We first discovered Little Sunflower on Instagram, after viewing a spectacular photo of a technicolour turmeric pancake dish. What were these beautiful bright yellow babies? And being the health-food-loving will-try-any-trend people we are, where could we find them? So we set our Google Maps to LS’s Elwood address (kidding, we both basically live around the corner) and asked for the most instagram-photo-taking worthy seats in the house. Turns out, they were located smack bang in-front of their ceiling-to-floor wall of greenery. Just a casual wall of lush greens, no big deal.
LS have put so much thought and love into their business; supporting artisan, organic, seasonal, wild crafted, handcrafted, sustainable, free range, ethical and nutrient dense produce. And then they work wonder’s in their kitchen to present all of this goodness in each and every dish.
What are our favourites, you ask? After extensive menu research (we’ve returned several times since our first turmeric-pancake coma), we’ve narrowed it down to a few key dishes. Numero uno is the ‘Breakfast Salad’, with avocado, spinach, bacon, puffed aramanth, freekah, rye croutons, poached egg, hazelnut and chia seed dukkah. This is one of the best breaky salads we’ve ever had; with a generous serving size and the inclusion of both bread AND bacon. What a winner.
Our second pick is the ‘Sweet Potato Roesti’; poached eggs, kale, mushrooms and kasoundi (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian). For those unaware, kasoundi is a tomato chutney, and a delicious one we might add. The perfect accompaniment to the thick, tasty roesti. And of course, the lemon, turmeric & quinoa pancakes, mascarpone and organic maple syrup are an absolute winner. Turmeric is an underrated superfood, with its anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and antioxidant properties just the tip of the iceberg.
The Buddha Bowls are another menu must-try, our favourite being one that combines carrot, lentils, avocado, roasted tomato, mushrooms, cabbage, pickled red onion, labne, spiced nuts and rocket (gluten free). Of course LS has killer juice and smoothie menu offerings, with the ‘Cool as a’ (cucumber, kale, mango, spirulina, ginger, lemon coconut water) smoothie, and the Sunny Life (orange, beetroot, ginger) juice our pick’s of the bunch.
Little Sunflower supports other local businesses too, with some of our favourites being the delicious Simple Seed raw slices (try to raw bounty- you wont be disappointed!), as well as Extramile kombucha, Almond Milk Co almond milk and Allpress coffee.