Housed in a minimalist sunlit space, it's clear from the outset that Long Story Short doesn't cut any corners. From the warm, laidback Nordic design to the dishes that are practically tailored for Instagram, the cafe is the latest addition to Port Melbourne's blooming food scene.
The all-day menu is effortlessly refined and menu items incorporate a few interesting twists, including the pistachio-crumbed fish tacos ($20) and the liquorice salt and feta scrambled duck eggs on toast ($19). Plump, crispy corn fritters ($18) come on a bed of spicy paprika babaghanoush, crème fraîche, smoked almonds, riso venere salad and scattered kimchi popcorn. It's the lighter, toast-free start to the morning we could easily get used to.
In what could be the best example of Melbourne's current excessively decadent eating conventions, Long Story Short's signature buttermilk Tim Tam pancakes ($17) are served swimming in chocolate soup. The airy, buttery pancakes are layered with poached nashi pears, popping vanilla peanuts and mascarpone before being topped with Tim Tam gelato. The sweet-adverse waiter (only half jokingly) declares the dish is from his "worst nightmares" — but if you're a lover of anything chocolate, this will easily transport you to dessert heaven.
Freshly squeezed juices, matcha and turmeric lattes are some of your caffeine-free morning choices. A hot chocolate served with a meltable web of chocolate will entertain sweet tooths, while a boutique selection of wine, beers, ciders and bubbles will feed your other vice. Brunch-friendly cocktails like mimosas and bloody Marys are also on offer, and coffee is by local brewers Proud Mary.
The Scandi-style interior features blond benchtops, hanging plants and clean white chairs. Friendly service comes with the touch of cheekiness that elevates any café, so a single visit to this cafe isn't likely to be the end of the story.
Image: Ellen Seah.