If Steve Zissou, Royal Tenenbaum and M. Gustave lived in Sydney, this is where they’d get their coffee. They would be perfectly framed, like one of Wes Anderson’s stills, with pastel pink and blue walls, mid-century furniture, a hanging vine and an odd arrangement of vintage collectibles in the background. There are no white tiles, copper pipes or exposed bricks, and Little Lord is all the better for it.
“We’ve got minimal storage and minimal kitchen space,” says Graeme Alexander, co-owner, chef and barista. “We have just two sandwich presses, a salamander grill and a pot of boiling water for eggs,” Unsurprisingly, there are only five things on the current menu; toasties, toast, toasted granola, eggs on toast (with optional sides) and a seasonal salad. The menu has already gone through one radical transformation and is likely to keep changing.
“When we first opened we thought we'd do a retro menu to suit the fit-out, but a few things, while they tasted really good, were way too heavy for summer,” Alexander says. The bubble and squeak and corned beef hash may return when it’s cold and rainy, but for now there’s a Waldorf-ish salad with apple, celery, mixed lettuce, a poached egg and either a mayonnaise or lemon dressing. There’s a thick-cut brioche toastie with three cheeses, grana pandano, bocconcini and aged cheddar. And a sandwich (it can also be a toastie) with fried, aged pork leg, parmesan and a charred pineapple relish.
Considering the kitchen’s scope, the relative inexperience of the three chefs (Alexanders’ wife, Jax Alexander and Little Lord’s other barista, Joss Eastwood cook too) and the price point (everything is $12 or under) it’s impressively clever and well executed. That’s partly due to the excellent produce. Meat is from ethical butchers Feather and Bone; bread is from Marrickville’s Two Chaps, vegetables are from Shane and Amanda Roberts; coffee is by Sample; and cakes are made by Jax’s 90-year-old German grandmother, Liesbeth Grunwald. “She just makes something and brings it down. It's pretty authentic,” says Alexander.
102 Salisbury Road, Camperdown
Tue to Fri 7am–3pm
Sat & Sun 8am–3pm