103 Harris Street, Bicton, WA
leaf : loose or herbal $4.00 pot
soy : yes, extra charge
caffeine free : fresh juice
dunk : melting moments
fork : gluten free chocolate & orange cake
spoon : breakfast trifle of granola, berry compote & yoghurt $9
knife : homemade crumpet with stewed rhubarb, ricotta & honey $15
plate & bowl : roast pumpkin salad with red capsicum, sundried tomatoes, feta, pinenuts, “boozy” dates, spinach & rocket $20
footprint : volleys or sandals
latte price : $5.50
service : casual, friendly, acknowledge regulars
open : 7 days, 7.00am to 5.00pm
buzz : Deep in the southern suburbs, Little Stove is an outlier on my usual Freo area radar, and it was through a friend living in the area that I was introduced to this suburban gem. It is handy to the Sunday Melville markets, not far from the river, and well within the leafy boundary west of the freeway. It boasts easy parking, quiet streets, and the feeling that you would get a friendly hello from your neighbour when you strolled by with the paper.
The clientele has a local flavour and the community has embraced the transformation of this former corner store into a meeting place for mums with bubs, retirees, and friends that want to catch up without having to head into town. The cafe is dog and kid friendly, with room to swing a pram, and water provided for Fido.
Little Stove have done an admirable job transforming the basic interior into a homely and bright space, decorated with mismatched op-shop finds, memorabilia and giftware. A fireplace provides a warm glow in winter, the air-con is on for summer, and all year round natural light floods in through expansive windows. It was a giggle seeing Scrabble and World Book Encyclopaedias embraced as worthy display items, and the LP record placemats are up-cycling at its best.
The coffee is consistently good - as it should be for $5.50 (with soy). They offer a “text and take away service” that I believe is handy for time-poor individuals. A wide range of teas and herbal tisanes are displayed on the hand written blackboard, and the standard fat cakes call from the fridge. The plump melting moments with fresh cream looked divine, sitting demure as a bride under their fly veil.
Meals are presented with a casual hand, filling the plate diner style with little attention to detail. There are vegetarian options that could possibly be veganized, but it makes for an expensive salad sans feta. I didn’t order food, and while my girlfriend had a vegetable fritter, I was too busy bouncing a baby to take notes.
Little Stove is a dependable friend if you are in the area, or looking for an outing south of the river.