815 Nicholson St, Carlton North - ph (03) 9380 5499
We came across Green Park Dining by chance in our eternal quest for kid friendly cafes.
By 'kid friendly' I mean much more than high chairs and plastic cups; I'm talking the full monty of toys, colouring pencils and play area. Yes, a lot to ask for, but ohh-so-good when we find a spot where the kids can actually run around and entertain themselves while we eat.
The McDonalds playground is always an option (and I've been there on a rainy day), but what we are aiming for here is a place where we are actually as happy to eat at as the kids are happy to play.
Green Park offers just that. Great food, tick; good coffee. tick; good service, tick; good service that is not phased by kids, tick; toys and books for kids, tick; adjacent to a playground BIG TICK.
|Overlooking the playground|
We came here the other day with friends (there were 5 kids under 5 at our table) and I am happy to say we were well looked after.
Green Park's menu combines brunch staples with some Asian and European inspired dishes, offering good variety without being overly extensive.
I started with a green juice supplied by Julian's Organics, a local juice bar delivering cold pressed juices daily.
|Julian's organic green juice|
Kids got boiled egg and soldiers from the kids' menu. Simple, fresh and easy with a reasonable price.
|Kid's menu egg soldiers ($6)|
The gown ups tried the Green Park breakfast with soft poached egg perfectly cooked at 63 degrees, bacon, sausage and housemade beans.
|Green Park Breakfast – 63 degree eggs, thick cut bacon, sausage, beans, hash brown & toast ($21)|
Hubby tried the corn polenta with mushroom and hot chipole sauce. The sauce gave this dish some zing and matched the creamy polenta quite well.
|Fried corn polenta, wild mushroom and grilled corn ($18)|
|Avocado, fetta and herb salad on sourdough ($16)|
I probably should have chosen something a bit more adventurous than avocado on sourdough, but I was still recovering from a bit night the night before and decided to go easy. This dish was tasty with no real surprises; just a hearty Aussie breakfast item.
I noticed on the menu Green Park is licensed and offers lunch and dinner as well as brunch. I really liked the chilled, casual atmosphere of this place. It's the type of cafe you could go just to hang out over a nice cup of coffee or glass of wine while the kids run around.
I should say as well that there are 2 main dining areas - one overlooking the playground and one on the other end of the restaurant for the kids-free audience :)