Little Henri opened in late 2012 at the corner of High Street and Dundas Street, technically in Thornbury and therefore arguably outside the geographical confines of Central Preston. However given that it sits across the road from Central Preston's Manhattan Triangle, the editorial team agreed it is an appropriate venue for CPL Newsline to cover.
Inside, Little Henri is spacious and has a clean-lined industrial aesthetic. Little Henri is incredibly popular; the photo below is an extremely rare shot of the interior without any patrons in view and was taken well before 9.00am. When the photographer left the space was already at least half full.
There is an outdoor area with a beautiful wall of hanging pot plants.
The menu is varied and spans both breakfast and lunch. When planning a visit keep in mind that most of the lunch menu items are not available until midday. The coffee is excellent.
The CPL Newsline editorial team tried the smashed avocado and the zucchini fritters. The smashed avocado was delicious; the avocado and fetta combined with lemony creamy salty joy, and the serving was generous particularly when compared to many cafes further south towards Northcote.
When ordering the zucchini fritters, a request to substitute bacon instead of the house smoked salmon was met with some alarm, as apparently the chef doesn't like patrons messing with the menu items. But bacon was delivered all the same, and the dish was very tasty. The horseradish cream was a particularly enjoyable touch.
The CPL Newsline editorial team has not yet sampled any dishes from the lunch menu, but has been assured by regular patrons that the pork belly baguette is a stand-out on the very strong menu.