Dream a success for cafe owner

Israeli Shakshuka
Israeli Shakshuka

The popular cafe known for its coffee, breakfast and delicious homemade treats is run by Kesic and her well-oiled machine of chefs, kitchen-hands and wait staff.

It was an idea stemming from her time in Sydney where she came to love the idea of corner cafs where everybody knew each other.

‘When I moved back to Perth I saw there was a need for a suburban neighbourhood cafe,’ she said.

‘I had grown accustomed to walking around the corner of my house and having cafes where everybody knew each other, kids were playing and dogs lazing about ” I wanted to create this in Perth.

‘We invest a lot of time in our customers and at any given time there are always people in the cafe who know each other; it’s one huge family and we love it.’

Having been involved in the hospitality industry since she was 15 years old, Kesic said owning a cafe was a natural progression.

‘My parents owned and operated a chalet development in Margaret River and I was surrounded by wineries and spectacular produce,’ she said. ‘There are so many facets to this industry, it’s always evolving.

‘Every day there is a new product, producer or talented young chef creating something sensational.’

Speaking of sensational, this how Kesic describes her signature dishes the Israeli shakshuka (a dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce) and Chef’s egg yolks.

‘The Israeli shakshuka has a bit of a cult following, it cooks for a total of about six hours ‘ she said.

‘Our Chef’s egg yolks are also incredible.’

The Little Pantry prides itself on making their dishes in-house and they have recently launched a breakfast menu, which, according to Kesic, is also a hit.

‘We are also in the process of finalising the details of our Monday night dinners, which are based on the European style of dining in that you may only have one option in each course and that will be dependent on what is growing,’ she said. ‘We will also be having long-table feasts and oyster and champagne afternoons.