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A Little Drop of Poison Café and Bar

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published July 1st 2015
Secret New Boutique Meeting Place
The name sounds so ominous that I'd love to know the tale behind its selection. Without an inkling of the truth I 'm going to tell you my theory.

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It all started when a fair maiden became the most beautiful and sought after barmaid around. Her wicked boss worked her to the bone, so she decided to set up her own little bar and cafe down a lane not far from the little pigs houses. As a good will gesture she invited her boss to be the first guest for … you guessed it… a little drop of poison.

Of course, this is completely fabricated conjecture and bears no relevance to the truth! But as they say late at the bar… sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. If you want to know the real story you'll just have to go and ask but be careful of the big bad wolf.

Now back to reality… A while back I came to the same venue when it was the Lane café: well known to the locals. Now renovated and renamed as A Little Drop of Poison, this boutique bar and café is now open early in the morning to late at night (from 6.30 weekdays and 8.30 on the weekends).

I loved it before for its uniqueness. It was, and still, is intimate and has lots of nooks and crannies inside and outdoors. Back then the locals' drawings and poems adorned the walls.

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As A Little Drop of Poison it's now completely different but very inviting. It's a little more upmarket and has a really comfortable feel. There are fresh veggies in a basket on the bench, magazines, newspapers and books on the shelf to read.

I purposely went to check out their hot chocolate. I know I've probably said this before but that was the best takeaway hot chocolate I've ever had (up until now). It wasn't too sweet and it was very hot - just the way I like it.

The waitress was very obliging answering all my seemingly pointless questions about how this was now different to the Lane Café. They now serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks (of course) and snacks in between. Fresh olives and other tapas are available at a reasonable price. They have a large selection of craft beers, ciders and wine.

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I eyed off two breakfasts now on my 'to eat' list. For just $7 I can have granola made on site with Greek yoghurt and fruit, or avocado and coffee cured salmon for $18. You can win free coffee for a month just by buying wine. No effort required for that competition! For eg, one bottle of wine = one entry. One magnum equals two entries etc. The more you drink the more you can drink free.

The waitress stressed that the menu changes very regularly and caters for vegetarians and vegans. They do mean things to veggies to the delight of the diners. For only $12 you can get fresh made sandwiches or other food from the menu.

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This little bar and cafe is down a lane so you won't find it unless you go looking, but it's worth looking for. If you like the hustle bustle of a crowd or loud background noises this is not the venue for you. But it's perfect for an intimate drink or a bite to eat where you can stare in the eyes of your companions and actually hear them talk or whisper sweet nothings in your ear.

Just in case, don't eat polished apples from a withered old witch. If you do, make sure a handsome prince is nearby willing to plant a revival kiss on your lifeless lips!
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Phone: 0420833354
Where: St Laurence Lane, Eltham
Cost: Reasonable
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I love the ominous name; maybe hesitate to eat/drink there?
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|302) 892 days ago
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