For years you guys have been telling me to check out Little Stove. I did make it there for lunch a while back with the promise to myself to return and it is only now that I have finally made it back for breakfast. I am sorry it has taken me so long! This cafe feels exactly like someone’s gran was looking over their shoulder as they designed it; they were doing shabby chic before Mt Lawley even knew what shabby chic was. And this is exactly how they want you to feel with their website saying “imagine a cafe with a warm and inviting atmosphere just like your nana’s house and always with coffee on the stove top”.
With the terrible weather on Saturday there was of course not one free table inside when we arrived. We asked at the counter if they thought one would be available soon and they said they’d come and get us from outside as soon as one was ready. We ordered some coffees and sat down on the old english rose patterned couches with crocheted blankets for warmth. We waited barely 5 mins before we were able to sit inside and in that time we had already gotten our coffees!
The coffee was good… very good. They use Dimattina beans, which surprised me for some reason. When I tasted that rich flavour I assumed Five Senses, but obviously I was wrong. This coffee was made by a barista who was very familiar with their beans and machine. Smooth, robust and at a perfect temperature, this was a cup worth ordering two of. And I did!
Be prepared for a struggle when looking at Little Stove’s menu… EVERYTHING sounds like something you’d want to eat and EVERYTHING requires you to read it in full. It’s not the usual breakfast fare here, so there’s no scanning of the menu for your staple choice. Prices range from $5.50 for toast up to $20 for The Cevap – eggs, mushrooms, bacon, chevapici, hummus toast, feta stuffed paprika.
Jay ordered the baked beans ($19) which came with one of their famous hash browns and a mini muffin. The beans came in a well seasoned , rich tomato & onion sauce with a perfectly poached egg plopped in the middle. Golden and crunchy, this rustic hashbrown was a far cry from the frozen oblong shaped things you get at some other places. Jay commented that the mini muffin was a highlight – tiny bits of bacon, feta and herbs in a sweet tasting base.
With a baby on the way Jess went with a more simple choice – scrambled eggs on toast ($13) with a side of mushrooms ($3.50). Although she asked for the scrambled eggs properly cooked through they were still soft and fluffy. The sourdough was crusty and buttery with well seasoned mushrooms adding a bit of meatiness to her breakfast.
I had to have a dish with a hash brown in it, so I ordered one that came with poached eggs, relish, rocket and parmesan. ($16). Like with Jay’s meal the hash brown was anything but a boring bit of fried potato. It was a perfect replacement for a slice of bread with two plump poached eggs sitting on top with a bright red tomato relish oozing over it all. The relish was sweet, it was seasoned, it was just the right sauce to liven up this relatively simple dish.
There were no complaints about the service here. All the staff were friendly, helpful and chatty. The whole atmosphere of the place was just like getting a warm hug from nanna.103 Harris St, Bicton
Breakfast served daily 7am – 12pm