Pulled Pork Brioche – Lil Boy Blue

I know I’ve complained about the cafes around my area and that there’s nothing good…but thanks to Winnie (Eat Play Shop) and Ashley (I’m So Hungry), they have introduced me to a hidden gem in one of our neighboring suburbs and that is Lil Boy Blue in Kew :)

Sorry about reflection!

I have seen the pretty photos Winnie and Ashley had posted on Instagram and read their posts and knew I wanted to make time to go try Lil Boy Blu.  Because it’s quite close to our place, we didn’t have to get up extra early to miss the morning brunch crowd ~ instead Mr Bao and I slept in until 11:30am last Saturday and slowly made our way to the cafe! YAY! I really needed a sleep in with everything that I have been doing lately.

It’s quite easy to find Lil Boy Blue, we just headed down the Eastern freeway, got off at Chandler highway then once you were on High St you keep going down and it’ll be on the left hand side, but it is quite easy to miss it, so I suggest you turning your GPS on or ask someone to keep an eye out for you :) Mr Bao had to slam on the breaks when I yelled out “STOP it’s here! it’s here!”, I think he was ready to kill me because other cars behind him also had to break hahaha my bad my bad…I’ve never been good at giving directions… I’m much better as a driver than an instructor.

Lil Blue Cafe is not only a cafe it is also a fully licensed restaurant and is open from 8am all the way through to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday and open from 8am to 4pm on Monday and Sundays. So perfect for people who want to do late brunch because they don’t need to worry about the kitchen closing at 3pm, like most popular cafes ~ they had a good size menu with brunch items, followed by salads, small dishes, mains then concluding with desserts ~

When we walked in, it was quite full and the waitress said we could either wait for a table or sit at the end of the communal table, we were happy to share a table so sat down at the end.

Then I immediately recognised the girl sitting at the end of the table as the one and only Sarah from the amazing ‘Sarah Cooks’ blog! I’ve been following her blog for a while and she has got to be one of the most talented cooks around! A couple of years ago she even went on a mission to cook every single recipe from Nigella Lawson’s “How To Eat” book now that’s definitely dedication :) You can check it out here ~  I really wanted to rush up and say hi but Sarah was with her parents and I didn’t want to scare her…so I waited patiently…

Hello Sarah!

I waited until Sarah posted a photo of Lil Boy Blue’s carpet ornament on the wall, yup I confirmed it was Sarah so I quickly left a comment hahaha as soon as Sarah saw my comment we said hi :) YAY! It was definitely a lovely surprise to bump and meet into Sarah like that ~ Hopefully next time we meet, we’ll have more time to chat hehe I’d love to pick your brains about roasting pork belly!!!

Flat White $3.5 AUD

Anyhow, getting back to the food and drinks lol Mr Bao ordered a flat white and described it as smooth and silky but with a flat body and resembled a bit like Hong Kong Style milk tea, I had a sip and don’t really know where he got the HK Style milk tea part from but hahaha it was nice and light with floral notes I think LOL I’m really no expert ~

Mocha $3.50 AUD

My mocha wasn’t as rich in chocolate as I would’ve liked, it was more like a latte with a little bit of chocolate and sprinkled with cocoa powder on top ~ but still nice and helped wake me up a little :)

Pulled pork brioche bun with mustard pickles, truffle pecorrino and wilted spinach $12AUD

I already had my mind and heart set on the pulled pork bun, because Winnie had ordered it and said it was delicious ~ I have been craving pulled pork for such a long time! It seems to be the IT thing to eat in the States…but some how Australia hasn’t really jumped fully onto this bandwagon yet :P You can find it in some places, but it’s still not very common. I  love pulled pork, because it’s so delicate. But Mr Bao said he wanted it, so I didn’t want to order the same thing, so I let him order it ~

Only after one bite Mr Bao was already in LOVE with this brioche bun lol he said it was so soft, buttery and simply SCRUMPTIOUS! He kept making those annoying and disgusting noises hahaa I had to snatch the brioche away from him just to have a bite! And I couldn’t agree with him more! It was so delicious hehe before I could even take another bite…he had another took it back and polished it off in literally one go…Giving me a smug look he said ‘I’m still hungry…’, I simply rolled my eyes, to be fair though the brioche buns weren’t really that big and could probably be considered as sliders :) we flipped through the menu, and kept tossing between all these different items on the main course section…but they were all too big and heavy even for the insatiable Mr Bao. So in the end…he decided he’ll simply order ANOTHER ‘pulled pork brioche bun!’ :P

Poached and crumbed eggs with roasted trio of mushrooms, solders, salsa verde, picked capsicum and goats curd $18AUD

I think because Mr Bao had two pulled pork brioche buns lol I didn’t feel like eating any more meat ~ so got a veggie breakfast, a nice combination of eggs, mushrooms, capsicum and goats curd.

The poached and crumbed eggs were cooked wonderfully with a runny yolk ~ I had to take a yolkporn picture of it :D it went so well with the salsa verde and mushrooms. I particularly liked the goats curd that was so soft and crumbly and literally melted in my mouth :)

Pikelets with poched beurre bosc pear, cinnamon ice-cream and almond praline $12AUD

I’m sorry to eavesdrop Sarah :P but I saw that you ordered this and also heard you say the cinnamon ice-cream was really good, so I couldn’t help but order one to try myself ;) so glad I did! It was so so so yummilicious! Everything just went so well with each other and seriously the cinnamon ice-cream just perfected it!

Mr Bao and I really enjoyed Lil Boy Blue and so relieved that it’s quite close to home ~ I am already planning my next visit and I’m just gonna get desserts :P I have so many I want to try! The turkish donuts, strawberry shortcake, panna cotta and chocolate taste board! I am now recruiting other sweet lovers :) If you’re interested send me a tweet or email hahaha and I’ll meet you there :D

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52 thoughts on “Pulled Pork Brioche – Lil Boy Blue

  1. OzMOMO October 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply

    I know exactly where this is BECAUSE of the reflection! Hahahaha

  2. kellysiew October 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Wow!!! I wouldn’t mind trying the Pulled Pork Bun and the Fried poached eggs! They both look amazing! Yes I remember seeing Sarah posting that funky wall carpet lol I was intrigued too.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm Reply

      Hahaha yup yup the carpet on the wall is kinda weird but fun looking hehe :P You’ve gotta come here next time Kelly you will LOVE the pulled pork brioche bun are especially the buttery and soft brioche :)

      • kellysiew October 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm Reply

        I’m hungry now hahaha. I think I might try making pulled pork at home then…. Ree has some good recipes I think.

  3. Ames October 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm Reply

    Oh good on you, Melbourne! TOO MANY GOOD BRUNCH PLACES !! XD how awesome to run into Sarah like that – the wonders of technology :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm Reply

      There are definitely heaps and heaps of brunch places :) it’s so hard to keep up hahaha ~ but definitely make time to come here ~ it’s really good! It was definitely a coincidence to bump into Sarah like that hehe!

  4. Ali October 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm Reply

    That looks like a very cute cafe! And, the food looks divine, what a wonderful brunch!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm Reply

      It was definitely a great brunch :) I can’t wait to come back hehe ~ NOMZ!

  5. Vien October 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm Reply

    What a glorious looking pulled pork bun!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish that I have someone who would drive me around :P

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm Reply

      I’m MORE than happy to drive you if you are willing to have the desserts with me :D

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm Reply

    OMG the food looks SO good! And hehe what a cute moment with Sarah! :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm Reply

      Hahaha it was definitely funny to bump into Sarah like that! I was kinda nervous at the same time :P I’m totally addicted to pulled pork!

  7. Choc Chip Uru October 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Hidden away, what a delish treasure :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  8. libishski October 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm Reply

    Ahh, gotta love bumping into fellow food bloggers :)

    The pulled pork brioche looks fantastic. Although pulled pork can be found in a few Melbourne cafes, I think they don’t taste the way they do back in America. Will have to go here one day to see if it’s better than the other pulled pork dishes I’ve tried so far (Trunk Diner do a decent one, but that’s about it).

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

      It was kinda comical to bump into Sarah like that hehe ~

      Ohhh I didn’t know other places did the pulled pork brioche? Thanks for the recommendation about Trunk Diner :) I wanna go try now hehe I go through phases and I think it’s the ‘American’ diner phase hahaha

      I think the Pulled Pork Bun at Lil Boy Blue was the closest I’ve had to the ones in American ~ but the ones in the US were even more tender and flavoursome hehe

      See you tomorrow lovely xox

  9. hotlyspiced October 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm Reply

    I would love to have a sleep-in until 11.30 then head to a cafe for breakfast. What a great start to a Sunday. I would have wanted the pulled pork too! That was very kind of you to let Mr Bao have it. Carl would have been told to choose something else! xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm Reply

      I think you should schedule time off Charlie and be able to just sleep in until whatever time you need to wake up :)

      I’d love to be able to make pulled pork at home hehe but it seems kinda hard and time consuming >_< its okay! I had a bite of the pulled pork bun hehe ~

  10. Sarah October 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Thank-you for your lovely words! You totally made my day, hehe! I had no idea people still even remembered my little How to Eat project.

    Was great to meet you, even though it was brief – hopefully we’ll have more time next time. I could talk for hours and hours about roasting pork! :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm Reply

      I’m happy to have made your day hehe :) Of course I remember you How To Eat project! You spent so much time and effort! It shouldn’t be forgotten :) I wish I had your dedication hehe

      Definitely nice to meet you, we’ll have to catch up properly soon and yes please give me roast pork lessons!!!

  11. threehanns78 October 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm Reply

    Brioch bun yummmmmm and braised pork another great pair. Pulled is a fancy catchy name but this Sarah sounds interesting. :P

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm Reply

      Hahha you should check her blog out as well :) I love pulled pork! Is it hard to make? ~

      • threehanns78 January 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm Reply

        I’ve just discovered “off the spork ” blog accidently and ill check Sarahs out after this.
        pulled pork is easy Daisy and with your food knowledge you’ll easily pull it off literally

        • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 2, 2013 at 2:04 am Reply

          Happy New Year David :) Ahhh Off The Spork Agnes is a great blog and Sarahs too ~

          AHHAHA I’m not sure I can pull it off but will try my best hehe!

  12. gourmetgetaway October 15, 2012 at 8:14 am Reply

    Oh my, this all looks so delicious! I love it when I find a gem right near home.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 15, 2012 at 8:25 am Reply

      Me too Julie ;) it’s so nice to be around to have delicious food and not always have to travel very far :)

  13. Tina @ bitemeshowme October 15, 2012 at 9:34 am Reply

    oh man, everything looks so moreish!!!!!!!!!

  14. gourmetgetaway October 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Oh, I forgot to mention… you have a blogging award on my site xx

  15. Catherine October 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I’m so hungry, I really want to visit too. I’ll see if I can beat Mr Bao’s record of 2 tho hehe. I still need to have a dessert brunch dish after my savoury, although I’m usually too stuffed! Btw I couldn’t sleep until 3am last night because of the TEA I drank at yumcha :'( lol!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm Reply

      You really need to make time to visit Catherine :) You will LOVE IT especially since you just blogged about Rockwell and Sons!

      LOL I can never leave without having dessert UNLESS my breakfast dish was already sweet and sugar loaded :P

      Oh no :( sorry Mr Bao kept pouring you tea >_< I'll remember next time!

  16. Winnie@Eat.Play.Shop. October 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm Reply

    So glad you made it to Lil Boy Blue Daisy!! And I VERY nearly ended up there at the same time, hahaha, but was at Snow Pony instead! That pulled pork brioche slider was sensational, I’d definitely go back for more! (and I DO think of it as a slider as it’s so small!) Donuts for sure next time!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2012 at 9:07 am Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation Winnie :) I’m gonna continue blog stalking you until we FINALLY meet up hahaha I have lost count how many times we were at the same place but didn’t meet or we were going to the same place :P

      Please count me next time when you go back! Those donuts looked AMAZING on your blog omg omg thinking about them makes me very happy hehe ~

  17. Jeno @ Week Nite Meals October 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Oh Daisy, the food looks amazing at Lil Boy Blue, the name is cool, I love the simplicity of the logo and type face also. Gosh I am so envious of the restaurants in your area. Just looked around for Houston food bloggers, hopefully they will give me good ideas on what new restaurants to try on a regular basis!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply

      The food here was so delicious Jeno :) I actually thought about you when we had the pulled pork brioche because i think Houston is in the Southern part of the US right? And I don’t know if I’m correct but i somehow associate pulled pork with Texas then Houston then I thought of you hehe ~

      Don’t be jealous! I bet you just need to LOOK and you’ll find that there are so many delicious and amazing places in Houstons! I think looking for other fellow bloggers is an amazing idea that’s how I got the recommendation for Lil Boy Blue :D

      And don’t forget you’re an AMAZING cook! You don’t need to go out and eat you can just make whatever you would like to eat at home which is always better for health and saves heaps of $$$ :D

  18. Christine (@cookingcrusade) October 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm Reply

    How awesome to bump into a blogger like that :D hehe. the food here looks great, especially the brioche buns and the crumbed eggs, yumm. love the egg yolk porn shot hehehe

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2012 at 9:13 am Reply

      I know right hehe it was kinda funny run into :) So glad Sarah wasn’t startled :P the brioche bus was the high light of the meal but then the pikelets omg everything was just so so so delicious! Hopefully we’ll also ‘bump’ into each other when I go to Sydney :P

      • Christine (@cookingcrusade) October 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

        Ooh yes definitely.. or hopefully sooner then at Adelaide at EDB!! :D

  19. Shanshan Lam (@food_religion) October 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm Reply

    That pork pulled burger looks soooo good!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2012 at 9:15 am Reply

      It was the highlight of the meal :) And that’s coming from me hahha and usually I like my desserts more but then the cinnamon ice-cream!

  20. liannelow October 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm Reply

    yum yum yum!! (: It’s now on my list to go to for brunch! Need to go have some pulled pork burger! NOMS!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2012 at 9:16 am Reply

      You definitely have to take your Mr! I bet he will LOVE IT :) And lol i wonder if he’ll need 2 as well :P

  21. Norma Chang October 16, 2012 at 1:42 am Reply

    You sure had a treat: sleep in, wake up, go out to brunch and the food was delicious. Way to go. We all deserve a treat now and then.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 16, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply

      Couldn’t agree more Norma :) it was really nice to have a leisurely weekend and not have to rush around and do other things hehe ~

  22. Linda | The Urban Mrs October 16, 2012 at 7:43 am Reply

    OMG – that looks soooo good. Now, I have to beg hubby to take me there (and kidnap you & Mr. Bao, too!).

  23. winstonthehungryexcavator October 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm Reply

    Owhhh man awesome!!! I remember this place distinctly from Ashley and Winnie too and now after this post… You as well!! Sounds delicious and definitely tickles my fancy in all the right ways. Brioche bun burgers are one of my fav things to eat. Soldiers is a x10 more fun way of eating toast that I don’t see enough of in cafes. And how can you go wrong with pikelets (or hotcakes or pancakes or anything in that family) hehe. Fun weekend!

  24. catty October 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm Reply

    What a super cute story about how you met Sarah! Hehehe that was funny :) the brioches look amazing. I remember seeing them on your instagram feed too!

  25. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed October 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm Reply

    o.m.g.
    want this!!!!!!!!!! The pulled pork brioche bun, that is. Looks so yummy.
    Heidi xo

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 21, 2012 at 10:47 am Reply

      Do you live around the area? :) you ve gotta come and try its SUPER delicious ~ hehe

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