Sookie La La
A childhood obsession with cult classic It’s a Wonderful Life inspired Hannah Crosbie’s (ex-Small Block) romantic 1950s-style diner, Sookie La La.
Pull up a padded leather stool at the custom-made art deco bar and sip old-school filter coffee (with real cream as an optional extra) or spoon into a tall sundae layered with rich chocolate ice cream, salty butter popcorn and house-made waffle. There’s even a vegan version with coconut sorbet, berry and pistachio.
By February 2014 you’ll find American breakfast classics on the menu, with seven am openings planned. Until then chef Cam Grove (also ex-Small Block) is rocking American-style sandwiches – think pulled pork and apple slaw in a brioche bun and ‘feely’ cheesesteak, a take on Philadelphia's famous soft-baguette sandwich of chopped beef, onions and provolone cheese. A bagel with peanut butter and ‘jelly’ is a viable all-day option, and there’s mac n’ cheese too.
With a fresh pastel-mint-and-cream paint job, Elvis crooning from the stereo and cheerful service, Sookie La La – there ain’t no crying over you.