In Short: Little Lord is unassuming on the outside, but thoroughly delightful once you walk through the front door. Friendly service with a menu that is concise, yet impresses. Coffee is quite simply, perfect!
Stepping into Little Lord is like stepping back in time, in the coolest kinda way. With Charles & Eddie and their one-hit wonder playing in the background, we take a seat, in what can only be described as a church pew with a soft fabric cushion. There are comfortable leather chairs, couches, and a little table setting for 6. It’s an interior that pays homage to the 60s, and I love it. It reminds me of the house my parents first rented in Chifley, Canberra. Lots of browns, olives, and creams. It’s a warmth and comfort that’s rare, and I notice diners on a Sunday morning spending time reading and chatting, a refreshing contrast!
Little Lord is a converted record store which feels so homely and comfortable. They haven’t gone to extraordinary lengths to pack diners in like sardines, as is the wont of many cafes across Sydney, rather it is super comfortable, with lots of space to stretch out, enjoy the cool tunes, and the great food.
In keeping with keeping it uncomplicated, the menu is concise with just a few items comprising of bruschetta, sandwiches, and two bowls. Drinks are just the essentials as well, with milk coffees, espresso, filter, and a cold brew. There’s tea and a couple of cold drinks as well. I choose a homemade labneh which sits under their bruschettas. I didn’t know what to expect but as you can the see, the picture speaks a thousand words. It’s stunning! The stoned fruits glisten, and it’s a battle to not just dig in straight away. The housemade labneh is creamy, with a hint of sourness. It’s silky smooth too. Then there’s the fruit, which are the superstars. Soft, glazed, sweet and bursting with fruity flavour. The plums are a revelation; I would travel miles again, just to eat them plums! It’s a light breakfast that’s topped off with a drizzle of honey. If there’s a better brekky bruschetta, please tell me, because it will be hard to top Little Lord with this offering.
Little Sammi is becoming a little more courageous, and confidently requests a three cheese toastie comprising an aged cheddar, bocconcini, and grana padano which is held together by brioche loaf. I love the different textures of the cheeses in her toastie. There’s the strength and sharpness of the aged cheddar, which contrasts with the creamy bocconcini with touch of tanginess. Then there’s the grana padano with its distinct savoury flavour, and slightly crumbly-like texture. Soft brioche absorbs the cheeses ensuring each bite is soft, yet rich, with cheesy flavour.
Rounding out my meal I wash it all down with a flat white. Like everything else we’ve had on our first visit to Little Lord, it’s perfection in a cup. I love the strength in the first sip which smoothes out beautifully. There’s a perfect little layer of froth. The Sample coffee blend is not huge on acidity, yet there are delicate fruity flavours, with a chocolate finish. It’s so easy drinking it, that I get up and order another one.
I am thankful, that instead of retreating to Surry Hills, I ventured to Camperdown and found Little Lord. It is a cafe that epitomises cute and cool. Their service is super friendly, and we had our meals on the table in no time. The wife is out of town for a week, but we’ll be heading straight to Little Lord when she gets through customs next week, to try the rest of the menu.
Update: We loved our initial visit so came back from round two, and I am sure they will be round three and more!
I sampled the croque madame. Another superb breakfast dish by the team at Little Lord. I loved the how the lava egg yolk flows out over the ham and cheese. There’s the saltiness from the cheese and ham, with the richness of the egg. It’s savoury goodness. It all sits on a chunky piece of sourdough that’s crispy and luxurious with the béchamel grilled into the bread.
The milk coffees from our first visit were outstanding and this time we sample their filter and cold drip. First up is the cold brew. With the temperature rising outside, it’s the perfect coffee for the day. The beans come from Honduras and provide a sweet yet smoky flavour. There’s hints of dates with a caramel finish.
A second coffee is the filter coffee. This one is definitely worth the wait as it’s a full bodied coffee yet smooth to consume. From the Nyeri region of Kenya, the flavour of currants are prominent. It’s an easy drinking coffee with very light acidity.