Lawson Grove Shop

Basic Info:

Name: Lawson Grove Shop
Address: 1 Lawson Grove, South Yarra
Phone: 9866 3640
Website: NA
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 7.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday & Sunday - 8am - 6pm

Little Eats ‘soundbite review':

A hidden South Yarra secret, that is very welcoming to little ones. A cute and cosy local vibe, friendly staff, toys for the kids to enjoy, fresh and tasty food and good coffee. A great little find.

Highchair: No
Change table: No
Pram access: Yes
Separate kids menu: No
Normal menu suitable for kids: Yes
Friendly staff: Yes
Play area for kids: No
Activities provided for kids (eg: crayons): Yes - box of toys
Vibe/atmosphere: Local, hidden, relaxed, casual, cosy
Prices: Very good
Other: Take home meals & basic groceries for sale.

Little Eats detailed review:

Lawson Grove Shop is located off the beaten track, down a quiet little cul de sac off pretty Caroline St in the leafy suburb of South Yarra. It is a bit of a best kept secret with the locals, as it is discreetly hidden in the basement of a beautiful old art deco apartment building.

As soon as you walk in the door, the friendly, welcoming staff that greet you make you feel at home. There is a large square communal table strewn with newspapers, normal tables, smaller tables with milk crates topped with cushions as seats, and a few tables outside too.

No highchairs or change table, but definitely room for prams and strollers, and there is a big box of toys to keep the little ones occupied.... our little one was particularly delighted with a Tombilyboo soft toy, as we are in the midst of a massive In the Night Garden obsession at the moment.

There is no special kids menu, however the menu is very suitable for little ones with more than enough options to suit various tastebuds and younger palates. All the produce is incredibly fresh and they only use free range eggs and Phillipa’s bread. For breakky perhaps you could enjoy porridge with poached fruit, muesli, pancakes, baked eggs, poached eggs, or one that the kiddies might prefer - a boiled egg with Vegemite soldiers. Yummo!

There is a handwritten blackboard, with the lunch specials of the day, which could range from a Chicken BLT, to Haloumi fritters with eggplant kasundi, as well as fresh soups and salads. I had the haloumi fritters for lunch recently and they were amazing... light, fresh, simple and very tasty.

There is a good selection of cakes, cupcakes, brownies, muffins and cookies all suitable for morning or afternoon tea with your little one. We also received a complimentary little gingerbread baby with our baby-cino. A sweet little touch.

The atmosphere is very cosy, especially as their are shelves and displays of grocery items and produce scattered around. There is also a shelf of secondhand books for sale in the corner, which adds to to the relaxed, laid-back vibe. The toilet is quite cool too, as it incorporates an old laundry tub and shower, reminding you that you really are in an apartment.

Whilst you stop past for a coffee or a meal, you can also buy basic groceries including milk, juice, newspaper, canned tomatoes, even toilet paper as well as fresh take home meals including home made soups, and Flip Shelton’s famous muesli. Gotta love being able to multi-task!

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