Now that I’ve got a little person in my life I’ve started to take note of whether cafes have things like high chairs and change tables. You might have noticed that I’ve included a new category of places to eat which are “kid friendly” if they tick these boxes. I hope it’s useful for people with kids and as a single friend of mine said, it helps her choose the cafes to stay away from! Apte is a cafe hidden away in Alphington which certainly meets the kid friendly criteria. There’s even a sunny courtyard for kids to run around in and a toy box by the door.
Unfortunately, like many kid friendly places, the food at Apte doesn’t pack the same punch as Melbourne’s top cafes. The cafe was originally run by the team behind Three Bags Full, but I feel since their departure the food must have slipped. The menu was dated and nothing jumped out at me to the extent that I resorted to ordering the assorted salads ($12.90), a mix of roasted pumpkin and fetta salad and a green bean salad with pine nuts.
Worse still, the steak sandwich ($17.50) which my friend Joyce ordered was tough and overcooked. Although Apte did redeem itself in terms of generous freshly squeezed juices and a cracking cake selection which are all made in house. We particularly enjoyed the fudgy chocolate cake accompanied by some of the 5 Senses coffee. My latte was smooth although slightly bitter.
Apte is a lovely breakfast or lunch spot but it’s firmly in the category of a good local cafe rather than the sort you would cross town for. I’m still on the search for the holy grail of a cafe which welcomes the babychino brigade but also serves top food and coffee.
Details: Apte, 538 Heidelberg Rd, Alphington 3078 (Ph 03 9482 2991) Open Mon – Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 8am-3.30pm.
Kid friendly: Yes. There are plenty of high chairs and even a toy box for kids.