PARK LIFE

A bright, fam­ily-friendly café serv­ing up toasties, break­fast bowls and frozen yoghurt has the swings-and- slides set cov­ered.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - On Sunday - 1062 Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly, (03) 9571 0050, @up­sy­daisy3163

SINCE de­but­ing a year ago, show­ing what a $10.8 mil­lion kids’ play­ground looks like – for the record, it in­cludes fly­ing foxes, in-ground tram­po­lines and a wa­ter park – Glen Huntly’s Booran Re­serve hasn’t had a quiet day. But what, no cof­fee?

This is where Upsy Daisy has come in, pro­vid­ing a vi­tal com­mu­nity ser­vice since open­ing in April op­po­site the park – like an oa­sis in the desert to parched guardians in need of a life-giv­ing latte while ju­nior hits the swings.

Named after a char­ac­ter from the trippy kids’ TV se­ries In the Night Gar­den, the cor­ner café – its in­te­rior re­splen­dent in turquoise – is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two hospo teams with Caulfield’s Mr Bright­side and Holy Moly in Hawthorn among their sta­ble.

Hit the servery win­dow for take­away or dine in at the 30 or so seats. Healthy fare or some­times food is your call.

The ap­plause-wor­thy Take it Easy jaf­fle is seamed with rich slow-cooked brisket and creamy mac’n’cheese, while the Miso Hun­gry bowl is a hearty pile of hum­mus, salsa and (slightly dry) falafel with a fat wodge of avo on brown rice.

You can also build your own Upsy Bowl by choos­ing a base (rice, noo­dles or quinoa) and load­ing up toppings. I’ll be back for the sweet prom­ise of Gimme Moar, fruit toast with straw­berry, ba­nana and peanut but­ter.

Down­sides? The lay­out. The front area which serves frozen yoghurt is empty this cold Satur­day. Are they open? A push on the door re­veals yes. That room opens to the back din­ing area and kitchen. It’s a su­per-nar­row space made to feel even more en­closed with the kitchen on the win­dow side of the room. The or­der­ing sys­tem needs re­fin­ing if you’re eat­ing in, too.

But it’s all child’s play when the cof­fee is a good brew from Cof­fee Supreme and the pas­tries are from Noisette. All for­ti­tude to face the fort.

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