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Little Rose Cafe

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by Chris Karageorge (subscribe)
Chris Karageorge - I drink, I eat, I leave.
Published September 16th 2012
Little Rose won't hurt you, this debutante knows coffee
Little Rose has been open since the end of February and their older sister, who is in full bloom, is the Rose Diner located on Bay Street. The way to access Little Rose is via Heath Street (runs parallel to Bay Street).


White bricks, steel staircases, exposed concrete floor, milkshakes, chalkboards, HP Sauce, newspapers and jaffles. Little Rose used to be a large storage room for Rose Diner and after some renovations and fitting out, this storage room became a little bit of something special.


During my visit to Little Rose I kept company with two fantastic espressos, a refreshing juice and a jaffle worth fighting for. Let me tell you about it all.

Espresso. Single Origin - Clark Street Roasters. Nyeri Kijiji.
This was a very, very clean and crisp cup of nectar. The blueberry flavours aren't in your face but they are there, lingering in the background like a loyal friend. As for the sour cherries, those flavours were very subtle and brought out a brightness. Overall a nice crisp clean cup.


Coronation Chicken Jaffle.
Little Rose is apparently known for their diner style food and jaffles, so I just had to. My goodness! Everything is right with this meal. Curried chicken, buttery goodness all in a hot pocket of toasted bread. Perfection within two slice of fibre.


Espresso. House Blend. Syndicate coffee.
Good thing I was sitting down when I drank this. I liked this so much more than the single origin. The subtle grapefruit flavours were prevalent and refreshing. The fruit in this blend was easier to identify than it was in the single origin. I figure it comes down to the chemistry and of it all, something I'd like to learn more about. The nuttiness also came through as a matured after taste, it was a nice way to round the whole thing off. Well done.


Watermelon, rockmelon, mint juice.
I'm a sucker for juice. I make juice for breakfast every morning - that's how much I love it. Anyway, this three fruit combination was amazing, there has to be a better word than refreshing, but that's exactly what it was.


So what else can I say?
The service is great. I found everyone to be quite friendly and there was always someone around to clean up or take your order. Water was served once I was seated. Seats are available outside. I nearly wet my pants when I found out they were open on Sundays as well as Saturdays.

For all of you chai tea and chai latte nuts out there, Little Rose has Prana Chai which, according to myself and the lady in my life, is almost the bee's knees of chai, as long as it's done right.

Come here and maybe you'll see me having a moment with a jaffle.
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Why? Great jaffles, great coffee, great food.
When: Monday to Friday: 7am - 3pm. Saturday and Sunday: 8am - 4pm.
Phone: (03) 9681 8550
Where: 309 Bay Street, Port Melbourne (Entrance via Heath Street)
Cost: $3.50 - $15.00
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great place. went there yesterday. the vol au vents were to die for!
by chant29 (score: 0|8) 1884 days ago
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