Feeling exhausted and in need of a cup of coffee without one hundred interruptions? Are you so tired that you cannot even plan what to do today with yourself or your little ones?
If you live on the north shore of Sydney, I have a suggestion for you. Go to Mowbray Eatery and have a well deserved breakfast, coffee or lunch. Call a friend and catch up! Or go solo with your children and relax.
Mowbray Eatery (was called Stain Cafe)
Previously known as Stain Café
1 Felton Ave, Lane Cove North NSW 2066
Phone: 02 9427 8083
By Mireia Garriga Seguranyes
The day that I went to Mowbray Eatery was exactly one of those days that I described. I was so tired!!! We sat down and I ordered a babyccino, a cappuccino and the homemade banana, date and walnut bread with ricotta and jam.
The cappuccino was perfect and the banana bread was so good that I am sure that it doesn’t have many competitors, despite banana bread being on every Australian café menu. It was not greasy or oily. You could taste real banana and you could actually find the crunchy walnuts inside the bread.
Tasia, the owner, explained to me that they have been using the same recipe for ten years. The jam was yummy, it was not too sweet and it had the right texture.
When you eat at the Mowbray Eatery, you can tell that the food is real, home made from scratch, and with high quality fresh and seasonal ingredients. This is actually the idea behind it.
Tasia was telling me that they wanted to bring to the table what they would normally eat at home. The Mowbray Eatery team has certainly successfully achieved it.
The blueberry jam brought back memories for me of one of the most authentic breakfast that I ever had. This was more than 10 years ago in a romantic trip to Mallorca, in Sos Ferres d’en Morey.
Every day, the Mowbray Eatery bakes most of the sweet treats that they serve. Besides the banana bread, the stars are the muffins. Look at this picture! Don’t they look delicious?
Something to consider is that the Mowbray Eatery has all day breakfast menu with healthy dishes such as roasted maple & spelt muesli or breakfast salad!
Also, you can choose the classics such as free-range eggs on toast or the big Mowbray (the big brekkie) or the eggs benedict with bacon or Tasmanian salmon.
Of course, there is also a kid’s menu for breakfast and lunch.
The playground is really a drawcard for parents. Fenced, with soft rubber ground, you can sit down and relax, as you have full visibility either from the deck or the veranda.
The play equipment consists in a big pirate ship structure, which is perfect for preschool children. My daughter made a new friend and she did not want to leave! She had so much fun!
I have never had lunch or dinner in the Mowbray Eatery, but I definitely must go back. I would choose the open wagyu rump steak sandwich for lunch, now I know that the food is excellent.
The Mowbray Eatery is the perfect place to go when you have one of those days that you just want to relax and recharge batteries to be able to keep going.
For dinner: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Online reviews promise that the food is as good as breakfast time.
Pram-friendly: Mowbray Eatery is easy to access. It is part of the St Peter’s Green Building (aged care facility). For this reason, it has ramps. Also, the deck is roomy. There is enough space between the tables for the pram.
Parking: There are several car spaces just in front the cafe. However, this first section of Felton Avenue can be busy sometimes, because of the aged care facility.
If you are not lucky to be able to park in front of the café, try the main road (Mowbray Rd) or the streets nearby. You should easily find a spot.
Toilets/Baby change: Yes.
Children’s menu: Yes.
Nearest station: No.
Nearest ferry: No.
Bus stop nearby: Yes, only few metres away from the café. Bus routes 289, 533 and 534.
West Chatswood Library is in the same complex building as the Mowbray Eatery. You might want to plan a morning combining: Story time for pre-schoolers (3-6 years) on Thursdays during school terms, 10.30am – 11.15am, and then have breakfast in the Mowbray Eatery.
West Chatswood Library
565 Mowbray Road West
Lane Cove North NSW 2066
Note: check the times, as it is not always open early in the mornings.
I went to Mowbray Eatery “undercover”. I only mentioned that I was going to review the café after I paid. Then, I had a lovely conversation with Tasia, one of the owners.
She was very happy to hear that I loved it. And the most important: the food was excellent! Well done Mowbray Eatery! It must be challenging finding the right balance between offering quality and a well-priced menu.
I want to dedicate this post to all mums that have partners working long hours, or do shift work that involves night shifts or have a FIFO roster job.
There are hard days, as you all know. But sometimes, a good venue with nice coffee where the children can entertain themselves, like the Mowbray Eatery, it might help to refuel. Isn’t it true?
I can highly recommend the Mowbray Eatery for three good reasons: it is super child friendly (there is an adjacent playground), the food is delicious (everything is home-made) and the service is attentive (which is not so common nowadays).