Little Green is for people on the move.
From fresh fruit bursts made every morning to jaffles and acai bowls, the food here was designed to hold in your hand as you’re running for a tram. That’s how I eat breakfast most mornings anyway.
Katherine Sampson (owner of burger joint Hello Sam), along with manager Jordan Parkinson wanted to create a community-based café that champions the vegetarian and vegan food movement. Big beefy burgers, this place ain't.
“We were just trying to think of things that weren’t really around here, obviously there are some cafés that do veggie and vegan stuff, but we wanted to be 100% veggie and vegan with me being vegan and a couple of the girl’s too,” says Jordan.
Even their chef, Stewart Anderson, who has a very meaty background, was keen to push the boundaries on what they could do with plant-based food in the café.
“There’s more scope for creativity with vegan food. When you’ve got to create different flavours and textures with things, I think that’s quite exciting for a chef.”
The Mexican Bowl with vegan chilli is a testament to their food experimentation. The texture of the chilli is incredibly mince-like, with hearty beans and a rich tomato base. You won’t miss the dairy on this one either, with tangy vegan sour cream and guac scooped generously on top. This bowl also comes with corn chips. Very, very filling.
If you’re a spendy human, enter with caution, because the shelves are stocked full of random and intriguing vegan products like Darryl’s Fresh Roasted Peanut Butter (YUM), lollies from The Red Balloon and even homemade dog treats.
For those on a first visit we recommend grabbing a Piña Colada smoothie made with pineapple, coconut, coconut ice-cream and almond milk, and a double (vegan) cheese and vegemite jaffle—we’re Aussies, what do you expect?
If you work on Chapel St, then this place will become your new best friend over the summer months (#health and all that good stuff).
Image credit: Sammy Green