Passing through Clayfield the other day I decided to drop in to Let Minnow Cafe for brunch. The former aquarium building has been transformed into a cute, modern cafe beautifully decorated with shades of yellow, white and grey. It had a fishy vibe with bright yellow fish wallpaper and fish puns on the wall and in the menu.
It was a Tuesday morning and I was surprised to see many of the tables occupied. It must be a popular place amongst the locals. Nevertheless, there were plenty of tables available.
Looking at the menu, there were masses to choose from. For a lighter choice, just order the fruit toast, muesli or breakfast sandwich. They also had more substantial meals in the $16 - $22 range as well as a display cabinet full of delicious looking sweet and savoury treats. If you were after lunch, pick from the various salads and burgers available. Drinks included the usual: milkshakes, coffees, smoothies as well as other bottled drinks. They also had kids' meals from $5 and drinks from $1.5.
I was ravenous and ready to devour some scrumptious bites. I ordered The Shore Thing, which consisted of two poached eggs, two slices of haloumi, avocado, bacon, rocket and dukkah on sourdough. When the plate came out, I was pretty impressed visually. It looked so fresh and delicious and I couldn't wait to dig in.
As I chomped away at my breakfast, I must say it was a little underwhelming. It wasn't a gastronomic blowout, but not bad nevertheless. Despite the fact that the food was a little disappointing, coffee was good, atmosphere was fantastic and service was warm and friendly. The cafe felt spacious and you could walk between the tables without having to hold your handbag in the air and sucking in your stomach as you shuffled sideways to your table. You could also place your pram next to some of their tables.
I'd be keen to go back and give their other menu items a try. There was indoor and outdoor seating and if you had a furry friend, you could bring them along if you like. This place was child friendly with plenty of high chairs available. They also had their own toilets, which were super clean and big enough to fit a pram. And forget about changing your baby on the floor or in your pram because they also provided a change table! So often I get annoyed having to get a toilet key from the counter and go around to the back of the building to a dark toilet with a pram.
Now, I wish I had one of these cafes near where I lived because it would really motivate me to go out for a walk. It'd be so nice to be able to just stop by and have a coffee before heading home. That would be one of the perks of having one of these delightful cafes in the suburbs.
Eating out for me isn't just about the food anymore. For me it's also about all the other little things. So I would come back here to try their other menu items. I would also come back because this place was child and pet friendly, and most importantly, their service was great. I felt comfortable and welcome.
Overall, I liked it. The atmosphere was fantastic; the cafe was bright and airy, the staff were friendly, the menu was interesting and the cafe was pram and wheelchair accessible. So if you're ever in the area, pop in for a coffee or a meal.