Apart from having a rather annoying website (it only has one page and doesn't explain the name) I really loved Little Sisto. Wedged between a takeaway and a fish'n'chips in a nondescript strip mall in Doubleview, you can see from the front that Little Sisto is trying to stand out. A textured façade, quirky signage, and the dinkiest al fresco area you will see outside of a Barbie Dream Home, Little Sisto is indeed little. But it is full of personality (and apparently there is a larger courtyard out the back).
Depending on whether you're a foodie or a caffeine freak, Little Sisto focuses on two things: its single origin coffees and its food. I love and need coffee in the morning, but I am not fussy about whether it comes from Guatamala or Kenya, so my interest is always more in the food.
In the case of Little Sisto, since it closes mid-afternoon, the heart of the menu is its all-day breakfast options. There are a few more lunchy items such as grilled sandwiches and… well, actually that's the only lunchy option. But since breakfast is the best meal of the day, who is complaining?
Here you can find traditional choices such as eggs on toast ($12), eggs Benedict ($15) and a bacon sandwich ($12.50) alongside new twists on old favourites, such as the porridge ($12.50) which is served with chai spices, banana, poached fig, candied walnuts, tahini maple and the choice of a vegan organic almond milk on the side (extra $1).
You will also find a lot of attention to detail and top quality ingredients. There are superfoods busting moves all over the place from chia and quinoa in the granola to organic yoghurt and raw honey in the muesli, and apple cider in the hollandaise. Despite this, Little Sisto never comes off as pretentious or try hard.
I considered both the porridge and the breakfast board ($17) which had bits and pieces from some of the top sellers including bacon, eggs, hollandaise and rocket as well as granola, fruit and yoghurt. But in the end I went with thyme mushrooms, which at $12.50 was a great feast of thyme roasted mushrooms, lemon ricotta, greens, goats cheese on toast. The toast was top quality thick sourdough, robust enough to not go soggy under the mushrooms, which were chunky, flavoursome specimens. The lemon ricotta and goats cheese added a soft saltiness. It was delicious and light, yet filling. I could easily have had another serve.
My friend chose the avocado smash ($12.50) - avocado, tomato and greens on toast. You can add an egg and house-made relish as well for an extra $3.50.
Business was steady throughout the morning, with plenty of people coming in for a takeaway coffee, and a gentle buzz at the tables. There were families, singles and couples enjoying late breakfasts, early lunch, as well as morning tea from the raft of goodies in the display case.
Little Sisto offers a number of raw food options as well as plenty of choices for those with food intolerances. Service was friendly, patient and attentive – never intrusive. Prices were considerably cheaper than suburbs a few kilometres away and the food as good, if not better.
In fact, my only complaint is that I don't live closer.