19 April 2016

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Little Oink, Cook Shops

| Samara Gentle
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For the next stop on my tour of suburban cafes I decided to head north and check out Little Oink, a new addition to the Cook Shops.

Little Oink opened in April this year and has become a quick favourite for locals. Considering how kid friendly this place is I can see why it’s also become a favourite of mums and dads.

The first thing that grabs my attention is the teal vintage coffee machine, affectionately known as Dolly by the staff.

The cafe is full of colour with wall paintings and murals, coloured chandeliers, brightly coloured coffee mugs and the mish-mash of furniture.

Tucked away is also a kids play area with secure play gate, toys and all sorts for young kids to entertain themselves.

To really put the cafe through its paces, I took a friend with an almost 3 year old and 4 month old. Straight away the almost 3-year-old went into the play area and busied herself cooking us breakfast, while we ordered breakfast.

The menu is short and sweet and we both settled on coffees with bacon, eggs, chorizo and toast for our meal. My favourite kind of breakfast is eggs benedict which they unfortunately didn’t do, but I’m noticing a lot of cafes skip eggs benedict on the menu these days.

Something noticeable on the menu to mention is they offered everything at ‘half-size for kids’ which I think is a very sensible approach for a cafe that you don’t often see in most places.

We also ordered a small chocolate shake for the almost 3-year-old and it was quickly delivered in a takeaway coffee cup along with a coloured marker to entertain her and add some artwork to her drink.

Breakfast was served very quickly and was just as described, eggs, bacon, chorizo and toast. Nice and simple when you’re not craving anything in particular.


Then came the dreaded ‘I’m hungry’ cries from the 4-month-old and the staff behind the counter happily obliged and allowed my friend to heat up some formula in their microwave.

As we left I noticed the dessert cabinet – something I’m slightly glad we didn’t see as we walked in otherwise it would have been cake for breakfast.


The desserts looked amazing and next time I’ll skip breakfast for something sweet!


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Thanks for the review. And top work Little Oink. An excellent establishment.

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