I was impressed with Fu Manchu for a kid-friendly cafe destination.
The newly opened cafe/restaurant on the corner of Gilbert and Miller streets in Preston, breathes life into a strip that has suffered from ghost-townedness over the past few years. It’s slowly getting better, with some terrific little shops and cafes opening up and this is one of the better ones. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is marketed as “Vietnamese” cuisine, but I’d say it was more asian fusion.
It is huge and decorated in a way that you’d expect from this area – eclectic and slightly industrial with nods to the very asian Christopher Lee and the legend that is Fu Manchu. As the space is so large, it can accommodate little kids “on the explore” while their parents mainline the wonderful coffee they are churning out.
The service is terrific, but let me talk about the kid’s menu for a moment. I get really peevish with cafes that decide that kids will only eat crap. When we go to a nice restaurant with the kids (which happens, ahem, rarely) there is often delicious food options for the adults, and then a tiny menu of fish and chips, chicken and chips or pizza and chips for the kids. My kids like good food. They are reasonably adventurous and whilst they probably wouldn’t order a spicy curry, they can do better than a blah blah and chips. Fu Manchu has a really lovely kids menu that acknowledges that little tackers have more conservative tastes, but it’s still interesting (if a little small). We were there for breakfast so there was the option of berry pancakes – served with berry compote, crushed nuts and ice cream, a “Baby Bennie” – poached egg on muffin with ham and hollandaise and scrambled eggs on toast and avocado.
Last time I looked I was an adult, so I ordered from the main menu. Inky and I split the sweet corn and zucchini fritters – 2 generous fritters served with crispy bacon, avocado salsa, spinach and chilli jam. It’s the kind of food I love for breakfast. What I most love about about Fu Manchu’s breakfast menu is it’s leanings toward Asia – okonomiyaki pancakes, rice congee, asian mushrooms with sourdough and fetta, a big breakfast with japanese tofu. It’s brilliant. A bit different. And it’s all served with a congenial smile and no eyelids batted when your 2 year old unscrews the seat of a stool and ends up looking like a grease monkey.
The only problem I have with the place is that the highchairs are stored right next to the toilet. A definite no-no for me. But everything else was excellent.
- What was the bill? Breakfast for 1 adult and 1 child + 2 coffees – $25.
- Where is it? Fu Manchu, 2 Gilbert Road, Preston
- How kid-friendly is it? 9/10. Kids menu, highchairs (request a wash-down), change table, BYO entertainment.
* This post is not sponsored. Cafe reviews are the opinion of Melbourne Mum, and meals/coffee are paid for out of my own pocket.