Eat here: Le Café Flo, Melbourne (French café)

Le Café Flo
709 High St, Thornbury
http://www.lecafeflo.com/

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I love living so close to High Street – the whole way down is amazing, from Preston through to Thornbury, all the way down to Northcote. But, if I had to pick a favourite area right now, it’d be the Thornbury strip. The crowds mostly gather at Welcome to Thorbury’s food truck park, leaving the rest of it pretty free for the locals.  I love spending a lazy Saturday morning walking down the street (saw this GIANT sunflower on the way to this particular lunch stop!), rummaging through Green’s, followed by food. On our last venture, I had a hankering for a sandwich, so we stopped at Le Café Flo.

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This little place is always busy, which is why it’s taken me so long to stop in for a feed – we got lucky, with a table vacating as we walked past, so we quickly grabbed it. It’s a gorgeous little café, with friendly service and a really happy atmosphere. A lot of the diners were obviously regulars, with staff stopping for a chat with a few of them on their way through.

The menu is beautifully and simply French – there are a few fancy dishes like snails, but the baguette and crepe menus are the most extensive. We decided to go with baguettes…
For husband – Le Parisien: Grand Mother’s ham, Dijon mustard butter and cornichons
For me – Le classic: Grand Mother’s ham, Dijon mustard butter, salad and fromage d’Affinois triple cream

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The perfect baguettes – soft and fluffy inside with nice crunchy crusts. This was the ultimate ham and cheese sandwich – husband’s was nice, but the creamy cheese in mine was magic. This is what happens when you use good quality ingredients and put them together in a simple manner. If you’ve got such good ham and cheese and bread, you don’t need to do anything else to them! Considering how busy it was, the service was still pretty quick and friendly, the dessert window looked amazing (pastry!), and it was the perfect little place to relax on the weekend 🙂
Le Café Flo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Eat here: Sookie La La, Melbourne (cafe)

Sookie La La
593 High St, Northcote
http://www.sookielaladiner.com.au/

In their own words, Sookie La La is a “diner style café serving sundaes, shakes, delicious Wide Open Road coffee, bagels, waffles and New York deli style sandwiches.” Sounds pretty good, huh?! This is one of those places I’ve driven past a million times, always noticed the big, simple black & white DINER sign hanging over the sidewalk, and still somehow never stopped. Until last weekend, when I decided it was finally time to get past the front window see what it was all about. I called upon one of my best friends for some girl time and delicious food, and we were not disappointed.

This cute-as-pie little eatery has everything you’d want and expect from a diner; cosy booths lining the far wall, a picture perfect little bar/counter, bright yellow and red condiment bottles on the table, and some seriously friendly but sassy staff to make you feel right at home.

They’ve made a name for themselves in the sandwich game, but the specials board was calling E’s name – she went with the cheeseburger and fries. Amazing, and she said she highly recommends trying one if it manages to stay on the specials board. She also had the most gorgeous picture perfect classic chocolate milk shake (they also have some more exotic stuff like the maple peanut butter, lemon slice, snickers and cherry ripe) complete with red & white stripey swirled straw. It even had the frothy bubbles on top. I so wish I liked milkshakes…

I heard the Cuban calling my name, because a) it seemed the most low FODMAP friendly and b) it just sounded bloody delicious, what with the ham and roast pork and swiss cheese and pickles… and fries, obviously. They were kind enough to make it with gluten free bread, too, and I think may be the first place I’ve ever been to who didn’t charge me more for my bodily intolerances! They were also more than happy to give me the honey mustard mayo on the side (on a side note, I decided to test things out and put a little on my sandwich. Didn’t end real well later on that afternoon. Fructose is definitely not my friend..), which was refreshing not to be sighed at like I was some weirdo health freak who was happy to have a meaty sandwich and fries, but didn’t want to have the fattening condiment – I swear I’m not like that!!!

The sandwich was delicious – chock full of meat, the pickles were unreal, even the GF bread was really good! And those fries… every single one was golden crunchy perfection. Not a single soggy chippy in there. Happy days.

 

I thought I was done after that, but miss E decided a sundae was in order, so we were with the most FODMAP friendly looking one – a coconut sorbet sundae with toasted coconut and chocolate sauce and some perfectly sweet and acidic berry sauce business on top. THAT’S how sundaes should be done. Big thank you to the server who suggested that we’d be total softies if we finished up  our lady date without dessert – it was the deliciously perfect end to the meal and totally worth the slight stomach ache later on!! That coconut sorbet was phenomenal!

I also caught sight of a seriously sexy dessert display on our way out, and am already pretty keen on another visit for a smoked salon bagel and some pie…

It’s no wonder the hipsters are flocking to the Northern suburbs in zombie hoards right now – with food like this in quiet little Thornbury, you’d be mental to go anywhere else! Oh, and they’re open until 9pm tonight… and back in business at 8am tomorrow… go on, you know you want to 😉

 

Sookie La La Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato