Published on Urban Usher (May 2013)
Among the mish-mash of shops and eateries on High Street, the silhouettes of a young boy painted along Dundas Street lead you toLittle Henri. Once the site of a bank, this cafe is airy and fresh, complete with storage vault and spacious courtyard.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and now excitingly, dinner, the menu is a mix of great produce, great flavours and great skills from the kitchen. Start off your morning with a perfectly brewed coffee and my personal favorite, French toast with candied walnuts and drunken oranges. For lunch, try their organic orange juice (served in jam jars), paired with the bacon, chorizo and corn hash with poached egg.
Their dinner service is a bit more grown up, but still maintains the same charms as their earlier sittings. The menu offers both two course ($45) and three course ($55) sittings. I love meat, and the Porterhouse steak with Paris mash is fantastic: tender and delicious, and you’ll polish your plate clean of mash! Whatever number of courses you chose, make sure you order dessert. The chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream is heaven for chocolate lovers, and my boyfriend rates the Lemon Curd tart as the best dessert he has ever had.
No matter what time of the day or night you find yourself at Little Henri’s, there will always be bubbly staff and delicious food to greet you.
View: www.facebook.com/littlehenricafe; Visit: 848-850 High St, Thornbury; Call: +61 3 9484 8857; Open: Mon – Fri 7.30 – 4.00, Sat – Sun 8.30 – 4.00, dinner please call; Wallet: cash only, Breakfast/Lunch $6 – $20, Dinner $45 – $55.