On our first hit-and-miss visit to Little River, I noted that I'd be interested in coming back for lunch. We finally followed through on Saturday. The sun shone through the windows but it was cool inside, and Little River was hosting a steady stream of customers.
Michael wanted what those other customers were having before he'd even heard its description. It revealed itself to be a daily special of vegan tofu quesadillas ($15) stuffed with tofu and beetroot hummus (plus what we reckon was Biocheese) and a side of corn salsa and guacamole. Michael loved this fresh and hefty plateful, but wished for a bottle of hot sauce to spice it up.
I requested the vegan option on their corn fritter wrap ($9). A solid toaster-pressing held this together well, and I enjoyed the juicy filling of charred corn, capsicum, spinach and avocado. I couldn't really detect the chutney and wished for just a touch of acidity - perhaps a lime wedge on the side? The lightly dressed rocket garnish certainly helped.
I held off on a milkshake and saved room for something from the cake cabinet, picking out a vegan-friendly pecan slice ($5). It was soft and sweet, perhaps not at deeply caramelised as I prefer, but still darn good. It'd even survive a takeaway bag, I reckon.
We received cheery and efficient service, and weren't hurried out the door. It's lovely to see this vegetarian cafe holding its own with unpretentious, fresh foods.
You can read about our first visit to Little River here. Since then it has also featured on veganfoodtour.
Shop 7, 208 Albion St, Brunswick
Accessibility: There's a small lip on the door and a shallow ramp as an alternative to the three steps up inside. Tables are arranged quite spaciously; we ordered there and paid at a low-medium counter. The toilet is a unisex cubicle - access is flat but narrow, inside is spacious but lacks handrails and other dedicated supports. There are a couple of high chairs and a small selection of children's toys available.