1). It's an all day breakfast. This for me is a must. Even though I am actually an early riser, meeting up with friends for breaky almost certainly runs into the afternoon hours on a Sunday. There's nothing worse than having a bacon and egg craving and realising you were 3 and half minutes too late.
While there is a wide range of breaky options (think muesli and yoghurt, smashed avo and soft feta served on Parisian baked bread) my favourites are the "eggs your way" building-block-breaky. You can completely customize your breakfast feast without having to pick the closest item on the menu and add and subtract. Mushrooms, bacon, spinach, avocado, rosti, there's a wide range of options. Each item ranges from 3-4 dollars but the servings are generous - the extra avo being half a large sized avocado.
2). If you don't feel like breakfast you can get a burger during breakfast time. THE burgers. Hubby had a pulled pork knuckle sandwich - served on a brioche bun and BOY was he impressed. The pork literally melted, but was rich with flavour - the tell tale signs of slow cooked goodness.
Being a former vego I often go for the vegetarian options. Other Vegetarians will feel my pain when I say a lot of restaurants and cafes just get it wrong. Making one of your regular dishes minus the meat doesn't guarantee a great meal - and in fact often it's tasteless and disappointing. THIS was not one of those times.
A zucchini and sweet potato burger served on a brioche bun with feta and a leafy salad. Simple, slightly sweet and salty, and filling. The best cafe vego option that I've had in a while. We ordered a side of chips that came with paprika aioli. Not too salty and perfectly crisp. Chips - so simple, yet so many people do them wrong. Again - not one of those cases.
4). Even though their dishes are a little bit posh, there are no wanky waiters or chefs. Nothing was out of the question, the staff literally look like an eclectic group of fashion design students, and the chefs in the open kitchen are quiet (unusual) and smiling.
6). Adults can order off the kids' menu. I am not a big eater and I often wish I could have had a smaller serve so this for me was perfect AND one of the dishes on the children's menu was waffles. Waffles with berries and ice-cream. I would have a child JUST do that I could order the waffles. Lucky for me and my husband - I can just order them.
Adult friendly waffles
7). Everything on the menu can be made takeaway. After my husband demolished his pork knuckle burger he asked for one takeaway to find out everything can be taken home. And the final deciding factor for me - great tea. A good selection of teas, brewed well.