One word “cool.” If you’re looking for an interesting cafe, a great place to chillax, delicious coffee and hearty food, look no further than Little Big Sugar Salt (LBSS), who’ve just opened their doors this weekend in Abbotsford. I spent my Sunday morning here, which turned out to be especially relaxing. For those who know me, I love spending my weekend mornings with a pilates session, reading the paper over breakfast, interesting chats with interesting people in beautiful surroundings. That’s precisely what I got at LBSS. In fact I got a little more than I bargained for.
The Breakfast I ordered the Lamb Sandwich. This coolly came out as a little parcel, wrapped in white paper with LBSS’s signature lamb-brand tag. I like parcels, and I like surprises! This is a clever concept, a sandwich for those on the go, or, if you like eat half and take the rest away. Roast lamb tossed in yogurt and Moroccan spices, rocket (home grown on premises), served between a light pumpkin bread (sourced from Rustica Bakery in Brunswick). A delightful little meal. Which leads me onto the next thing, the menu.
The Menu LBSS’s menu categorises meals into four groups. “Little” if you want something small, “Big” if you want something more satisfying, “Sugar” for those with a sweet tooth and “Salt” to entice those who are in the mood for something savoury, and hence the name of the cafe was born, Little Big Sugar Salt. The compass wheel allows you to choose a meal according to your taste buds.
The menu is seasonal. Different sandwiches are available on different days. Today was lamb, but Wednesday is crab day. I think I may pop in again for this one. Other interesting things on the menu are Mr and Mrs Croque – sourdough bread served with a layer of béchamel sauce, ham slice, pickled onion and topped with a fried egg (egg is optional), Hash Cakes, Granola for Girlfriends and Baked Beans with Baked Egg. I tried the Vanilla Cream Six Barrel Soda, which was sensational. Not too sweet with just the right amount of vanilla kick.
The Coffee LBSS’s coffee is delicious and tastes different to most coffees I’ve had in Melbourne. They use People’s Coffee from Wellington and the beans are sourced from Ethiopia.
The Place This place reeks of comfort. I loved spending part of my lazy Sunday here. Two hours of absolute relaxation in a place that felt like home but wasn’t. I think that’s probably the best way to describe it; a home away from home, what with its lounge room, dining room, kitchen and complete with a little herb garden at the back (which helps supply the kitchen with herbs, lettuce and chilli). There is even a house pet! Floppy the fish can be found in the dining room. The place is rustic, which helps create its homely and cosy ambiance. The floors are 100 year old recycled Tasmanian oak, recycled wooden pallets are used for the benches, and recycled oregon wooden beams were sourced for the main table and the front bar. Environmentally responsible, I like.
Apart from clever design and good use of recycled materials another one of my favourite elements of Little Big Sugar Salt it the artwork that adorns the walls. Metro Gallery in Armadale has kindly supplied most of the beautiful artwork at the cafe, for example Butterfly & Skulls by Deface and Flowers on Cart by Julian Meagher in the kitchen. Aaron Tyler is another artist who supplied works to LBSS and was commissioned to create the graphics on the menu and meal tags as well. Artworks at LBSS are available for sale.
The People Basically four very cool people got together and came up with the concept of LBSS. Morgs Green, a construction manager by day, Erika Geraerts, director of a media writing company, Charl Laubscher, designer and branding company director, and carpenter Adam Houston are the owners of LBSS. It was Houston who actually planted the seed, when he complained about it being hard for tradies to find good coffee places that opened early enough for him to grab one before he started work. Little Big Sugar Salt opens at 6:30am to 3:00pm on weekdays and 8:00am to 3:00pm on weekends, if you’d like an early morning coffee hit or something fresh to munch on.
Little Big Sugar Salt: 385 Victoria Street, Abbotsford
Coffee: $3.00 – $3.50
Meals: $7.00 – $16.00