Saha Café – family-friendly Lebanese cafe on The Parade
Looking for a fabulous spot for coffee or a delicious lunch … with the kids in tow?
A new café has just opened up in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs and it’s been designed with families in mind. Saha is a little oasis in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs with a focus on delicious food and a child-friendly eating environment.
Saha (which means ‘health’ in Arabic) was set up by Jena & Abs who are the friendly faces behind Little Eastern on Magill Road. With three small children of their own, they wanted to create a family-friendly café serving fresh, nutritious food; as well as somewhere that nurtures the soul. Saha hasn’t been open long and they have plenty of exciting plans for the space including a range of extra facilities like yoga and pilates sessions and a parenting room which will act a bit like a crèche.
Is Saha the perfect cafe to head to with the kids? Here’s our verdict.
What we liked about Saha
Their menu is extensive and includes larger or smaller plates, most of which are Lebanese or have a middle eastern twist.
Breakfast options include the usual suspects eg smashed avo or Bircher muesli, and also dishes with a Middle Eastern influence like their Persian Pancakes with seasonal fruit and Persian fairy floss. If you go for their Lebanese breakfast your eggs will come with zaatar, sujuk, house made labneh and Lebanese pickles.
Their lunch menu includes salads and incorporates delicious ingredients like haloumi, mint, pomegranate molasses, falafel, and tahini dressing. There’s also smaller plates eg chips, olives, dips and breads; and manooshis which are like a folded-over Lebanese pizza. There’s also a kids’ menu with items between $6-$8.
In addition to tea and excellent coffee, they also offer a selection of juice and smoothies, and spiced lattes. Everyone is catered for in the smoothie department as they offer soy, almond or coconut milk in addition to regular milk as well as extra shots of protein powder or coffee.
If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or need gluten-free options they’ve got you covered too.
The Play & Go testers enjoyed their Baba Ghanoush which was deliciously smoky, their felafel and kibbeh (both very good) and two of their smoothies. Saha’s counter food is also very tempting and (on the day we went) includes baklava, turkish delight, knafeh, spinach piece, brownie balls, and hazelnut brownies.
A VERY CHILD-FRIENDLY COURTYARD
Who doesn’t love a café with a courtyard. I suspect on a winter’s day it’ll be a bit of a suntrap, and in summer you’ll appreciate the shade of the large umbrellas over the tables. The walls feature murals of doors which are reminiscent of doors from the medina in Morocco.
Little people will love Saha’s courtyard. There’s a selection of ride-on toys, a teeny tiny very cute cubby house, and even an easel for budding artists.
My kids were reluctant to leave the cubby house to come and eat their food, as they were quite content sitting in the cubby house reading the books that they found there.
There are a number of tables out in the courtyard, including a pint-sized picnic table. There’s also table service – which is great for that moment when you decide you need to order some more pita breads, or that you will have a piece of their Turkish Delight after all.
There’s a number of adjoining rooms, which means space for different groups, and possibly also some more private corners for feeding mums. There’s also a room with an area set up for drawing, as well as a big toy basket. And there’s highchairs and baby change facilities.
The whole space feels tranquil, clean and airy; and there were lots of nice little touches such as the selection of Aesop hand wash and hand balm in the toilet, and the comfy chair for feeding in the adjoining parents’ room.
Where to find them and opening hours
If you’re driving from the city to Beulah Park along The Parade, you’ll find Saha on the left hand side before you get to the Beulah Park Fire Station. Parking is on the street and we had no difficulty nabbing a park right out the front.
Saha are open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from Tuesday to Sunday. They serve all-day breakfast and are open from 7:30am-3:30pm.
303 The Parade, Beulah Park | 8333 3215
About Susannah: I’m a mum to three boys and a little girl and I am learning to embrace the chaos. I love my morning coffee, exercise, cranking up some good tunes on the stereo, and heading away to new places on holiday. Originally from New Zealand, I now call Adelaide home and I love getting out and about and exploring all the fabulous things for families to do in Adelaide.
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