A new coffee shop café in Maylands, but on the other side of the tracks from the main shopping and eating strip, in the premises of what I recall as an auto electrician’s shop, Little Shop of Plenty is carving out a niche for itself with its organic and raw food emphasis.
Dairy and gluten free and using nuts and coconut to manufacture milk, cheeses and the like, they also sell a range of products such as granola from the small retail area of the shop.
Their cakes, despite the lack of dairy, flour and limited use of sugar of any kind look great and the lemon and lime cheesecake we tried was deliciously creamy, with a zesty lift from the citrus and sitting on a soft and nutty base.
With tables, benches and chairs both inside and out, umbrellas providing shade at the front, there are plenty of seating options. A small sandpit for the kids and an embryonic herb and vegetable garden in concrete tubs, and couple of small, but no doubt one day taller, shade trees make for a pleasant little place.
On the day we dropped past the crowd indicated to us that the owners have picked their market well.
Our coffees met expectations, even without a cow milky component – nice crema, good strength, my only slight criticism was that mine was less than lukewarm – I don’t want it hot but it could have done with a tiny bit more heat.
But a minor point, it tasted and looked fine.
So, Little Shop of Plenty has added another dimension to the offerings of Maylands and looks to have bright future.