Like I mentioned in my last post, after visiting Huxtaburger we headed straight to LIttle Creatures Dining Hall and for me and Yuye, it was basically a second lunch. Little Creatures made me ponder about life. The restaurant is literally a huge warehouse. It’s the biggest cafe I’ve been to and might be the biggest restaurant as well. I was standing there in the hall watching the customers walk around, order and eat and we just looked so small. We really were the ‘little creatures’ in that big big hall. (Did I just make my sentences rhyme?)
I ordered a latte while Arch ordered a cappuccino but for some strange reason beyond comprehension, Yuye didn’t want one. I would never miss an opportunity to order coffee. Anyway, our coffees arrived and they were lovely. Not as strong as some other coffees I’ve had around Melbourne but quite sufficient. The coffee art was rustic on the cappuccino (not sure if that was intentional) and the latte one was nice too.
And then I figured out why Yuye didn’t want coffee. Little Creatures is known for their beer! So Yuye ordered a pot of Original Pilsner for $5.50 while Sat ordered Roger’s Amber Ale for $5. Both beers tasted quite different to the usual ones I’ve had, the amber ale was quite fruity and sweet but easy to drink while the pilsner was stronger, less sweet and very refreshing. Beers for lunch might be quite common for some but for us is a rarity. Since they have their own breweries in Geelong and Fremantle, I’m not surprised the beers were tasty.
We waited quite a while for our food which was no surprise. The kitchen was tiny with only 3-4 people working in it even though the cafe is HUGE and there really wasn’t a table free during the whole time we were there. It was bustling with a lot of hungry people. The problem was most of the dishes on the menu needed to be cooked and the fact that we had 10 people all ordering food meant they had to be served at around the same time.
It was not too bad of a wait though since I got to gaze around and admire the interior of the place. There was a book shelf full of what seemed like books and magazines, maybe if we sat closer to it I would have grabbed one to read.
It’s not everyday that I have 2 lunches in one day and I can tell you I wasn’t really all that hungry when I walked in and neither was Yuye. I know I have the tendency to always over order and over eat then feel totally bloated afterwards so we decided to just order 1 dish between us. I was a bit gutted as there were so many delicious sounding dishes on the menu but after much agonising, we settled for the homemade pie for $22. I believe the contents of this pie changes all the time thus the ingredients was not specified on the menu.
Our pie came with chunky beef stew that was tender and so tasty that I was actually glad I didn’t order a breakfast dish! The dish came with salad and a little jug of beef jus. I didn’t understand why we needed the jus since the pie looked very juicy already, but it really made a different to the dish. It doesn’t look all that big for the price but it was actually quite filling and was probably one of the best pies I’ve had.
4 of our friends ordered 3 pizzas to share. The pizzas actually looked fantastic. I was (for just a second) almost disappointed we didn’t order a pizza instead. I didn’t get to try them though which was such a shame os here’s just a few photos as food porn. Apparently the rocket, pear and gorgonzola pizza ($17) was the best, followed by the eggplant, spinach, dukkah and goats cheese ($18). The chorizo, sweetcorn and feta didn’t fare as well as it was a bit plain. I would have LOVED to try the kipfler potatoes
I did try a little of Ben’s breakfast pizza which was quite nice. As I tried the pizza towards the end of the meal, it became a bit soggy so I can’t fully comment on how good the pizza was when it came out. I did think it was a tiny bit salty. Regardless, all my friends said the pizzas were great which makes me wish I had tried a bit of each one!
I wasn’t a huge fan of the frittata ($15) as it was more like a quiche. Look how thick it was! It was a tiny bit under seasoned as well but I may again be biased because I tried it when it was became cold already.
Arch ordered a big breakfast for $19 which he said tasted as expected, nothing fancy, just good old poached eggs, sautéed mushrooms, regular bacon and toast. He did say that the baked beans tasted cooked from scratch and not from a can which is always good.
By the time we finished the meal, it had started pouring outside. We waited at the door deciding whether to run for it or someone bring the cars. As we waited around, I noticed the cute table at the entrance showcasing different beer brewing terms and ingredients titled ‘Little Creatures Beer 101′. If you’re a big beer fan, this table might be interesting for you.
There was also a very cute (and reasonably large) herb garden out the front which made me wonder whether anyone have tried to pick any from it, and the Little Creatures branded bicycles also got me curious. What do they use it for I wonder?
In the end we decided to run for it but thankfully the rain wasn’t all that strong. Little Creatures is open from 8am till late every day and is a fantastic place to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a snack and a beer. Their chips looked fantastic (my friends ordered a bowl before we arrived so I didn’t get to try any), the beers were tasty and refreshing, the coffees great and the food even better. Despite having such a large dining area, the popularity on a rainy day for lunch is sufficient to suggest a possible queue during peak dining times on a Friday night or Saturday night.
I have read mixed reviews for this place but it really all depends on the experiences of the reviewer on the day of visiting and mine just happened to be fantastic.
Question time: Are you one to choose coffee over beer when both are meant to be great or is it the other way around?
Little Creature Dining Hall
Phone: (03) 9417 5500
222 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065