Little Rogue Cafe is one many shall stumble across. And, should they do so, they'll be happy too. Yet, planning a visit here is surely an even better idea.
Opening in late 2014 and located in Drewery lane, just 2 minutes walk from the bustle of the State Library of Victoria will find you in cafe that would not be out of place in a Roman or Parisian laneway. Yet, this is a very Melbourne cafe in the best way. In particular, while much effort has clearly gone into making their coffee another contender in Melbourne - and more on this soon - perhaps most impressive is the sweets on offer.
A chief example of this came in early March with 'Cruffins' - a croissant-muffin hybrid - variously topped with Snickers, Caramel Custard or Passionfruit Curd Meringue. While sure to be sad news to some these offerings are not permanent - and thus may not be listed when you visit - the best thing is the constant rotation of desserts.
Dark chocolate and cherry jam Cruffins, offered in early February at the cafe. Image credit: Little Rogue Facebook page
In turn, even though LRC is only a few months old already they have 'rotated' through Oreo, Tiramisu and Balsamic Strawberry crepe cakes, Hazelnut Cookie sandwiches and more! The diversity of these deserts and their constant rotation surely brings to mind the idea of a repeat visit each time one wanders on by Drewery lane. Yet, doubtless it is for more than deserts alone such a visit will come to mind.
Alongside the bright and breezy interior of the cafe, there is also the art. In what is a thoughtful gesture, the folks has Little Rogue regularly offer up their wall space to artists to display their pieces and offer them for sale. While the art is regularly rotated - and thus each piece may not always be to a visitors taste each time - a number of pieces seen when the writer visited where considerably eye-catching.
Tro of the particularly striking pieces in the cafe
With this, a word on the coffee and the staff with it. In a town famed for a strong coffee scene it takes much confidence to open up a new place. Yet, with this cafe it appears well founded; this writer's latte was rich, creamy, strong in taste - and made hot but not to boiling. While tastes and preferences will vary from person-to-person odds are good one would walk away happy with a coffee from Little Rogue (especially if you indicate any particular preference like 'strong' or 'extra milky' as you order).
A look 'under the lid' with the a coffee from Little Rogue
Alongside delivering a quality cup of coffee - and offering many a great feature of the cafe is the warmth of the staff. Throughout all that's done in-house at LRC it is clear they care deeply about what they do, yet; they're also easy-going and friendly. For those folks that may wish to begin the path towards being a certifiable coffee connoisseur - for it is true there are one or two baristas about town that could be a bit intimidating and standoffish with their patrons - the folks are Little Rogue could offer a 'fear free' launching pad, and surely take you through a brew or two in a good-natured way.
All up, If your new in town, new to being serious about coffee - or just close and keen on a Cruffin - Little Rogue is well worth the stop by.