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Published June 16th 2011
Like its namesake, Wee Jeanie is a small, quaint, crispy looking café that presents itself as a real strong contender in the already café-filled suburb of Yarraville. Situated just on the corner of Yarraville train station, it is quite a contrast to its mother-café, the Cornershop. Rather than the emphasis being placed on the sit-in aspect of a café as seen in the Cornershop, more than anything else, Wee Jeanie presents itself as the place for take-out coffee.
This is clearly a clever business strategy to take in a share of the office workers heading to work in the city by train, and I commend them for that. Any fears of the decline in customer service as a result of the morning rush that typifies so many coffee-as-you-go places are fortunately unmet at Wee Jeanie. Customer service at Wee Jeanie is placed on top of the pedestal, as the people working over there I found, are both very friendly and nice and enjoy what they do.
Room is still available on top of the pedestal for great coffee. Reasonably priced at $3.20, a takeaway latte at Wee Jeanie will more often be set at a nice temperature with the perfect layer of froth. As well, the coffee taste is of a high standard. However, don't expect to be able to order a standard or tall size, or even ultra size takeaway coffee cup (for those Starbucks fans). The only size takeaway cups seems to be small and espresso size. This I think is a good thing, as the only way to drink a latte is in a small cup, where one can really experience the coffee flavour. Any bigger translates to milk being wasted, as well as your money.
In terms of food, much of the menu (and a small one at that) seems to have a rustic, home-cooking feel to it, with a hint of British. Dishes dishes range from a hearty Welsh rarebit, BLT's, rice pudding, focaccias, soups, etc.
Obviously, smallness is a running theme of this café, where everything, from its namesake, the size of the café, take-away coffee cup sizes, as well as its menu, eludes to the notion of smallness. However, since its opening, Wee Jeanie is already looking like a giant in the Yarraville café scene. And that can only be a good thing.