Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Machine Laundry Cafe

Location: 12 Salamanca Square, Hobart
Phone: (03) 6224 9922
Website: Nil
Opening Hours: Daily 7am till 5pm

Kids menu: Half serve available for most dishes
Adult menu: Great selection of brunch and lunch options: muesli, french toast, banana and ricotta hotcakes, eggs - various styles, fruit toast, muffins, three bears porridge (poached pear with a swirl of blueberry coulis & toasted almonds...yum!), parmesan and pancetta pancakes,  & specialty egg dishes, burgers, soup, salads, & the famous 'fat boy' - roti bread wrap with grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, ice burg lettuce & spicy peanut sauce
Great range of coffees, smoothies, tea, specialty hot chocolate, milkshakes, juices, iced chocolate and coffee, and the famous 'maximum machine latte' served in a bowl
Prices: Brunch: $5.50 for fruit toast up to $ 17 for specialty egg dishes; lunch: $10 - $17; coffee: $3.30 - $4; milkshakes/smoothies/iced-choc/coffee: $6; hot chocolates: $3.50 - $4.50; juices: $4.50 - $6; babycino: $1.50

Mumma Review

Machine Laundry Cafe is a brunch/lunch institution in Salamanca Square with both locals and tourists aplenty flocking to it on a daily basis.  We recently enjoyed a weekday brunch while basking in our holiday glory (don't you just love Christmas time in Hobart!) and really felt like tourists as we breezed around Salamanca with bub in tow.  

Once seated inside (a little cool on this particular morning) the service was efficient and friendly.  Booster seats are provided for littlies and whilst it was a little on the shabby side it certainly did the job and the waitress was more than attentive as she helped secure it onto the chair.  Bub was all smiles as we set him up with some morning tea and a selection of little toys from home.

There is a great selection to choose from for both brunch and lunch but on this day I simply couldn't go past the banana & ricotta pancakes with caramel sauce (I did however ask for natural yoghurt instead of the double cream to make myself feel less guilty!).  The pancakes were delicious and as I type this I would quite like some more!!  Hubby thoroughly enjoyed his scrambled eggs on sourdough (and so did bub and I - he he).  There isn't a specific kids menu but half serves are available for most of their dishes.

A great giant chess set is located next to the cafe so the bigger kids can keep themselves amused whilst you enjoy the rest of your time eating tasty food and sipping coffee!  There are also baby change facilities located in Salamanca Square in case of any mishaps.  There is a nice amount of undercover outdoor seating which would be great for a mid-week mother's group catch up's when the weather is warm.  There is also indoor seating but room is a little tighter.

Whilst Machine Cafe has a 'no booking' policy there seems to always been a constant turn-over of tables which, in our experience, means little to no waiting times (a bonus when waiting with littlies!).  All in all a great local spot that welcomes kids and has great food and coffee :)

Love Mumma Al x


  1. We love Machine Cafe with our kids :)

  2. Glad to hear! It is a great spot, especially on a nice sunny day like today :)

  3. I love, love, LOVE machine cafe! Their muffins & giant bowl of hot choc is a firm favourite :) staff are super efficient, food excellent, atmosphere chilled & not only is child friendly it is pet friendly too! Fun for the whole family!! :)

  4. Fabulous to hear! And great to hear they are also pet friendly :)

    I forgot to mention in my review that their coffee was great and I was pleasantly surprised when my regular sized latte was served in a tall glass - yum, yum! And the coffee taste wasn't compromised either :) Al x

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    1. It was indeed decent Brekkychef!

      BTW - you should try out Augusto Cafe in Lenah Valley. The coffee is worth the trip :) Al x

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