I’d heard a lot about Wilbur’s in Hackett, that it was a great place to take kids (but wasn’t a “kids’ restaurant”), the food was great and that the atmosphere was good. I’d never even been to Hackett shops so I was keen to put a face to the name so to speak, and ventured over one Saturday morning recently.
I was surprised when we arrived to not see many people there. It was only about 10.30am (aka prime brunch time) and there was us and maybe 2-3 other small groups, one had children with them. Not that this was a bad thing, it meant super speedy service for us. When I do these reviews I always try and make a point of ordering something different to my dining partner to give more of an idea of the menu and the experience but this time we were both hell-bent on ordering the omelette. I wasn’t going to budge and neither was my partner.
While we were waiting for our meals I took a look around the cafe as there’s lots of local memorabilia on the walls, as well as some quirky signs. I particularly liked one that said, ‘Unattended children will be given espresso and a free kitten’ because I’ve previously experienced parents that assume because a cafe or a shop is family friendly that means they can leave their kids alone while they do their own thing. The only children in the cafe when I was there were pretty well behaved though… no espresso for them!
My look around the cafe didn’t last very long as our omelettes arrived pretty quickly. They had all the good things like capsicum, mushroom, tomato, feta, spinach and red onion. At first I was a bit disappointed because I prefer the regular type of omelette where the fillings are inside the egg mixture, as opposed to an omelette that is kind of like a pizza. We tucked into our breakfast and despite my initial disappointment, I really enjoyed this omelette. It had decent, even amounts of all the fillings and everything was fresh. One unusual thing though was when I came to the onion, it had been caramelised (not mentioned on the menu) so it went from being savoury to sweet which was a bit weird to my tastebuds. My partner liked the sweet/savoury mixture though.
Wilbur’s also have a good looking cake cabinet on offer if you’re after a sweet post-brunch treat. Everything is baked in house and while I didn’t let myself be tempted on this occasion, I’ll be back again soon!
Where: 14 Hackett Place, Hackett
When: 7.30am-4.00pm (Tuesday) 7.30am-9.00pm (Wed-Sun)
Phone: 02 6262 5406