I’ve lived most of my life in Duncraig. I was born at Glengarry Hospital, went to school at Duncraig Primary and probably spent a bit longer in the nest of my parents’ abode than I should have. But as much as I love where I grew up, there was something always missing. A cafe or dining scene. But now that I’ve left the fold and am an Innaloo native, it seems that my old hood has filled the void with the addition of a cafe called Little h.
Located at Duncraig Shopping Centre at the base of newly built luxury apartments, it’s a cozy venue that opened in February serving breakfast and lunch every day of the week. Named after the power, the youngest of three in the Hvalgaard family, it offers simple, tasty and seasonal food.
And I recently got to try it both for dinner (at their invitation to launch their new offering on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights) and then breakfast a few days later with Jeremy.
I should have grabbed some snaps of the interior, because it’s pretty as a picture. Light wood accents, lush green plants and festoon lights outside. It’s channelling some of my own house colours and so it is a big tick on the aesthetics for me.
The new dinner menu channels some of the day time offerings but extended further. And it’s BYO which means from day to night you can bring your fave bottle of wine or some brews to accompany your bites.
The price point is extremely friendly, which suits their neighbourhood charm, with dishes ranging from $10 to $24. The cheapest on that scale is the buffalo wings with celery and blue cheese sauce, which were also one of my favourite things we tried on the night. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy and decadent from the dipping sauce. My kinda finger food to kickstart the appetite.
At night there are five different burgers you can choose from at full size, or you can opt for the sliders at $24.00 which comes with:
– the traditional cheeseburger featuring a homemade beef patty, double American cheese, pickles, mustard and tomato sauce
– the spicy buttermilk fried chicken burger with lettuce, onion ring and blue cheese dressing, and
– the crispy salt and pepper pork belly burger with asian slaw, plus apple and blueberry jam.
Most of our table liked the cheeseburger the best, but I was all about that chicken burger – it echoed the buffalo wings but offered that salty fried satisfaction that you can’t help but crave every now and then. I think the full size one at $22.00 is calling my name when I come back here again.
If burgers aren’t your thing, there’s soup with a cheese toastie or a simple evoo pasta dish that you could opt for too. Or you could just tuck in to the sides of fries, onion rings, or sweet potato chips.
No, it’s not fancy food. But it’s exactly what a seaside suburb like this needs as a local. Unpretentious, welcoming and well executed.
And to finish, there’s some baked goods at the counter – or you can choose the flourless chocolate brownie and vanilla ice-cream affogato ($11.00) which offers a final decadent bite (and a jolt of caffeine to keep you up if you’re so inclined!).
I’d actually been meaning to try Little h since it first opened so getting the invitation for dinner was a lovely treat. But I wanted to show some Duncraig love anyway so a couple of days later Jeremy and I took advantage of the weekend sunshine and headed there for breakfast.
It was busier than I expected, but we managed to snag a table fairly quickly outside. Beautiful to soak up some vitamin d under clear skies (not so good to take snaps). We ordered drinks – a banana smoothie and a sunshine juice of orange, pineapple and passionfruit – to enjoy while we waited for our food to come out.
Jeremy’s breakfast burger came out laden with eggs, maple, bacon and other delicious items on a glossy brioche bun. It was steaming hot, and sauce dripped out with every bite. While tasty and well constructed, he found it a bit sweet for his tastes – though to be fair, he is a savoury fan all the way.
My red velvet pancakes with cream cheese drizzle, strawberries and pretzel looked amazing (curse you sun for stopping me from getting a good shot!). They were an absolute beast to devour – so filling and a little bit dense. The drizzle helped to cut through the chocolatey flavour, and the strawberries and pretzels were a vital part, especially the later thanks to the saltiness. I can see why they’re a popular choice, and I definitely liked them, but I think next time I’ll stick to smashed avo on toast. That’s more my speed!
But all in all, Little h brought their A game and it’s great to see a place open up in Duncraig after all this time. And since it’s only 10 minutes from us, I’m sure it’ll be a regular for me to return when I can.