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Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm
Coffee: Five Senses
Hom-un-cul-us [hɒˈmʌŋkjʊləs] Noun – Latin for a very small human or humanoid creature.
“The fascination of the little man (aka dwarf) dates back to the 16th century. The motivation may stem from our curiosity as to why the little man (and woman) are kid height. Or that they appear different which strikes fear in the hearts of grown men. Irrespective of this catalyst, it would be wrong to dismiss them as not being productive members of society – one only has to look at Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones. The same applies to cafes. While it’s comforting going to the same popular cafe week in week out, the fun is in the exploration. We should remove the prejudice walls and take a chance at a new and undiscovered cafe – the little guys. With this in mind, we ventured to Seddon to sample the offerings at The Little Man.
Taking over the once ugly Post Office, the decor of The Little Man is refreshingly clean and calm. Soft white colours are the dominant theme and is blended in well with modern tanned wooden fixtures. The team has taken a ‘less is more’ approach by removing the hipster pretense, allowing locals who may stray away from the alluring space of Common Galaxia to visit. Service was attentive with food and drinks coming out naturally without the unnecessary wait.
Coffee is by Five Senses, and I decided on having the single origin long black [$3.70] from Columbia. For a small outfit, the coffee presentation and taste was fantastic. The crispiness of the Five Senses blend was present and at the right temperature with no necessary wait for the coffee to settle.
Being somewhat of a summers day, the Sweet Corn Fritters with Smoked salmon and avocado salsa [$16] add a poached egg [$18.50] caught my eye. The dish was well plated with the fritter as the base, salsa in the middle and covered with the smoked salmon. The corn fritter was slightly doughy which masked the moisture from the corn. The avocado salsa was well prepared, the salmon was of a fantastic quality and the poached egg married well.
For the average walk-in it’s a good quality dish, but for me, it didn’t quite cut the mustard to create its own identity. It was a satisfying and enjoyable meal, however the food experience for me wasn’t all that memorable.
The Little Man is in the right location to cater for the brunch needs of the local Footscray / Seddon residents. It’s a quality cafe for the area and will certain give other competitors a run for its money.”
“It was a very rare day indeed when I caught up with Mr Pen, Bond Girl and Mr LB for brunch in Seddon at The Little Man cafe, which opened its doors on the 6th of December 2013 on the popular Victoria Street. Mr Pen was visiting from Hong Kong and it was a precious opportunity to
The Little Man is a small venue which is chock full of natural light that is pleasingly complimented by shades of Tiffany blue and white walls. The venue itself is narrow, however, it’s not over crowded which makes it suitable for the strollers and pushers of local families. The menu offers children-specific meals too, further encouraging the local entourages to wander through their doors.
‘My mum recommends the eggs’, chuckled Mr Pen as we glanced through the menu. I was tempted to take up her recommendation but opted instead for the Sweet Corn Fritters with Smoked salmon and avocado salsa [$16] add a poached egg [$18.50] along with a double espresso [$3.50] to start off my day.
What was immediately attracted to me was the beautifully fresh smoked salmon. The colour was incredibly rich and the thickness was just millimeters more than standard salmon, creating the perfect sense of balance. My perfectly poached egg was beautifully nested atop the bed of salmon and when I pierced its perfectly white skin it rewarded me with golden ooze,
that slivered its way down the salmon and onto the fritters. The avocado was fresh and chunky and the fritters themselves were delicious, but nothing without the smoked salmon.
Mr Pen had ordered the Eggs Benedict – Poached eggs on sourdough toast with ham and hollandaise sauce [$16] and enjoyed it very much. Bond Girl ordered the Smashed Avocado with goat cheese, mint, cranberries and toasted pine nuts [$15] and loved the addition of the mint and cranberries that created a unique spin on this common dish.
There was something very welcoming about The Little Man. The food was delicious and fresh, the service was friendly without being too in-your-face and the coffee dished up was delicious. The inviting feeling of the cafe lingers long after you leave and I already feel it beckoning me back.”
Final thought: “A welcoming, comfortable cafe”