G’day fellow café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! My Dad and I were visiting friends of ours (Alf & Dez) who live just off Chapel Street when we decided to go and have a late breakfast. Our friend Dez suggested that we try out Little Somethin’ Somethin’, as she’s driven past it some many times and thought that it was about time she gave it a go.
It was a lovely and warm Melbourne day, so it was great to have a walk in the sunshine. It was only about a ten-minute walk from the Chapel Street/Church Street Bridge and was very easy to find as the café sits on Church Street.
They were quite busy when we walked in, but were lucky enough to find a table. As we sat down and started chatting it seemed that the café suddenly died down and a lot of people were leaving, excited to get on with their day and enjoy the last bit of Melbourne sunshine.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Little Somethin’ Somethin’ is quite a reasonable size. They have a good selection of meals that even the fussiest of eaters will be happy with.
The menu photo was taken at the beginning of May 2016 and might have changed. Also I apologise for the poor menu photo, the lighting at the back of the café wasn’t the greatest for photos.
I ordered a latte, which was fairly good. It was relatively hot when it came out and was quite strong. I loved the glass that it was served in, as I get quite tired of the same old latte glass used at most cafés around Melbourne.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Alf ordered the iced coffee, which was served in a Mason jar. It was really well presented and he said that it tasted really good and it was the perfect coffee strength.
All our drinks took seven minutes to come out; this is slightly longer than most cafés as the average is usually just under five minutes.
Iced coffee rating: 4/5
Both Dez and I ended up ordering the raspberry buttermilk hotcake, which was served with chocolate marquise, berries, Oreo crumble and spiced maple. Talk about a sugar overload!! But I loved this dish! I thought that it was absolutely delicious. It reminded me of the hotcake that I had at Top Paddock (click here to see that review). It was served in a very similar way, but this one had chocolate instead of double cream. But this breakfast was very rich and it felt like you were eating a desert.
The chocolate marquise is a traditional French styled desert. In my mind I think it is very similar to a chocolate mouse, but it’s thicker and is able to hold its shape. As it was made with dark chocolate it wasn’t too sweet. It was smooth and silky on the inside and every mouth full was magical making every bite worth the calories they contain.
The hotcake itself wasn’t very flavorful, but with the chocolate marquise, raspberries and maple it brought the hotcake to a whole new level. The hotcake was golden and crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
The tart taste from the berries helped to cut down the sweetness of the maple and the subtle sweetness from the chocolate marquise made your whole mouth dance with joy! I have to say that the chocolate marquise was the hero of the dish and without it the hotcake would have been pretty bland and boring.
Both Dez and I really enjoyed our meal and would both order it again and would highly recommend it for any sweet breakfast lovers out there or for those who loved the hotcake at Top Paddock.
My Dad and Alf both ordered the free-range eggs with toast. They decided to get their eggs poached. My Dad ordered a side of cooked tomato and Alf ordered a side of grilled oyster mushrooms.
They both said that the meal was very tasty and was just enough. They said they their eggs were cooked perfectly and the sides they ordered were seasoned well. Alf said that the oyster mushrooms were delicious and that he’d never seen this type of mushrooms before. He said he would definitely eat them again.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Little Somethin’ Somethin’ doesn’t have many tables outside but has quite a number of tables inside and has a gas fireplace, which would be perfect for those winter months. But the day we went it was about 250 outside and they had the fire on. It honestly felt like a sauna inside, we walked in and had to roll up our sleeves and fan ourselves with the menu. We asked on two occasions for them to turn the fire off as it kept been turned back on. Don’t get me wrong; I love a fireplace and sitting in front of the fire to warm up, but not on a 250 day.
The waitress that served us was lovely, she had a big smile on her face and made jokes and had a good laugh with us. She was very friendly and made us feel welcome.
The kitchen service was extremely slow, by the time we ordered the café had slowed down and there weren’t that many people seated. It took 35 minutes for our food to come out. No one came to the table to talk to us and tell us know what was going on. They only came when we complained about the wait. Our bubbly waitress apologised and said it wouldn’t be much longer. After waiting a further 10 minutes we complained to another waitress and she basically told us that we hadn’t been waiting that long and made up some excuse. I have a time stamp on all my photos so I could easily workout exactly how long we had waited. Her bad attitude made us even more up set. When paying for the food the employee that put the transaction through basically rolled her eyes at us after we said the kitchen service was slow.
I don’t know if Little Somethin’ Somethin’ was having a bad day, but the attitude that some of their employees had was awful. The manager definitely needs to do some more training with the waitresses and teach them how to interact with customers. Waiting 35 minutes for a meal when a café isn’t that busy is not good enough, at least come out and explain what is going on without us having to ask.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT LITTLE SOMETHIN’ SOMETHIN’
Address: 561 Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9421 2587
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
I would have definitely scored it higher but the slow kitchen service and the bad attitude of some the employees pulled the score down.
Have you visited Little Somethin’ Somethin’ before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,