The life of a freelancer can be a lonely one, and after recently realising I was going a bit mad at home decided to work away from home at least every other day.
One of my discoveries as a result has become my favourite Perth cafe, and somewhere I now work from at least twice a week: The Little Resident in Nedlands.
The Little Resident is part of The Resident bar, the white-on-white reincarnation of the Byrneleigh Hotel. You can read more about that in my Broadsheet news story here.
I dined at The Resident for dinner when it first opened, and came back when my friend Renae became Cafe Manager of The Little Resident. I first met Renae when she was working at the lovely Twig & Sparrow cafe in Willetton.
Renae was previously Head Barista at Beaufort Local and also trains other baristas in latte art. She brings a fantastic service-focus to the cafe, and makes an outstanding cup of coffee 🙂
Coffee at the Little Resident is from Bibra Lake based Backyard Coffee, who have been closely involved with the cafe since its opening.
Renae is currently working with Backyard’s roaster Asher on a custom blend, and hopes to soon introduce new brewing techniques as well as cold drinks for summer.
The Resident’s Head Chef, Grant Greyling, used to work at Jamie’s Italian in Perth alongside Lorenzo from Woodfire Italian Restaurant in Ellenbrook, and he’s developed great menus for the bar and cafe. Breakfast is served until 11:30am daily.
The food is excellent, and the pictures speak for themselves (and if you’re wondering, the chicken & waffles has a good whack of chilli!) The corn, zucchini and sweet potato fritters are vegan and gluten free.
The Little Resident’s cakes are supplied by Innaloo based Ox and Rabbit. Bombolini (Italian donuts) from Woodfire Italian Restaurant are available on weekends.
The Resident’s bar menu caters for lunch and dinner, offering a selection of main and sharing meals, pizzas and sides. Here you can see the baked gnocchi, brandy liver pate with pickles and apple butter, and a burger from the daily specials menu. See the full menu here.
Many of the items are gluten free, and vegetarians and vegans are catered for.
One of the things I love the most about The Little Resident is the space. Light and bright, it’s a great space to work in, meet with colleagues or just sit back to enjoy the coffee and food. There is plenty of seating inside and out.
For me, the perfect cafe has to achieve the trifecta of great food, coffee and service. The Little Resident excels in all areas, plus it’s a great place to be productive or just watch the world go by. A must-visit.
The Little Resident
156 Hampden Road, Nedlands
Open from 7am Mon-Fri, 8am Sat-Sun
Breakfast served until 11:30am, then lunch and dinner from the bar menu.