38 South

Cuisine: Modern Australian
Mon & Tues – 7.00am – 4.00pm
Wed – Fri – 7.00am – late
Sat & Sun – 8.00am – late
Price Range $$

Kid’s Menu:
Ham & Cheese or Margarita Pizza, Cheesy Burger & Chips, Fish & Chips and Chicken (crumbed or grilled) & Chips.
Day time menu: Brekky Slider, Tiger Toastie, Mermaid Pancakes/ Cheesy Burger, Fish or Chicken with chips.

Adult Offerings:
Flatbreads, Tacos, Tapas, Burgers and Dessert (after 4pm).
Day time menu: All day breakfast, Salads and burgers.

See full menu.

Need to know:

38 South bring the best of the inner city food, vibrance and atmosphere to the suburb of Seaford, with over 20 years of hospitality experience behind them. Lacking in the area is a cafe/restaurant that offers a family friendly atmosphere while addressing the need for quality cafe and restaurant food. The local family of 5 fill that void and are already a favourite of locals in their one short month of trading!!!

Their delicious food will cause chaos with instagrammer foodies who have no idea where Seaford is and how to get there! Never fear, they’re located next to Seaford train station and right across the road from the beach. Families will also love their location as it gives the kids a chance to play at the beach, at the nearby new park or enjoy a tranquil walk along the creek to see the local wildlife of ducks and lorikeets.

They have you sorted with breakfast, lunch and dinner (from 4pm), with a variety of dishes to suit everyone, including gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. If you’re feeling a little naughty or the kids deserve a treat, check out their mermaid pancakes during the day or grab some of their in house made pastries! Evenings are just as spectacular as the local scenery, with a delicious range of tapas, flatbreads, burgers and cocktails! They will do anything to make their young guests happy, including subbing chips for a healthier option if you prefer.

Being locally owned and run by a family, they understand the importance of family friendly dining and have ticked all the boxes to offer a stress free dining experience. Amenities include high chairs, room for prams, an activity/drawing pack for the kids and change table facilities. They have spared no detail with their fitout, including hiring a local artist to bring their passion to life inside and outside. We highly recommend booking to accommodate your needs and we recommend a table outside if the weather calls for it or getting cozy inside in one of their booths.

Our latest visit:

I saw the mermaid pancakes shared by BabyChinos and I immediately knew this was one to experience myself. In fact, I visited twice the next day! The first for a coffee date and the second for dinner with the kids.

My first visit was with my daughter and we were immediately greeted and decided to sit in the end booth so I could take in the artwork around me. My order for coffee was promptly taken. Soon after, the booth next to mine was occupied by two lovely ladies. This was their 5th visit since they opened in the past month! They were slowly working through their in house pastries and had a laugh saying today’s order included kale, therefore it was healthy! Staff were extremely friendly and the venue fitout looks great! I’m sure on each of my return, I will notice something new on the artwork. On my exit, I took a look at the pastries and they look absolutely delicious. The photos speak for themselves. You too, will return to try something new each visit.

I returned in the early evening with my son and daughter for dinner. We were immediately acknowledged and welcomed to our table. Daniel engaged with my son when offering him their activity book. My son usually won’t talk to strangers, but responded to Daniel and accepted his help to open the packet. I think you have a new buddy, Daniel!! We ordered one of their already famous baby chinos. My son agrees that it’s the best baby chino he has had!

The menu was discussed in detail while I decided what to order for all three of us to share. They were happy to discuss Esther’s dietary requirements with suggestions of meals to order. We ordered her grilled chicken and chips from the kids menu. For my son and I to share, we ordered the Spiced Calamari Flatbread (with capers, onions and spiced yoghurt) and Peking Duck Tacos (with spring onion and slaw). I was also highly recommended to try the burgers.

Food arrived very promptly and very close together. Esther instantly swiped for the grilled chicken (because she loves her meat). She absolutely dug in and her head rolled back in enjoyment multiple times while eating. She does this when she is eating something she loves. The chicken was very moist and delicious. I can see why she loved it. The chips were great too.

The Peking Duck Taco had amazing flavours and was very delicious. My son also had a bit of a nibble but we all know he’s a calamari lover! I didn’t know what to expect with the flatbreads nor the idea of one with calamari. It was definitely a great recommendation. I started with the calamari on top, before digging into the flatbread itself. The spice on the calamari was perfection and the calamari was so tender, that it melted in my mouth. My son also really enjoyed it, requesting more. I didn’t think the flatbread could top any of the flavours I had already experienced, but it did! How do you make flatbread exciting? Well that’s their secret, isn’t it? I’m glad that they have mastered their art, because the flatbread was just as delightful. Sweet tastes of caramelized onion together with the other flavours of the spiced yoghurt had me going back for more and more.

Staff were very attentive throughout my stay and they were extremely friendly and personable. You can see the passion and enjoyment of their restaurant and they should be proud! Every detail in the food, venue and service has been seen to. They are a well oiled unit and only in operation for one month! They will see me returning multiple times and no doubt each time I’ll received a warm welcome and great food! Keep up the good work guys! I can see why the ladies, I mentioned above, have already returned 5 times! Just don’t all show up at the same time now !!

What they do well:
– Warm welcoming staff
– The food is high quality and divine
– The venue atmosphere and fit out is great!

Contact them direct:

Information correct at the time of posting. Please notify us of any incorrect information. We always recommend calling ahead to accommodate your needs and to confirm kitchen times.
Photo Credits: Kids for Dinner and 38 South

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