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Published May 9th 2019
Feed your gardeners soul & empty belly here
Frankie's Food Factory has arrived in Sydney's south-west, sprouting up in the new Flower Power Garden Centre at Milperra which opened in April 2019. Surrounded by floral inspiration and displaying a relaxed country charm, Frankie's is now open for business every day of the week for breakfast and lunch, and everything in between.
From the moment you enter Frankie's Food Factory the feeling is warm and welcoming. The interior of the café is awash with greenery, both around the room and hanging from the ceiling. The café is a decent size with plenty of tables to choose from and a mix of both indoor and outdoor seating options. I would describe the styling as Grandma's rustic country kitchen meets retro café chic (not sure if that is even a thing but let's just go with it). The vibrant fruit stall in the middle of the restaurant is a really cute addition and adds to the whole relaxed, country feel.
However, when it comes to food there is nothing retro about Frankie's. The focus is on modern classics, with inspiration taken from flavours all around the world, and includes gluten-free and vegetarian options.
I would describe the menu as extensive, five whole pages brimming with a wide variety of food and beverage options. There is a breakfast menu which runs until 11.30am each day, when the lunch menu takes over and continues until 4.30pm when the kitchen closes. There are also a number of favourites that can be ordered all day (look for the star icon on the menu).
Breakfast dishes include french toast, acai and green bowls, omelettes, pancakes, eggs, breakfast burgers, wraps and a range of breaky bruschettas. We ordered the Brunch Bruschetta which consists of organic sourdough toast with zaatar, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, chilli labneh, pomegranate, flaked almonds and fresh mint. It was tasty and very colourful!
The Avocado & Feta Smash is one of those popular dishes that is available to order all day and was my choice for lunch. There were two slices of sourdough toast, avocado and rosemary feta, poached free range eggs and pickled onions. The serving of feta was really generous and I really enjoyed this dish.
For lunch, the café has an even greater range - nachos, loaded fries, burgers, wraps, bagels, salads and poke bowls, seafood, ribs, schnitzel, lamb, pasta and skewers.
My dining companion ordered the Chicken Wrappy for lunch which consists of Frankie's special marinated chicken with melted cheese, onion, avocado, lettuce, tomato and chilli mayo. This dish is served with a generous serving of fries. The verdict? Very nice and flavoursome but it had a bit of a kick to it which was unexpected.
There is also a special menu just for kids which is served all day and includes fresh fruit, mini pancakes, eggs, cheese toastie, spaghetti, schnitzel, fish & chips, mini cheeseburger, nuggets, ribs and gelato.
But wait there's more. A decadent dessert menu which features fried oreo stacks, apple and cranberry crumble, churros, waffles and even a dessert burger. If you can't decide you can always opt for Frankie's Sweet Platter which includes four different desserts. Beverages include hot chocolates, loaded shakes, smoothies, spiders, slushies, fresh lemonade, freshly squeezed juices and an alcoholic drinks menu to boot.
Meal prices range from around $16 - $28, so it's not the cheapest café around but the servings are generous and there is so much variety. To see the full Menu and prices please click here.
While we didn't have room for dessert on this visit, we did finish our lunch with coffees and tea. Frankie's offers Vittoria coffee which was served on a charming individual timber board. The teapot and coffee mugs (not pictured) are also a nice homely touch.
Parents with young children will be pleased to hear there is a large enclosed playground area positioned adjacent to the café, so it is possible to watch your children in the playground while you eat. That's definitely a win! The playground includes slides, climbing equipment, building blocks and more.
A playground next to the café - that's a win for parents!
Not only is the café child-friendly, but they are also pet-friendly too. Yes, animal lovers, all well-behaved furry friends are welcome at Frankie's.
As the café is located inside the Garden Centre, members of the Flower Power Garden Lover's Club have the added benefit of receiving a 5% discount at the café. All you need to do is show your membership card when paying.
Frankie's Food Factory is located at 479 Henry Lawson Drive, Milperra, inside the Flower Power Garden Centre. You can check out their website here or follow on Instagram or Facebook.