23 March 2015

Little Jean, Double Bay (22 March 2015)

1 Kiaora Road, Double Bay NSW 2028


Fresh and seasonal local gem

“The couple behind the ever popular and award winning Sheaf Bistro, chef Christopher Stockdale and front of house manager Jeanette Woerner are bringing their much loved modern, fresh and seasonal take on food across Kiaora Lane to Double Bay’s new dining hub. Little Jean’s menu will focus on seasonal fare driven by local market produce availability, with an emphasis on sustainable produce wherever possible.”

I’ve popped in a couple of times to this new café/bistro/restaurant which seems to be fast becoming a local gem if the reserved table signs before 12 noon are anything to go by on the first opening weekend. Cappuccino ($3.50) using Single Origin Roasters coffee was good with interesting and enjoyable flavour. Babyccino ($1.50) thankfully came with a marshmallow for the little one and a little paper bag filled with colouring sheets and stickers which kept her occupied for a little while. My preference would be if the cup was kid friendly though in case it was accidently dropped and babyccinos that are all froth will be much safer and less messy if spilled.

There’s a tempting display of freshly baked housemade pastries which attracted me. Croissant ($3.50) with house made jam is nice and buttery. The Pain au Chocolate ($4) is good too and a takeaway of the Almond Croissant ($5.50) proves a yummy winner back home for an afternoon tea with the Mrs. I returned the next day to try the Lemon Tart ($4.50) which was excellent. Thin short crust pastry with snap as hoped and wasn’t too sweet. Topped with a yummy thick meringue makes it all a new Simon Favourite. Service has been helpful and friendly even when under pressure from being busy. I like the natural light filled open space and décor features.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW:
PROS: Tempting housemade pastries, Good coffee, Friendly service and seems to be well staffed, Nice space, Close to Woolworths parking station, Colouring sheets and stickers for the little ones
CONS: It’s gaining popularity very quickly so getting a seat might be a challenge, Hard to view the pastries if people are sitting at the counter in front of them, Babyccino could be more kid friendly
MUST TRY: Lemon Tart, Check out the pastries, Coffee
VERDICT: Looks like a great addition to Double Bay. Looking forward to returning for more coffee, pastries and checking out more of the menu.

Cappuccino ($3.50)
Babyccino ($1.50)
Croissant ($3.50)
Pain au Chocolat ($4)

Almond Croissant ($5.50)

Lemon Tart ($4.50)
SIMON FAVOURITE :-)



















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