One will probably blink and miss this little café located in lovely and quaint hideaway. Love Thy Neighbour is probably one of the best things to have popped up in Northbridge in 2012.
Nestle next to Erza Pound at the end of a small arcade on William St, Love Thy Neighbour or LTN for short is definitely filled with love, offering warm service and a chilled atmosphere so that you can sit for hours sipping on coffee and wondering where your day will lead you.
Wooden tables and chairs line the interior of this small space and scattered around the entrance of the arcade, as well as the “take-out” window facing the car park. The interior is rather simple but I love the wood contrasts which warms nicely with the black walls.
Firstly, the menu, it’s fantastic. For a small cafe they have a variety of traditional, such as jaffles ($5 each, score!) and original, such as the very delicious wild mushroom on rye, dishes. They also have a bit of a love affair with bagels, so perfect for a takeaway lunch back to the office. They also have a small range of cakes from Rochelle Adonis, cheesecake, brownies and macaroons.
We opted for something a little more with the NYC Rueben sandwich filled with corned beef, pickled cabbage, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and pickles. One word, YUM!
Their version of Banh Mi Thi or Vietnamese Pork Roll, BBQ pork, pickled carrots and daikon, coriander, cucumber, pate, chilli (which is optional) stuffed into a crusty white roll was pretty good too.
LTN offers Toby Estate coffee and their baristas know exactly what they should be doing with those beans.
I must comment that the staff are all brilliant! They’re welcoming, friendly and actually know what customer service is all about. Love Thy Neighbour is definitely doing everything right and we’re surely to return.
On the whole, 8½ for food quality, 8 for pricing (total cost $28) 8 for atmosphere and 8 ½ for service.
Love Thy Neighbour
7/189 William St
Tel: 9123 1234
Monday – Friday 6.30am to 5.00pm
Saturday 7.30am to 3.00pm