The Tradesman is a bright beacon of culinary hope in amongst the greasy cafs and takeaway joints of industrial Moorabbin.
It’s a simple one-room affair with a smile and a toy box greeting you at the front door.
I scan the menu while Baby 2.0 is amused with the toys, colouring-in the kids menu and ABC3 for Kids on mute on the overhead TV.
The all-day menu demonstrates the chef’s inventiveness.
Baby 2.0 and I share the fish tacos – three large parcels of panko and oat-covered flathead tails, purple cabbage, carrot and corn slaw and a saffron mint aioli ($18.50). He also enjoys his ham and cheese toastie on multigrain from the kids menu ($7).
For dessert we share the red velvet pancakes, a signature dish of the cafe ($18). It’s three fat and fluffy pancakes topped with a ball of ice cream and brownie soil and surrounded by vanilla marscopne and a garnish of berries, edible flowers and miniature greens. Definitely worth saving room for it!
Without being prompted the waitress brings a plastic bowl for Baby 2.0 so that he can share the pancakes. There are bright plastic cups and crockery for little hands as well as high chairs and the aforementioned toys. I just wish they didn’t have the TV on – Baby 2.0 is hypnotised and I struggle to get him to focus on eating. It does mean that I have a quiet meal though!
The Tradesman is a great find in Moorabbin – a modern cafe in an area that’s sorely lacking in good coffee and food. It’s inner city sophistication while still maintaining a family-friendly vibe. They are open for breakfast, brunch and lunch 7 days a week, with Friday night dinners (and alcohol).
For more cafes in Melbourne’s south-west suitable for families try Franks.
- Pram access;
- Toys and books indoors;
- Kids menu;
- Standard menu suitable for kids;
- Free street parking.
The Tradesman, 1/260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin 03 8525 0110
Monday – Thursday: 6:00am – 3:30pm
Friday: 6:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 6:00am – 2:30pm