Sydneysiders you need to know about this new cafe located right on the Princes Highway in Kogarah. The cafe I am talking about needs to be on your agenda, as it is home to great coffee, some seriously tasty food and the occasional goat. Sydneysiders, let me introduce you to theLaughing Goat Cafe.
The Laughing Goat Cafe is located in the front of the Southern Antiques Centre. If you are driving along the Princes Highway just look out for the colourful metal goats on the pavement at No.243 and occasionally the real deal may even be there when Buddy the goat comes for a visit. If you are travelling north along the highway look out for the awesome graffiti street art of the Red Head telling you to have a goat day! On weekends parking is available in front of the cafe and during the week one of the side streets will be your best option.
As soon as you walk into the Laughing Goat you feel as though you have entered a retro nirvana. Whilst the cafe is small in size it's big on impact. Homage to the goat is everywhere. The lovely owners Jenna and Todd are passionate foodies and animal lovers. When trying to work out a name for their cafe they decided to name it after their favourite animal the good old goat! Apparently goats like a laugh, just like Jenna and Todd do, so hence they came up with the moniker of the Laughing Goat Cafe.
Once you take your seat your eye is drawn to all of the weird and wonderful curios that are hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. Most of these have been scored from the antiques store that is right next door. (The antiques store is owned by Jenna's parents). Adults and children alike will marvel at all of the kooky vintage items not only in the cafe but also in the store. If you need some retail therapy after or before your feast at the Laughing Goat, the antiques shop opens at 10.00am - their range of vintage jewellery and clothing is outstanding.
After you have taken in your surrounds it is time to enjoy some of the Laughing Goat's yummy fodder. The front counter is heaving with all sorts of delicious sweet treats. The Black Poison muffins and brownies looked and smelt delicious. You can gorge yourself on muffin flavours such as raspberry & white chocolate, cherry ripe and poached pear & almond. There is also a huge range of home made cakes and tarts, quite a few of which are gluten free. Treat yourself to one of these delights with a perfectly brewed coffee and you will feel as though you have died and gone to somewhere between goat and foodie heaven.
If you are hankering for something a bit more substantial than you need to try out the Laughing Goat's big breakfast. This bad boy is the perfect meal to kick start your day and also an awesome cure for a hangover. Presented on a huge plate, your food cravings will be satisfied with chorizo, bacon, perfectly cooked eggs, sourdough, tomato, avocado, a smiley hash brown and some salad which I'm sure is there to make you feel less guilty about all of the calories you just inhaled!
If the big breakfast is just a bit too big for you then I would thoroughly recommend you try the eggs benedict with smoked salmon. This was the stand out dish on the menu for me.To start with the presentation of this dish is beautiful, with the curls of smoked salmon and fanned avocado, it looked as good as it tasted. The house made hollandaise sauce was expertly made and I think I can go as far as to say it is one of the best in Sydney!
If you arrive at lunch time the kitchen cranks out some delicious sounding sandwiches, burgers, salads, fish & chips and the wholesome sounding vegie stack - chargrilled peppers, zucchini, eggplant, portobello mushrooms, baby spinach, crumbled fetta and drizzled with pesto oil and served with a side of home made babaganoush.
If you are dining with kids like we were, they have a few options especially for them. For breakfast there is tiger toast - vegemite and melted cheese on sourdough and at lunch time they serve the good old favourites, fish & chips as well as nuggets & chips. Our boys road tested one of the raspberry & white chocolate muffins which looked oh so cute when it arrived at the table as it had been served with coulis and sprinkles, as well as the tiger toast. Both were winners in the kidlet stakes and devoured quickly.
I need to mention how kid friendly the Laughing Goat Cafe is. You would think being located in an antique shop, that kids would not be welcome but that is most definitely not the case. To start with they serve an awesome babycino that is absolutely free, there is a box of toys for kids to play with and if children are very well behaved and eat all of their food they might receive their very own little toy from Jenna. Back when Jenna was a kid, her Mother made her and her siblings keep all the toys that they received with their Happy Meals from McDonalds just in case they became antiquities! This hasn't happened so Jenna now has the toys to give out to her well behaved customers and they are still in their original wrapping!
During school holidays they are going to host "Goat Days". A small herd of goats will gather in the backyard of the cafe and kids can come down and have a pet and witness first hand if goats really do laugh! The backyard is going to have a make over soon and it will become an outdoor eating area for the cafe. Not only will this space be kid friendly (they are hoping to install a playground) but it will also be dog friendly.Your little fur babies will have their very own menu as well and the proceeds from any profits made will go to the RSPCA. So make sure you like the Laughing Goat's facebook page to keep updated on their progress.