Canberra Dining with Kids – The Museum Cafe

Our next foray into the world of brunching with a toddler, saw us visit an iconic Canberra institution… – the National Museum. I’ve been here for a few work functions over the years, but never for breakfast, and heard that new caterers (Broadbean Catering) were on board. IMG_2211 We didn’t make a booking in advance, but secured a table inside pretty easily with views of the lake. The venue also had some outdoor seating that looked like a great option for the warmer months. IMG_2197 The Service It was a little confusing when we arrived, with no menus on the table or direction as to whether table service was offered. We found a menu on the blackboard (and later some printed menus at the counter) and soon realised that we had to order at the counter. Truthfully, we find this to be a good option for us (and our impatient toddler!) as we can set the pace of the service and our dining experience generally. IMG_2201 On this particular day, we arrived at the same time as a large group, so the ordering process was a little slow. The server also seemed a little confused when we were placing our order (which didn’t inspire a lot of confidence), however our coffee and meals come out pretty quickly in the end, and were correct, so I really can’t complain. The Food Given the start of our experience was a little chaotic, I was a tad sceptical as to the quality of the meals that would arrive (the venue seeming more kiosk than cafe at this stage….) IMG_2204 However, I was pleasantly surprised when my meal was placed in front of me. I went for the scrambled eggs  with grilled asparagus, parmesan and sourdough – and I couldn’t fault it at all.  The eggs were cooked perfectly, and the flavours were spot on. IMG_2205 Mr BBB opted for the poached eggs with avocado salsa with serrano ham, and was also really happy with his meal. IMG_2207 And, as for the little Miss, her serving of sourdough proved quite the hit as she insisted on buttering every slice herself. And then proceeded to eat most our bacon and gobble up my scrambled eggs! IMG_2210 For the kids? The ‘kiosk’ style of this venue actually worked quite well for dining with a toddler, as it wasn’t too quiet or stuffy. We had problems finding a high chair, and then when we did it had odd straps, meaning that it was a little difficult to keep C at the table. So while not a ‘kids cafe’, as such, we didn’t feel out of place with our toddler in tow. Overall Despite a few issues with service (and highchairs!), this proved to be a great brunch option. I loved that we could walk in and get a table without booking, and the meals were served pretty quickly. A nice place to bring the family next time they are in town I think. IMG_2213 The details Name: The Museum Cafe (site) Where: National Museum, Lawson Crescent, Acton Phone: 02 6208 5000 Open: Every day from 9am to 4.45pm (except Christmas day). What about you? Are you a fan of ‘ordering at the counter’ or do you prefer table service?

5 thoughts on “Canberra Dining with Kids – The Museum Cafe

  1. I love ordering at the counter when we have the kids but much prefer nice, relaxing table service when it's adults only!

  2. I definitely prefer ordering at the counter with kids – but if without then it really depends on the day and the place – as long as I get good food I am usually happy with either service. I do have a fondness for museum cafes when I am travelling but often forget them in my home town – this sounds like a good place to go – I remember taking sylvia to the national museum a few years ago and it was lots of fun for her (though I probably would have looked around more without her)

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