A morning tea at a coffee cafe is a great way for mums to forge new friendships and catch up with old friends. A few mums, myself ,and Master 3 decided to have coffee out at Westfield Carindale. After having a look at a few options we settled on the Shingle Inn.
It was very difficult to decide on just what to order as their cake cabinet was overly decadent! I settled on the NY Baked Cheesecake with ice-cream and flat white, Master 3 had a strawberry milkshake and a lamington with ice-cream, H had the Lemon cheese cake and cap, J had a hot chocolate and caramel slice with cream, and K had the lemon meringue with ice-cream, cream and a cappuccino to boot!
Now, I’m a serious coffee drinker and the flat white I had was absolutely spot on! Strong, smooth and delicious I could easily have had two or three, but alas I only had one piece of the best baked cheese cake that ever passed my lips. The cheesecake was creamy, whipped and incredibly light to eat considering it is a baked cheesecake – the ice cream equally as creamy was delicious. H and K thoroughly enjoyed their choices although H thought the coffee was a little on the strong side. Master 3 was most interested in the ice cream and strawberry milkshake (but I think the lamington was incredibly fluffy on the inside and perfectly coated in chocolate and coconut on the outside.
When J had her order placed in front of her we all gasped at the unusual and decadent presentation of the hot chocolate! There was even a card on the platter to show that the chocolate can be poured as you like into the warm milk, and with a couple of marshmallows on the side and a sprinkling of cocoa I think we all had a bit of order envy! J gave the hot chocolate a massive thumbs up, unfortunately the caramel slice was a bit of a let down, not for taste but because it seemed she needed a jackhammer to break through the thick chocolate layer on top! Eventually it warmed up enough that she was able to enjoy it, and it did give us all a good laugh at how on earth she was going to eat it.
The staff were super friendly with lots of smiles all round and completely accommodating when I asked for the remainder of the milkshake to be put in a take away cup for Master 3 to enjoy after we left the cafe. The price was on par with most cafe’s (albeit on the higher end of the price scale) with my order of flat white, baked cheesecake with ice cream, strawberry milkshake and lamington with ice cream coming in at $20.70. The tables were well spaced in their limited area of the shopping centre, and the booths looked super cosy. We sat at a table with chairs so that J could park her pram to the side.
We had a very enjoyable morning and we all agreed that we should have another get together there, perhaps to try out the high tea next time! So if you are looking for a place to sit down for coffee and a piece of cake then I highly recommend the Shingle Inn as a coffee cafe that provides so much more!
Edit to add: I have just found out that the Shingle Inn has a kids club so if you have one near you why not sign up for your kids next time you’re there to get a treat on their birthday!
From the Shingle Inn website;
|Join Shingle Inn’s Kid’s Club and receive a special gift on your birthday!Hi Kids! If you love to visit Shingle Inn for yummy treats with family and friends, why not join our Kid’s Club – we’ll send you a voucher so you can enjoy a delicious Kid’s Patty Cake on your birthday! To join, visit your favourite Shingle Inn cafe and ask for a membership form.|