Little Garden Cafe, 407 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale. Phone: 0410 922 242
Down behind a Mount Alexander Road florist is a cool, green space just right for a chilled-out lunch on a sunny Saturday.
It’s retro central – in the form of armchairs, sofas and more.
And retro, too, in the form of the kitchen and serving area, for which purposes a vintage caravan has been pressed into service.
Given the tight space situation, it’s no surprise the food line-up is equally tight and also light (see menu below).
That’s fine by us – on the way here we mused over possibilities such as Somalian, Chinese BBQ meats and dumplings but the truth is we’re just not THAT hungry.
There’s goldfish in the house; we see two.
We’re told six.
Our jaffles arrive looking pretty as a picture.
Bennie adores his Doori Time! ($8.50) with its chicken and cheese swimmingly soaked in a delicious, piquant and dark sauce. It’s unclear if the shredded chook has spent any time in a tandoori oven but it matters not.
This jaffle comes with a pot of raita – nice touch, that.
My Brekkie Time ($8.50) is good, too, though doesn’t have quite the same sort of flavour hit.
The ham is indeed cut thickly and it works fine with the egg and sauce.
Our matching $3.80 cafe lattes are spot on.
It’s worth signing up to the Little garden Cafe Facebook page, wherein specials such as a Beefy Slaw sanger of “succulent bbq pulled beef, creamy housemade slaw, mozzarella cheese, toasted on organic sourdough” are regularly listed.