Finding ourselves with a rare child free Sunday my partner and I decided to head out to lunch with no real plan in mind until we stumbled across the creatively named Funky Monkey Cafe in Paddington. Unable to resist the name and the furry long armed monkeys dangling from beams and sitting cheekily at the cafe entrance we ventured inside.
There is plenty of seating inside in around four different small areas. This gives the cafe a nice intimate feel which is quite different to the one large room set up of many cafes and restaurants. We chose to sit in the side courtyard which is decorated with old palettes attached to the walls and cleverly adapted to holding herbs. Overall the decor is quirky with each table a different bright colour and those plastic chairs shaped like dogs that are perfect for kids or as stools for adults.
The cafe is open for lunch and all day breakfast. The menu is interesting and full of unusual items catering for paleo, gluten free and vegetarian customers. We overheard the chef explaining how many of the items could be adapted for vegans as well. I opted for the Mushroom and Tofu Soft Tacos. I love tofu and always choose it on the rare occasions I see it on a menu. My partner chose the chicken burger. The chicken burger was a good size and apparently had a delicious blend of interesting flavours. My tacos looked quite small but were delicious and quite filling. Other options were feta stuffed lamb meat balls, duck fat sweet potato chips, kataifi balls, (Brie, haloumi cheese, dates, mint and coriander wrapped in kataifi pastry) Our coffees, one decaf and one regular, were rich and slightly chocolate-y. Neither meal was expensive coming in at $10.90 for the tacos and $14.90 for the burger.
Other menu options include Feta Stuffed Lamb Meat Balls, Salt and Pepper Eggplant, Duck Fat Sweet Potato Chips, Kataifi Balls (haloumi, brie, dates, mint and coriander wrapped in kataifi pastry). All day breakfast included a range of familiar and unusual options such as Fruit Toast, Eggs on Toast, Baby Benny, Asian Organic Sweet Potato Rosti and Vanilla Cashew Butter Pancakes. There is something for all budgets with prices ranging for $4 for toast to $22 for the Mandrill's breakfast. In addition the cafe has three daily salads and a selection of cakes and pastries that I was too scared too look at because I knew I wouldn't be able to resist even though I'm still recovering from the overeating festival of Christmas.
The day we were there it was rainy and it was rather nice to sit inside the cosy cafe looking out into the world as the rain drizzled down. I'll definitely be back to try out some of the other menu options.