The Little Ox is one of those cafes which I have been to many times but never managed to write a blog post about. It’s crazy because I love The Little Ox and should really be shouting its praises far and wide. Perhaps secretly I don’t want to let too many people in on how great it is. But I think that theory was blown when I spot Eric Bana there having coffee one morning. If the celebrities are onto it then everyone must be.
The cafe is bright and cheery with sunny yellow seating and black and white striped awnings. There’s a standard menu of breakfast classics but keep an eye out for the seasonal menu which changes regularly. I headed there with Meat-and-Three-Veg during the heatwave and they had some gorgeous summery dishes which were perfect for the hot temperatures.
From the standard menu, The Little Ox’s corn fritters are the business. The corn is popping fresh and the fritters come with free range leg ham, avocado and a perfectly poached egg.
I was even more impressed by the Summer menu which included a grilled peach bruschetta ($16). Grilling the peaches intensified their flavour and they were perfectly teamed with creamy goats curd.
The coffee at The Little Ox is spot on. Although, in the heat I opted for a refreshing fresh Watermelon juice ($7). It’s no surprise this place has been humming since it opened with a team of crack owners – Ben Avramides, Tommy McIntosh, Luke Holt and Simon Winfield (also behind catering business Tommy Collins and Hawk and Hunter).
Details: The Little Ox, 452 New St, Brighton (Ph 03 9596 6577)