The first venture from Charl Laubscher, Erika Geraerts, Morgan Green and Adam Houston, Little Big Sugar Salt is a small cafe with a lot of heart. Situated on Victoria Street – a strip that’s traditionally more about pho than porridge – LBSS certainly stands out, and that’s just the way they like it.

With a compact menu, LBSS has managed to pack a whole lot of flavour into just eight signature items (plus a rotating specials board of sandwiches). But that’s the thing about LBSS: the team just wanted to do a few items a bit differently, and do them really well, while helping the hungry masses take the guesswork out of breakfast.

Sure, you have to be prepared to put your trust in the kitchen, but have faith that you and your tastebuds will be rewarded. Indeed, who knew that banana, peanut butter and blue cheese worked so well on a crumpet? If the crowds can attest to anything, it’s that chef Clint Gresham knows what he's doing.

For those who are a little more conservative before 8am, there’s also the LBSS spin on some familiar favourites – think French toast with labne, house-made granola, baked eggs and some seriously good hash browns with pomegranate. What makes this kitchen alchemy all the more impressive is that Gresham is building these creations in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kitchen that fits snugly behind the small bar at the entrance.

In this respect, LBSS is all about creating something special with what you have. While Laubscher and Geraerts put their years of copywriting and design experience to good use by doing all the design for LBSS themselves, Green and Houston (both tradies) got to work on the interior of the building, gutting what was previously a dingy and uninspiring office and transforming it into a bright space with beautiful and clever detailing.

LBSS is a cafe that skips the BS and instead proves the mum’s age-old saying that the greatest things come in the smallest packages.

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Little Big Sugar Salt
Corner Victoria & Lithgow Streets, Abbotsford

Mon to Fri 6.30am–3pm
Sat & Sun 8am–3pm