Toongabbie Cafe Review — The Little Sparrow Cafe
The Little Sparrow
This is a gorgeous little cafe, they like you to think it is your “Home away from Home”. They have the most delectable delights to satisfy that sweet or savoury tooth. It is quite, easy to get to and has very good prices.
Here is what “The Little Sparrow Cafe” in Old Toongabbie say about themselves.
“At The Little Sparrow Cafe, you’re like part of the family.
Remember those delicious dishes you had at Grandma’s place over a laugh? What about those hearty snacks, those moreish baked sweets, those plates of food that put hairs on your chest and curls in your piggy tails?
Along with an atmosphere that you won’t want to leave, drop in. Drop in and meet your friends, family, acquaintances… You’ll leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.
It’s the little things that count here. Just like the little sparrow, we may be small but we’re oh so sweet! We’d love to meet you, come and say hi!”
The food is from the heart of her home with the family’s late grandmother’s recipes.
home-cooked apple pie, banana and Nutella scrolls as well as an abundance of cupcakes and moreish cookies.
The family recipes don’t stop there, they also serve unique meals breakfast, lunch and let us not forget the all important dessert.
They may be particularly talented in baking but they can still do a mean big breakfast or poached eggs.
They put on a high tea every Saturday with an in-depth array of scones, sandwiches, cakes and of course more tea than you could ever drink. This has become their busiest day with booking required for a seat.
You haven’t lived until you have tried their freshly made, hand baked Chunky Beef Pies and Classic Sausage roll, Flaky and delicious I must add.
I can also suggest “The Mighty Muffin”. A wonderful savoury muffin, filled with all things delicious like spinach, feta, oven roasted tomatoes, tasty and parmesan cheeses and fresh herbs. Fantastic warmed with a knob of butter.
The little sparrow attracts a lot of mums as it has a kid-friendly menu. Belinda said “the kids milkshakes are particularly popular”.
The Coffee and drinks
Belinda has travelled the world as a singer/tourist, she fell in love with France during this time and has tried to bring the coffee and hospitality here to Old Toongabbie. She has learnt from the best from the region (sometimes barely understanding their English). so as avid coffee connoisseurs themselves (Stephen and Belinda) went on a coffee training binge, to such a point that even they were coffeed out for a point in time.
With such a passion for coffee they do not just hire any old baristas. They only choose qualified baristas with experience and proceed to retrain them to serve coffee their special way with consistency.
I can vouch for this. The coffee is normally smooth and warm. Not burning hot like many other cafes. The acidity of the coffee is flat and has a pleasant aftertaste with a hint of chocolate.
The do a Devonshire Tea which Includes 2 warmed scones with Cream & Jam plus a regular size hot drink of your choice and Choose from the selection of teas & coffees. Not bad value for money.
The inside and outside and Décor
I like the inside Décor, it’s clean and modern with a touch of Sparrow (homely feel). I feel like they could do a bit more and give you more details to look at. I also wouldn’t mind to see a bigger air conditioning unit in here as it can get very warm on in 40 degree days.
Outside has chairs that do the job.I think a large umbrella would work well here, but it looks like they are restricted with what they are allowed to do.
This is a kids friendly venue with a play table so mum, friends and family can enjoy their coffee in peace. This fits in well with “let’s go to grandma’s house for a coffee and chat” feel they are going for.
The staff and the vibe
To ensure the secret home recipes are created with love most of the family work here.
I have found the service always friendly and thoughtful. I love it when owners, family, and hired help treat the business as their own, and that is just what they do.
Belinda makes an extra special effort to train her staff to be hospitable and be mindful of who is here just to read the newspaper in quiet or to chat. I definitely experienced this as everyone that came through the door wanted to chat. I really did feel like I just walked into Stephen and Belinda’s house, and friends just popped in for a coffee and to say hi.
I suppose this is natural for Stephen and Belinda Adams as they have lived in Toongabbie all their lives. Infact Belinda went to school across the road at Toongabbie Public School (Est 1886) and still has 2 best friends from there.
All I can say is that this cafe is starting to do what all cafes should, (bring the community together). Give them more time and I can see this space getting too small for them.
All in all I think this start up cafe has lifted the standard in the local area. It would be nice if they had a website with a menu on it as I had to do a lot of fishing to find it, but they do well without it.
the cafe is open Monday to Friday 8am-4pm
High tea is on Saturdays between noon and 2pm.
About Jhai Mitchell
Jhai is an award winning Internet Marketing Real Estate Agent for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. After running his own internet marketing business he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to market themselves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can market online so much better than they currently are.
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