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The Little Elephant Cafe

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Published August 4th 2013
Update October 20th 2013
According to the chalk board in the cafe The Little Elephant will be opening every Friday Evening starting 18th October 2013

Our original plan for our Sunday brunch today had been to visit an old favourite, a little French restaurant called the Blue Dish in Highett Rd, Highett. I was heart broken when we got there and found the the road between Nepean Hwy and the railway line had been closed for electrical works and none of the cafes were open.

"Not happy Jan"

I had prepared my taste buds for what I consider the best dish on their menu "sautéed avocado, tomato, mushrooms poached eggs & hollandaise on sourdough" my hubby had also chosen in anticipation the "home baked beans with lyonnaise sausage and a single poached egg on toasted sourdough" as he thinks this is the best, although I have noticed him occasionally eyeing off my dish across the table.

The staff are always so friendly and seem to recognise the regulars as well as the not so regular, and although the place is always bustling, you never seem to wait to long to be served and fed.

Competition along this little strip of Highett Rd is fierce and all the cafes are good, even if in my humble opinion the "Blue Dish" is the best. We scoured our memories for an alternative near by and remembered an art deco cafe tucked away in Springs Road, Highett. So off we went in search of our alternate location.

We got there and saw a whole row of angled parked car out side the shopping strip, so now the challenge became would we be able to find parking - this early morning brunch was not going as smoothly as I would have desired. Mercifully for us, but perhaps not the cafe, it wasn't too crowded - the cars were from church across the road, so all as we needed to do was get our table before church got out.

The Little Elephant Cafe
The Little Elephant Cafe


As we reversed parked into our parking spot we noticed the congregation leaving the church and making their way across the road; we shouldn't have worried most of them were simply going to collect their cars and free up the parking out the front. If we had been running a bit later, we would have had much easier parking.

We made our way in "The Little Elephant Cafe" and the first thing we noticed was that the decor had changed and the place was less Italian retro express bar (sorry, I'm not too good with interior design terms), so it had obviously changed hands since we were last here. According the cashier when we were paying our bill, they'd had been operating there for at least 8 months, so just goes to show how long since we were last there.

Initially I was a bit disappointed when I looked at the menu - nothing really took my fancy - it seemed to be in the tone of the day really. But all I can say is that I was wrong; we ordered two dishes, which were absolutely delicious - mine was crepes with some sort of custard and rhubarb, it was very light and very tasty; hubby's was homemade potato fritters with ham, eggs, and hollandaise sauce etc - also delicious.
Condiments on the Table
Condiments on the table
After eating my meal I noticed the salt, pepper and sugar on the table - all were special, the sugar even had a small label attached to it that said "Panel Sugar. Panel is unrefined whole cane sugar, typical to Central and Latin America. It is widely recognised for the its unique caramel flavour, fine grain texture & beautiful golden colour". Then it dawned on me there has been a lot of thought and care in almost every aspect of the service given, even down to the sugar on the table.

The Little Elephant Cafe
The Little Elephant Cafe


As we departed I left my compliments for the chef, which I've never done before but this breakfast was special and it had turned my day around for the better - and I don't think we should underestimate what a good breakfast can bring to the rest of the day.
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When: Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: 23 Spring Rd, Highett VIC 3190
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It can be hard to find a place that will please after disappointments. This must be a goodie ;)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2263 days ago
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