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Published August 29th 2012
There's a great new little cafe in Hawthorne called Bungalow 4171. 'Little' is the operative word - the only catch is due to its small size you'll need to time your visit right, or not mind waiting for a table. This particular Sunday morning, we were lucky enough to be able to nab a table outside on the relaxed deck chairs, where we could watch the happenings of Hawthorne unfold around us.
The cafe itself really is small bungalow with a plush 1930's feel. Green wallpaper covers one wall, and plants encased in birdcages hang outside. A beautiful plume of peacock feathers sits in a vase on the counter next to equally beautiful looking sweet treats. Two small metal stools slipped under a bench by the wall, overlook the oversized window and would be the perfect place to catch the morning sun. The cafe feels pleasingly comfortable and cosy, albeit somewhat noisy and chaotic when busy.
The front outside area, however, was the real prize on this Spring morning, complete with blankets to keep our knees warm and enough space to accommodate my active preschooler and two high chairs for the babies.
my parents in law enjoying the deck chairs and blankets out the front of Bunglow 4171
The breakfast I ordered - sweet potato rosti with poached eggs - was another prize, as it was absolutely delicious. The menu is interesting - not just your usual bacon and eggs traditional breakfast, with prices for breakfasts mainly under $20. But it is the small touches and the delicious coffee that make this place somewhere to return to.
The coffee is Genovase and served with a Herseys chocolate kiss on the side. The milo milkshake ordered for my son came with a striped, paper straw, which added to the nice retro character, although was met with bafflement from my preschooler and bemusement from his grandparents. In general, the kids were well catered for with selections of fruit platters, toast and many other treats for only a few dollars.
One of the things that made this experience stand out for us was the staff. Every one was attentive and friendly, with not a surly teenage face in sight. The owner of Bungalow 4171, Angela, has a solid customer service background, and it shows, although she is new to the cafe scene.
Angela started Bungalow 4171 because she wanted to try something different - something that she got positive and immediate feedback from. And I'm sure, judging her cafe's popularity that she gets a lot of positive and immediate feedback.