Long Story Short Cafe has just recently moved from their Richmond location to Port Melbourne on the corner of Crockford St and Ingles St. The Port Melbourne location boasts a beautifully clean look with a toasty warm and welcoming atmosphere. Wide windows which frame the cafe along both sides of the cafe allows for plenty of natural light to reflect off the white tiles and walls.
Near the front counter, is a little glass cabinet displaying a range of delicious looking mini iced donuts, cookie sandwiches and assorted pastries.
For a mini baked donut at $4.80, it does appear to be quite steep when I’ve made similar ones at home.
Hot chocolate web and marshmallows $11.50
As they no longer have the matcha version of the hot chocolate drink, I opted to try their hot chocolate web. It’s still fun to drink but does not look as exciting as their original version. The little marshmallows make the hot chocolate drink very sweet, but on it’s own the drink has a good body and depth of flavour.
Sweet potato noodle salad (VG) $15.00
Fungi, beansprouts, crispy onion, coriander, tofu, seaweed, sesame oil and sweet chilli dressing
Served cold, the sweet potato noodle dish was very nice. Although I think it’d even taste better served as a warm salad because it did resemble something close to a stir fry. The sesame and sweet chilli dressing was worked perfectly with the salad, except that there was just too much of it. It was not fun scooping the salad to one side to drain it so I could eat it. The salad is light and not very filling. Essentially, I could have eaten two servings but went home to boil myself a packet of instant ramen noodles instead.
Braised lamb shoulder with poached egg $19.00 + $3.50
Purple cauliflower, farro, sunflower seeds, cherries, pecans, coriander, lemon labneh, chilli
The meat of the soft and tender pulled lamb shoulder was marinated well and contained a lot of flavour. My friend was expecting a little more purple cauliflower on the dish. Rather, he was somewhat disappointed to find that it had been placed on the plate more for presentation purposes. The lemon labneh and grains added a nice contrast of textures to the dish. Not entirely filling for a hungry man but enough to satiate.
Overall, the cafe is housed in a lovely new establishment with much more visibility than I would imagine at their Richmond location. Service was good, friendly and attentive and the selection of menu offerings is varied enough to peak people’s interest. Sadly, the original chocolate drink and matcha white chocolate drink is no longer available in the way we know it. Nonetheless, the the new chocolate web drink is still very good. Not necessarily place I would go out of my way to visit but would definitely consider it if I was in the area.