Friday, 4 January 2013

Little Henri is a big addition to Central Preston

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.

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9 comments:

  1. Although delicious, my family have come to realise that breakfast for 2 with coffees will remove a whole pineapple from your wallet at these funkster cafes popping up all over Central Preston. Reporter do you think that the asian breakfast alternative of nutritious Pho is more the price range of the average CPL family?

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    1. I understand, and I agree. Two people can have a delicious breakfast of pho or broken rice at Pho Dzung or T's Authentic and walk away with change from $30. It's not possible to walk away satisfied for that price at Little Henri or Pomona or Lady Bower or Cheshire. We should enjoy it while we can, because the Great Northern Migration means that some Dandelion-style place will soon open on High Street with $20 wagyu pho, and the party will be over.

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    2. You could get out of Lady Bower for $30, or at least be very full. It's a fair bit cheaper than the others.

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    3. Yes, I agree. It was unfair to include Lady Bower in the same group with Pomona and Little Henri. And Lady Bower has the most unbelievably tasty children's meal, the meatballs in that delicious flatbread, for only $4 or $5. Apologies to Lady Bower.

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    4. Reporter, your future-seeing knows no bounds. Merely three months after you forecast the influx of pretentious Vietnamese, Fumanchu has opened on the corner of Gilbert Road and Miller Street. If your idea of a serve of salt and pepper squid is five pieces and a bit of coriander, this is your place.

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  2. Little Henri is great, but there's an even NEWER cafe on Plenty rd that's really in Preston! I rode past today and saw lots of happy looking customers out the front, but I was already on my way to meet someone at Thornbury's Lowlands. Can't wait to try it out! It's called Red Bean Coffee HQ, at 121 Plenty rd. Not far from Boundary espresso and Raccoon. Will report back once I've tried it.

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    1. Thanks so much for the tip, I will head there tomorrow. I just checked out the website, they have a dedicated coffee menu. The Great Northern Migration strikes again! I thought maybe we'd get a St Ali or Seven Seeds outpost, but the sustainable eco coffee stylings of Red Bean Coffee HQ have beat them to it.

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    2. They must have one of those media people doing twitter and things because it was even in the Preston leader

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    3. Coverage in the Preston Leader is the benchmark for local marketing success these days. I dream of the day when "CPL Newsline" and "Preston Leader" are mentioned in the same breath.

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