Follow the painted silhouettes of children decorating the outside of the big corner building at the Dundas Street intersection and introduce yourself to Little Henri.
Bright and airy, Little Henri is a big space that’s been utilised well. The dark wooden chairs and tables are comfy, the decorations minimal yet stylish and there’s a courtyard perfect for lazing in.
There are plenty of breakfast options, starting with a brioche bun filled with bacon, egg, machengo and tomato kasundi and ending with the currant French toast with candied walnuts and drunken oranges. Baguettes and paninis definitely seem to be the lunching go. Have yourself a baguette stuffed with pork belly, cabbage and fennel slaw and quince aioli, or the slow roasted lamb panini with crushed peas, feta, mint and more tomato kasundi. Or if you’re looking for something heartier, which forgoes bread, try the corn, pea and bacon hash with chorizo, eggplant pickle and a poached egg perched on top. Do not be fooled by menu notes that promise small-portioned dishes – everything is generously plated here.
Little Henri has cunningly devised a varied menu that taps neatly into a multifaceted local community.