Lil Kitch in Moonee Ponds is one of my favourite cafes to visit in the area. Yes, it's busy. Yes, it can be a little cramped. Yes, it can be loud in there. But, doesn't its popularity indicate that they are doing something right?
Like many people living in the Eastern suburbs, I love to head down to Puckle street and visit Lil Kitch on a Sunday morning, sip coffee and devour an enormous breakfast. The atmosphere is usually pretty hectic, but the service is fast, the staff are lovely and the food is delicious.
My standard order is a soy latte and the vegetarian breakfast, with bacon instead of eggs. Perhaps I love this place so much because I am allergic to both cow's milk and eggs and this is one of the few cafes in the area where the soy milk is not cheap or burned. I also appreciate that they do not make a big deal about having to alter a menu item during their busiest time, to suit my dietary needs, like many popular cafes do.
They sell many breakfast meals, from muesli, to eggs Benedict, to freshly squeezed juices. All are delicious, fresh and are available at a reasonable price.
I am also a fan of their delicious focaccia. My favourite is the salami, served with goats cheese, not cows (win), spinach and sundried tomatoes. Although they do have an extensive menu of hot dishes, which always look and smell amazing.
My only gripe with Lil Kitch is of course the occasional line that forms around the door as hungry Puckle Street peruses mill to get their brunch fix. My advice? Just call a half hour before and make a reservation. They'll have table ready and waiting. Problem solved.