Three Little Seeds is one of those places that will delight parents and children alike.
It’s located on a (relatively) quiet strip of High Street in Thornbury and like many cafe spots in the inner north, it’s like the freaking Tardis – tiny from the outside, but could fit a small nation of children inside. Unfortunately, there’s no Matt Smith, but you take what you can get.
Three Little Seeds promotes itself as the first genuinely child-friendly (and breast-feeding friendly!) cafe in the area. Personally, I think this is probably a stretch – I could rattle off quite a few cafes that fit that bill. It does tick an awful lot of child-friendly boxes though:
Bright airy space? Tick.
Nappy change facilities for dastardly blowouts? Tick.
High chairs and pram space? Double tick - they even have cute little parking meters for prams in the wide corridor down the back (there are no scantily clad metre maids and you don’t have to pay!)
Activities for the kids? Triple tick with a flourish of Hell Yeah – a teepee (you heard me, a teepee), dressups, oodles of toys and a huge child-height table for drawing.
Child-friendly food? A slight mark followed by a dribble off the page. The food itself is really good, the chef clearly knows what he or she is doing, but there’s not much variety and certainly limited choice for fussy eaters or kids with allergies. We fronted up for lunch and Inky and Scout had the option of soup, homemade fish fingers or eggs (from the breakfast menu). Happily, my children love googs, so it was an easy sell, but for kids allergic to eggs and seafood, there was basically nothing.
There wasn’t much for adults for lunch either – the choices were either salad, soup or a small blackboard of specials. It was disappointing as the food really was excellent – the kids’ eggs were perfectly poached and I had a delicious meal of sweetcorn & ricotta hotcakes with oven-roasted tomatoes and coriander pesto & sour cream (from the breakfast menu – thank god for Melbourne’s all-day-breakfast culture!)
There was one small caveat. When the meal came, I noticed there was no sour cream on the plate. The waiter hadn’t commented when it came to the table, so I enquired as to its whereabouts. It took him 5 minutes to come back and say “We don’t have any sour cream. You can have yogurt?” I was a bit put out to tell the truth. On one hand, you have no sour cream – that’s OK, cafes run out of sh*t, but perhaps mention that to me when I’m ordering? On the other hand, there’s a SHOP not a block away – if you knew you were running out could you not have, I don’t know, popped down to the shop to buy some? I’m sure they used to do that on “My Restaurant Rules”. It’s sour cream. It’s not salmon roe or fig pate.
The cafe is only 3 weeks old, so I suspect this small hiccup was a teething issue. The service is well-intentioned, child-sympathetic and friendly, which I prefer over snooty any day, but it’s inexperienced. They haven’t quite worked out their shizzle yet, but if they do, it could be a massive hit as they have all the right ingredients for success, particularly in family-centric Thornbury. I also happen to think that parents would take feeling comfortable with their bubs and boobs over a large menu and a sour cream side anyway.
Oh, and did I mention the coffee was the BOMB. It seems un-Melburnian not to mention this. Pardon.
- What was the bill? Lunch for 2 adults and 2 children + 2 coffees – $50.
- Where is it? Three Little Seeds, 560 High Street, Thornbury.
- How kid-friendly is it? 9/10. It has everything to keep the kids entertained and the parents fed and caffeinated, but they could do with a slightly more varied menu in my opinion.
* This post is not sponsored. Cafe reviews are the opinion of Melbourne Mum, and meals/coffee are paid for out of my own pocket.