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Published September 19th 2012
The child friendly cafe
Just 200 metres down Albert Street, off the beaten track that is Sydney Road lies Maxxii Moo, the self proclaimed "child-friendly" cafe. And it is indeed child-friendly, with an adorable little metallic bull at the front door and a projector playing non-stop cartoons to keep the little ones entertained. These cartoons are not exclusively enjoyed by the children however, as they play all the classics such as old Tom and Jerry cartoons and The Smurfs.
The cafe itself feels very roomy and is extremely well lit owing largely to the fact that two of the four walls are glass. This gives Maxxii Moo are very relaxed feel, which is essential if you want to enjoy your coffee experience with several children running around. It is also situated directly opposite a small park, so is perfect for young families wanting an afternoon at the park followed by a relaxing coffee.
Now the coffee at Maxxii Moo always bemuses me slightly. It always tastes completely fine, in fact I would go so far as to say it is always excellent as far as taste goes, but the froth on my cappuccino always has quite large bubbles in it. The fact that it is like that every single time I've ordered a coffee (and a lot of coffees have been ordered) almost makes me think they do it on purpose. Well, perhaps not, maybe they are just consistently bad at frothing milk, who knows? They also use chocolate syrup for the top of the cappuccino instead of powder, which I quite like, though many people may find too sweet. So basically, the coffee is great, but just don't look too closely.
There's nothing strange about the food however, with a great selection of breakfast and lunch items. My personal favourite is the french toast, with a berry compote and bananas cooked in syrup with a serve of whipped cream. Delectable. I feel I should point out that the kitchen closes at 3pm, so you don't make the same mistake I have made on many occasions of getting there at 4 and asking for breakfast, only to be horrendously let down. You can still get things like focaccias or muffins after 3 though, but nobody really wants focaccias for breakfast.
The staff are all very friendly and welcoming, which is obviously very important if the cafe wants to attract families with young children. It is rarely very busy inside Maxxii Moo so the staff are more than happy to chat to you for a while, which makes a refreshing change from a lot of the cafes in the area, whose staff are usually too rushed off their feet to do anything more than take your order and bring you your food.
Obviously Maxxii Moo is marketed at young families, and they will undoubtedly have a very nice time, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't enjoy it too. I regularly enjoy a nice breakfast (usually the french toast, I seriously recommend it) at Maxxii Moo with my partner, occasionally sneaking glimpses of Tom and Jerry when she isn't looking.