The Melting Room Cafe

The Melting Room Cafe


Posted 2017-02-21 by Brydie Wrightfollow
"Honey, why don't we go for breakfast today? It's 11.30am but I hear they are doing great all-day breakfasts in that trendy new café down by the water. And we can read the papers leisurely while we are there. I hear it's expensive but who cares, we can afford it, ha, ha. Quality smashed avocado and quinoa is well worth paying for."

This is a true and documented conversation between a married couple with two children under five.... Just kidding!

The reality of the situation is that if it is a red-letter day and you are fortunate and brave enough to be venturing out for breakfast with the kids, you'll look for somewhere close by, somewhere affordable and somewhere relaxed with family-friendly service.

The Melting Room Café on Lake Park Road at North Narrabeen is just such a place. Nestled on the corner of the street adjacent to the popular NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park and Narrabeen Lake inlet, there is ample access to parking in the surrounding area and if you're lucky, a spot in the beach carpark, directly across the road.

For breakfast, in particular, this is one of my top recommendations for family friendly 'dining' in Narrabeen and I'd be delighted to share why it makes this list.

Every time we've ever been there for breakfast, I've been served by Damien, who has managed the café for the past two years. He's a hard-working man and though all his staff are friendly and professional, his familiar presence lends heart to the business. I enjoy the way he makes my son feel welcome by acquiescing to his rather persistent requests for a marshmallow while he waits for his meal. Traditionally, his choice is a fresh milkshake and toast, or if he's lucky, a crispy bowl of chips.

The café is light and airy with a beach feel. You can sit indoors at one of the large benches, or choose one of the family tables (with high chair). There's also the option to dine al fresco, if you have a pooch, or enjoy the beach air. Like any popular café, it can get busy during peak times but we've never had a problem getting a table and the café model is such that the turn-over of customers is continuous and the food service moves at a good pace.

Counter service can work well on several levels. When you're eating with kids, you can put in your order and pre-pay, enabling a quick getaway when the tantrums break, or, if you're eating with another family, you can pay for your own meals and don't have to worry about awkward split bills.

The Melting Room's menu is 'melt in the mouth' with breakfast and lunch favourites and Kids Meals (for $9.90). Popular specials include a bacon and egg roll and coffee for $10 (bargain!), or fish and chips with soft drink for $14.95. The prices in general, are comparable with other local sit-down cafes and reasonable for the quality and size of the servings. My personal favourite breakfast is the Haloumi stack with poached eggs, spinach and pesto sauce for $14.90 but all the traditional bacon, egg and burger varieties are on offer too.

I've always looked forward to my visits to The Melting Room and with speciality coffee, an appealing menu and beachside location, it's got it all. There is a time and place for trendy, gourmet cafes but at this point in our lives, my husband and I are looking for ease of dining with our child, and value for money, and this local gem fits the bill perfectly.

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