Maybe next time don't rush by though. Stop in for coffee, all-day breakfast or lunch and be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the service, the quality of the food and the really nice vibes. It makes finding this suburban gem a bit like finding a long lost friend.
The decor is simple and welcoming and the outdoor seating is perfect for breakfast and lunch. The road traffic isn't actually too distracting and it's a leafy part of town, perfect for outdoor dining.
Long Lost Friend was opened about two years ago by two brothers with a penchant for delivering creative and unique food and coffee. Since then, they've been quietly building a reputation through their mostly healthy but sometimes purely decadent menu.
The food here reminds me of places in super trendy spots like Melbourne CBD and Northern NSW. It's fresh, friendly, and not just presented like an Instagram photo to cover any flaws. There's nothing flawed about the food here and it deserves every bit of its artful presentation.
The menu is an all-day breakfast and lunch proposition that will have you swooning with a wide range of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices, smoothies and milkshakes. You'll definitely need to visit more than once to try all the tempting treats on offer.
We visited for lunch and ordered the LLF Breakfast which is a full cooked breakfast with tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, bacon, eggs any way, sourdough toast, potato rosti, spicy Barossa chorizo and rich chilli jam relish. Enjoying a (sometimes late) breakfast like this is certainly one way to make sure that you're living your best life. They just don't come any better.
The Chicken Sicario burger features fried chicken breast, guacamole, red cabbage, spinach and chipotle mayonnaise on a grilled bun. It arrives stacked high and pinned in the middle, but is actually easy to handle and eat. It's all in perfect proportion and has a perfect balance of fried and fresh flavours.
The menu also includes things like roasted mushroom stacks and eggs Benedict (with unfamiliar twists like pulled pork and chilli crab on offer to replace the smoked salmon!). Sweet treats include a buttermilk pancake stack decorated with Persian fairy floss or a colourful smoothie bowl packed with yoghurt, muesli and berries.