Le Petit Prince
Café royalty lands in Armadale
Lay down the red carpets and practice your curtsy because Le Petit Prince café opens tomorrow in Armadale. Wedged into a building near the corner of High Street and Mercer Road, Le Petit Prince isn’t posh, but it is good enough for royalty.
Moise Leouzon and Adam Diamond both quit their HR and consultancy jobs to open the warm café, which takes its name from the book written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It’s a nod to owner Moise’s background, and touches of home appear throughout the café. We love the ‘bonjour’ scrabble tiles above the coffee machine… and what a coffee machine it is! The shiny Slayer is almost too good to use, but it will be pumping out Supreme Coffee come tomorrow. The boys even took it to a professional motorbike finisher and had it painted baby blue under the judgmental gaze of tattooed bikies (perhaps they just couldn’t believe how much it complements Moise’s eyes!).
Inside the café are matching metal stools and cushioned banquette seating. Old-school classroom chairs complement the boxy tables, made from recycled timber from the floor of a church. Sasufi (a French born, Melbourne based designer who nailed the fit out of Slowpoke Espresso) was the obvious choice when it came to the interior. Bright flowers in jars hang from rustic coat hooks, wooden crates pose as shelves housing vintage tins, and plants and antiques are scattered around the small space.
The milk is Jonesy’s, the eggs are Green Eggs and the soft drinks are Capi. Breakfast ranges from smooth bircher and crunchy granola to baked and smashed avo eggs. The glass display cabinet tempts visitors with seasonal sandwiches and salads and there are plans to expand the menu — which is presented inside a copy of Le Petit Prince — once the place finds its feet. In the meantime, look for the black awnings and the tables of smiling faces out the front.
Location: 1A Mercer Road, Armadale
Open: Daily from 6.30am-4pm
Phone: (03) 9824 6404