I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Despite visiting on a miserable, rainy day in Perth, my little girl and I struggled to find a free table at The Little Banksia Cafe in Kensington – always a good sign, right?
On this occasion, it was a good sign. The busy nature was clearly testament to the popularity of this place. But it wasn't just popular with one particular crowd – there were lone diners, couples, friends enjoying a catch up, mums with kids and even a couple with a dog (sitting outside undercover.)
I'd decided to try this place as I'd heard it has a kids' room, although of course when we visited there were no free tables even remotely in the vicinity of this area (except one table, which had a reserved sign on it. I noted the group never turned up at the designated time. Boo!)
It was a pancakes and tea kind of day, so that's exactly what I ordered, plus a babyccino for my little girl. The buttermilk pancakes sounded kind of fancy – served with poached pear, candied walnuts, chocolate crumb and vanilla cream. All up it was $23 for everything, which is a little on the pricey side for my liking, but I desperately needed a change from banana bread.
Our drinks and meal were served quickly by a friendly waitperson. As for the pancakes, fancy was not the word – spectacular is more like it. The dish looked even better than it sounded and was sprinkled with some cute little flowers.
The pancakes were light and fluffy, while the vanilla cream tasted simply delightful with the crumbed chocolate. It was served with a little pot of caramel sauce, which was a bit sweet for me, but everything else about the dish was just delicious.
My little girl was more interested in feeding me her babyccino than actually drinking it herself, even though it was served with a couple of chocolate coated tiny teddies. Oh well, those fine motor skills of hers are certainly getting better.
Once she started getting restless, it was time to check out the play room. It has a cute little table and chairs in one corner with books and a basket of toys, but most of the room is taken up with a six-seat table, which is a bit of a shame, as it could be utilised solely as a play room, given how popular the place was with parents and kids, but obviously they need to space for seats.
The Little Banksia is open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays from 7:30am to 3:30pm and from 7am to 2pm on weekends. The menu has favourites such as bacon and eggs, mixed in with current trends like smashed avo on toast. Along with food and coffee, they also serve smoothies, sandwiches and wraps.