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Restaurant Review: Little Way, Nedlands
Stepping into Little Way on a blindingly hot summer’s day is not unlike discovering a verdant oasis in the searing desert. Despite being a heritage building, the space is contemporary and a serious breath of fresh air, with lots of indoor and alfresco areas to choose from. Décor is predominantly white, with hits of lush green in the form of cushions, menus and plant-life. On the day we visit, the doors are open but the air-con is cranked, giving this haven a cool, refreshing almost-outside-but-not-quite vibe. As you might expect from a Western suburbs eatery, the clientele is local and gentrified, with all the generations represented during our visit. The 120-seater is still only six weeks young, but is already packing them in.
Service is smooth, professional and friendly, without being overly familiar. Ordering is at the counter.
The breakfast menu is as fresh and uncluttered as the surroundings, with a range of light dishes that steer away from the usual run-of-the-mill greasy spoon offerings. A generous, chunky granola proves to be a dead-set winner. Lightly toasted and made in-house, the dish is a morerish combo of pecans, almond flakes, oats and maple syrup, with the nuts giving it a warm, earthy flavour. Topped with berries, edible flowers, mint (grown in the restaurant’s burgeoning herb garden) and lashings of Greek yoghurt, it’s served with a side of local honey and milk. Too good – we decide we could eat this every day. A zingy freshly-pressed juice of orange, carrot, lemon and ginger balances things out just right.
A peek at the modern Mediterranean lunch and dinner menu has us salivating, with a selection of small share plates, pizza and nicely-priced mains included in the mix. Crispy pork belly with pear ricotta and baby carrots? We’re in.
Little Way is fully-licensed.
161 Broadway, Nedlands
Tel 9386 3639
Open seven days, 7.30am-late