The Larder is a southern suburbs hidden gem located just behind Cavendish Square. While it’s tricky to find parking nearby on a busy Saturday morning, it was worth it. It really created a lovely atmosphere for the breakfast catch-up that I had with my friend recently.
From the outside, this little coffee shop looks rustic and felt homey and super comfortable. It may not look like much from the outside because of its unassuming exterior and location in one of the older buildings but its the interior that brings the fun factor. We received an incredibly warm welcome into this cosy brightly coloured space which features cool window seating, tons of colourful scatter cushions, funky cheese grater lamps, and a large blackboard menu. The quirky decor really makes this place stand out. What makes it even better: it’s so comfortable that you could easily spend a day here either with friends or catching up on work.
The coffee – Bean There Coffee – was served in a cute pastel pink mug with no handle and quirky latte art was divine as expected. And then came the menu. My friend is vegan so she opted for the porridge (oats) minus the butter and asked for a vegan honey substitute and almond milk. I never had any but my friend raved about it and if she says its good then I’ll take her word for it.
I was on the mood to indulge so went straight for the eggs benedict aptly named ‘The Johnny Depp.’ It consisted of toast, poached eggs, most tomatoes, nice light hollandaise sauce, perfectly soft poached eggs as extra rashers of crispy bacon. This is Mr Celebrity’s favourite dish – and the owner Sonja would know since she used to work as his private chef! And let me tell you – I’m SO glad I tried it! It was perfectly yummy. And that bacon – I’m a sucker for crispy bacon – was to die for!
The coffee and food there is tasty, honest, wholesome and extremely vegan-friendly. The staff are also accommodating and are able to make substitutions for vegans if asked. Sonja sources her produce locally and has gathered a number of suppliers who she trusts to provide only the best free range and organic ingredients. Eggs are always free-range, meats are pasture reared, coffee fair trade and packaging bio-degradable. Who said food can’t be health-conscious and tasty? The menu currently focuses mainly on breakfast and lunch items but the Larder has also recently extended their hours to include a Supper Club on Mondays.
I found the service to be a bit slow in the beginning. My coffee took an unusually long while to arrive. Our server was a bit absent at the beginning of our visit but after we ordered there were no problems. The staff earn brownie points for being the friendliest and down-to-earth people I’ve come across. The people here are guaranteed to be full of smiles and warmth.
The Larder definitely knows what it’s doing! If you wanna have some Johnny Depp for breakfast, pop by at 8 Grove Avenue in Claremont.
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