Zamia Café has it all: water views, nearby playgrounds, ample parking and the best looking dessert cabinet in the Western Suburbs. I probably loitered in front of it a little too long, as my companion needed to remind me we were there for breakfast, and the cake I was eyeing off probably didn't fall under the jurisdiction of breakfast.
Located near the Synergy Playground in Kings Park, Zamia has all the benefits of being located near a fantastic playground without being overrun by children the way Stickybeaks can be.
Recently renovated, the room is open and bright with seating both indoors and out. There is plenty of room to park a pram and the café is very child-friendly with a dedicated kids menu, and high-chairs available.
I was breakfasting with Miss Month who wasn't interested in much except napping, and a friend who has become a bit of an Eggs Benedict eggspert. Sorry. At $17.50 it may seem a little pricey but when it arrived, it was clearly good value for money, with two enormous free range poached eggs, fresh spinach, sliced ham, bucket loads of Hollandaise sauce on a toasted Italian loaf. When a grown man finds it difficult to finish, you know the serving has been very generous.
I was all over the Smoked Salmon Brioche ($20.00) having missed smoked salmon during my pregnancy. I wasn't disappointed, the amount of salmon was very generous, the brioche soft and buttery, the three asparagus spears were nicely crunchy and the two poached eggs, although a tad overcooked, were quite possibly the largest eggs I have ever seen.
Also on the breakfast menu is the Full Breakfast ($22) with eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns, chipolatas and toast. They call it the Zamia Challenge, and given the serving sizes I can imagine it's not one to take lightly. Other items include a Vegetarian Breakfast ($21), Buttermilk Pancakes with Roasted Pears, Blueberries and Cinnamon Mascarpone ($17.50) and Homemade Baked Beans with Chorizo, Egg and Feta ($18).
There are also many smaller options such as croissants, fruit and nut bread, fruit salad and granola on the breakfast menu, which is served daily from 8am until 11.30am at which point the lunch menu kicks in.
The lunch menu is large and varied and includes reliable lunch options such as quiche ($17.50), toasted focaccias ($15) and fish and chips ($25) to the more substantial offerings of red duck curry ($26), veal schnitzel ($24) and prawn fettuccine ($25).
The café closes at 3pm which is a pity, but it is available at night for corporate or private events in the warmer months.
As with most of the cafes and restaurants in Kings Park, Zamia can get very busy on weekends (you can make bookings on 9388 6700 for Saturdays, but not Sundays which are walk-in only) but during the week it is a very pleasant option, with prompt and friendly service and pricey but good quality meals.
And that cake cabinet. But that probably needs its own dedicated review, for which I am happy to volunteer.
We were near the Synergy playground a week ago today and went past the Zamia Cafe. I thought it would be a great place to eat, as it looked very inviting. The kids had just eaten a sandwich before we went past. We'll be sure to go in next time. Great review Shannon.