Little BoHo Café

UPDATE: Nigel Leishman has sold Little BoHo, however you can find him at Miami Marketta on Friday and Saturday nights at a new stall called “Brisket Boss “.
You can still get your low and slow-cooked meat there with his famous secret sauce.

When it comes to meat, it’s hard to go past low and slow cooked brisket. Falling apart at the touch of a fork, it’s juicy and tender, smothered in lashings of sauce, full of complex umami flavours.

That’s just how we find it at Little BoHo Café in Miami.

Little BoHo has always had a steady following. When new owners Nigel and Janette Leishman took over the café in October 2017, Little BoHo gained a new menu and a big reputation, some diners travelling the length of the coast to eat here.

So, what’s so special about Little BoHo?

OK, so it’s not the venue. Not overly stylish or trendy, frankly, the joint is as tiny as a shoebox and a little ‘BoHo’. Neither is it a place ‘to see and be seen’.

On a busy corner of Christine Avenue, the café has more of a convenient position than easy access unless, of course, you come on foot or by skateboard. More about that later…

No. Patrons don’t come here for any of those reasons. It’s Nigel’s food they want, and his excellent service.

A highly skilled chef due to years of owning both a restaurant (La Strada) and a catering business as well as working in the wholesale meat industry, Nigel has put his talents to good use in the café, with catering also available for off-site functions.

Serving big breakfasts, açai bowls, toasted Turkish, egg and bacon rolls ($8.50) and omelettes for breakfast, there’s a cabinet of baked goodies and ‘food to go’. The surprisingly palatable Adore Coffee’s organic blend is a mild, chocolatey and smooth brew. BoHo also offers the more intensely flavoured single origin Killer Coffee.

From around 10am, food ramps up a notch with meat taking a prominent place on the menu. That’s when we visit.

Slow cooking his brisket for 12 hours in a Hark smoker, the meat is luscious and juicy. Smothered in house-made tomato chutney, rocket, shaved Parmesan and Alabama white BBQ sauce, it’s sandwiched into true ‘pierce the roof of your mouth’ crisp-crusted soft doughy interior French buns (think Banh Mi rolls) that Nigel bakes in house ($12). The generous serving of meat in a top roll makes a rustic feast of a meal that could be eaten over two sittings (unless you’re doing pickup after a surf).

The brisket is also available in a New York-inspired Reuben sandwich ($12), with coleslaw, or with the addition of ‘Bad Boy’ beer-battered chips and onion rings ($15), but we can’t go past the buns. They’re amazing.

Equally awesome is the 8-hour smoked pork belly, also served in a French roll with smoky BBQ sauce and a pear and rocket salad. Topped with crackling, it’s a delight for hungry eyes ($12).

Nigel’s talents don’t stop at meat. Every day he bakes the lightest gluten-free bread we’ve tasted. Laced with black sesame and sunflower seeds, it’s available to GF diners at no extra cost.

And just in case you want a ‘superfood’ meal, açai, dragon fruit and other bowls and smoothies are also available. Try Nigel’s specialty, the banana and dragon fruit sorbet ($9.50).

There are plans to extend the menu as we move into colder weather. Either way, many patrons won’t be budging from the smoked brisket. Certainly, we won’t!

About that parking…

If you call ahead, you can park in the driveway and collect your meal. That’s the type of ‘can do’ attitude that wins clientele. Top notch food, service with a smile and a winning attitude… Win Win!

18 Christine Ave., Miami Ph: 0403 756 023

Open: Mon – Fri 7.30am – 2.30pm. Trading at Miami Marketta as ‘The Brisket Boss’.

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