I wanted to go out for breakfast. It's what I do. But today I had my gorgeous two year old with me, so somewhere with a slide or park was in order. Stickybeaks Café in the grounds of the Ivey Watson playground in Kings Park seemed an obvious destination.
I have had plenty of breakfasts at Stickybeaks, and while it hasn't been the cheapest destination, the food has proven to be generous and tasty. They do a fascinating German omelette for around $17 with potato and bacon and it is so filling you can skip lunch. For something different there is a Greek omelette with olives and spinach, if I remember correctly. I just didn't realise that the breakfast menu only operates from Thursdays to Sundays. Checked my calendar – today was Tuesday. Rats.
No worries, on other days the café runs off its blackboard menu and extensive range of pre-made sweet and savoury foods. There is a permanent line of little noses pressed up against the glass case staring at the bounty of muffins, cakes, slices and biscuits inside. If you think it is challenging trying to finish your breakfast with a hyper two year old wanting to run and play, try and make your choice between the chocolate mud muffin and the almond and orange muffin. Save yourself the stress, just get both.
I ordered the bacon and avocado roll ($8.50) which is reasonably priced but a little light on the flavour. It could well do with a chutney or relish to help it along, but the roll was soft and the filling plentiful. My friend ordered the Chicken Ranch burger ($10.50). So what if it was only 9am. The burger was made with chicken breast, ranch dressing, grilled capsicum and fresh tomato and lettuce. Messy, but tasty. The two year old enjoyed her babycino ($2.50) which was warmed but not dangerously so. She chose a gingerbread man out of the dessert case but then refused to eat it. She ate our breakfasts instead.
Miss Two approves of her babycino - chocolate milk, froth and marshmallows
Other blackboard offerings include a superdog, steak sandwich, fish and chips, fish burger and hamburger ranging between $5.50 and $11.50. They make sandwiches and rolls to order as well as the huge range of frittatas, quiches, salads, pastries and other savoury goodies in their cabinet. There are as many choices of food as grains of sand that will inevitably wind up in the back of your car after the kids are let loose in the sandpits.
The sandpits - and swings, slides, pirate ship, climbing frames, musical-whacking things and numerous other bits of equipment - are obviously why you come to Stickybeaks in the first place. The playground is fantastic, enormous and totally free. It helps that the food and coffee is good too, but you are just as welcome to bring a picnic along.
Technically a gated playground (though kids always seem to escape via the café) it can get very busy on weekends and during school holidays, but that is because it is a great child-friendly destination. Even if you don't have kids, the breakfast menu and leafy surroundings make it a pleasant place to breakfast.