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The Little Banksia Cafe

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by BecSorby (subscribe)
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
Published May 20th 2017
Child-friendly Kensington café serving awesome pancakes
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.)

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The Little Banksia in Kensington


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!)

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Inside the cafe.


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.

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The cafe counter.


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.

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The buttermilk pancakes


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.

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Pot of tea


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.

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Oooh, babyccino!


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.

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The kids' play room


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.

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You can book a table in the kids' room


Unfortunately, I didn't get to try the coffee, which smelled superb. But that just means I'll have to come back in a few weeks and give it a go.
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Why? Delicious buttermilk pancakes and a kids' play area in Kensington
When: Weekdays 7:30am to 3:30pm and weekdays 7am to 2pm
Phone: 6468 6514
Where: 78 Banksia Terrace, Kensington
Cost: Reasonable
Your Comment
Great article, Bec - love your writing!
by Elaine (score: 3|6681) 881 days ago
Great article I live within walking distance so often a meeting place to catch up with friends
by erica (score: 0|3) 880 days ago
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