A corner-store cafe with the finest Masala Chai in town. Little Evie is a Redfern’s best-kept local secret.
Tucked between the terraces and plush London Plane’s shielding Bourke Street, Little Evie has been delighting Redfern locals with generous servings of breakfast and lunch favourites since opening in 2016. Ideal for a lazy Sunday sling or a casual weekday meeting, this large dining room welcomes young and old.
In under two years, owners Dimitri Tourlas and Sevin Zhang have perfected their understanding of what it means to be a local institution. While diners may come from far and wide, like stepping into your local coffee shop, there is something about Little Evie that makes one feel warm and welcome.
Be beckoned inside by a display cabinet filled to the brim with delightful baked daily goods and pastries, from choc chip cookies ($4) to creamy croissants ($4). You will have to fight through the line of caffeine addicts taking advantage of Little Evie’s roasted in-house beans (starting at $3.50 for a small).
If you can resist the caffeine fix, then opt for Little Evie’s adored Masala Chai ($5). Torn straight from the streets of India, the large pot is aromatic bliss: combining hand crushed spices with a drizzle of Wyong Honey.
The all-day breakfast menu is a checklist of classics. While relatively inexpensive, every dish is a packed full platter of generosity and heart. Bathing in a berry compote with a swirl of slated caramel and charred banana, the French Toast ($17) will keep the sweet tooths happy. At just $13 the Bacon Egg Roll ($13) will tide you over until dinner, add haloumi for an extra $1. If you are feeling adventurous the Breakfast Plate ($18) will give you a great taste of everything Little Evie has to offer. While the Breakfast Bruschetta ($20) combines a sticky balsamic glaze with chorizo, spanish onion, haloumi and an egg for a hint of international flair.
For later in the day, the lunch list can be paired with a curated list of wines and beers sourced from far and wide (with a distinct love of Italy). The menu offers diverse salad options, including the Sunday Roast recreation, the Slow Roasted Pulled Pork ($19) with apple, fennel and roasted beetroot and the Summer-loving Mango salad ($17) with radicchio and other seasonal fruits.
Searching for something a little more filling, the burgers, sandwiches and wraps can all be paired with a serving of hand cut chips and aioli ($7.50). Spice up your lunchtime with the Little Evie special – spicy chicken served with slaw ($22).
There is no need to leave the kids at home. Little Evie has prepared a select list of affordable kids food dishes for even the fussiest five-year-old.
Little Evie’s devotion to creating a casually, comfortable experience ensures that no customer is left unhappy, underfeed and out-of-pocket. No matter if you come from around the corner, or outside Sydney everyone feels like a little bit of a local at Little Evie.
688 Bourke St, Redfern NSW 2016, (02) 9699 9848
For more information you can check out Little Evie’s official website here