Savoury or sweet? The great internal battle when it comes to ordering brunch. Little Big Sugar Salt in Abbotsford understand this first-world problem and have designed their menu accordingly. It's broken down into either salty or sweet and big or small, so all you need to know is the mood you're in. Genius, right?
This new Victoria Street addition is a labour of love from a group with as much passion as they have talent. The team — Charl Laubscher, Erika Geraerts, Morgan Green, Jesse Aston and Adam Houston — have done it all themselves from the painting to the coffee making. Speaking of coffee, rather than going with the grain and stocking one of Melbourne's well-known brands, they are going east and using a nice smooth coffee from People's Coffee in Wellington ($3 for a white coffee).
Let's go back to that menu. The kitchen, run by Clint Gresham, it tucked in behind the counter next the coffee machine. This makes you a little more impressed when you see just what they are dishing up with little-to-no room to move. Unlike many a Melbourne cafe, this menu, just like the kitchen, is small: eight items with rotating sandwich specials ($12). They are aiming to nail a few things rather than offering anything and everything. Nail it they do. Decide if you want sweet or savoury and then if you want big or small. It's that easy.
For something small and salty try the Health – an aspirational meal of tomato, avocado, herbs and green beans on toast with vegemite ($11). Or perhaps you're feeling like something big and sweet, then the fruit bread french toast might be the way to go, served with vanilla labne and fresh fruit ($16). Menu items like the crumpets with peanut butter, maple syrup, banana and blue cheese ($8) are pushing the boundaries of what people are used to, but this is the kind of place where you can trust the kitchen and give things a go. You won't be disappointed.
Little Big Sugar Salt is giving Victoria Street something a little bit special — plus possibly the first ever selfie station, located in the bathroom, fit with social media hastags and all. Go have a coffee, take a picture and answer that perennial question, salty or sweet?