered the Cherry Beans Breakfast ($15.50) because it sounded a little different: a mixture of scrambled egg, crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes and sautéed garlic mushrooms served with toasted sourdough and a small bowl of chilli oil. Apart from the logistical issues involved in getting all the little bits onto a piece of toast without it all falling off again, it was a really tasty meal. And even though I initially avoided the chilli oil, I drizzled a few drops onto the toast and over the eggs and it really added a welcome kick.
Cherry Beans is small and doesn't really break any boundaries, but the servings are generous and the price is good. We all enjoyed our breakfast and I particularly liked the old school rock music they were playing. They were also open at 7.30am on a Saturday morning when other nearby places in and around World Square were closed.
A perfectly satisfactory breakfast, and great for kids.