Melbourne's famed Italian restaurant Tazio's little sister, Little Flinders, has opened doors to the public to entice them with modern Australian cuisine. Recently, I paid a visit to Little Flinders as an extension to my gastronomic journey of Melbourne's eateries.
On a lovely Sunday afternoon as we stepped into Tazio, a smiling staff member Karim welcomed us and ushered us upstairs to Little Flinders. The décor was humble yet modern. Wooden tables dotted the seating area. The well-stocked bar added character. An old television set on one end seemed out of place yet interesting.
The balcony seating area was positively inviting. Sunlight streamed into the shaded area and mild noise of the traffic downstairs impregnated the air. The casual and relaxed vibe made for a cosy hangout area for families, friends and colleagues. Karim informed me that the whole restaurant sits 50-60 people.
We found out there are two menus: a weekday menu and a weekend breakfast and lunch menu. Karim elaborated that Little Flinder's kitchen is separate from Tazio's but patrons can elect to order from both Flinder's and Tazio's menus for dinner.
As we pored over the breakfast/lunch menu for the weekend I caught sight of the dishes on our neighbouring table. My curiosity was piqued by the tantalising presentation which prompted me to enquire further. Upon finding out they were enjoying a bacon smash ($13.50), I opted for the same. My dining partner picked the fish of the day with salad ($22). The fish of the day was barramundi. Karim mentioned that the fish can be cooked whichever way patrons prefer. The seafood is sourced twice daily and comes from different parts of Australia. Veggies and other ingredients are sourced locally. We requested the barramundi to be battered with tempura and fried. We also ordered two juices and one glass of wine.
My wine appeared first. The sauvignon blanc was chilled and crispy.
The B1B2 smoothie appeared with a flourish. This smoothie was a blend of banana, peanut butter, natural yoghurt, honey, LSA and cinnamon. It was fulsome and wholesome – a perfect drink for the health conscious.
The fruity flinders was in one word amazing. The orange, pineapple and cranberry juice with peach nectar with a hint of grenadine created an outstanding fusion of flavour which enthralled and rejuvenated. My tongue reveled as it tried to distinguish between the different flavours.
Soon our food was brought to us. The bacon smash was delightful. The crispy bacon bits were tender and the roast potato mash was brimming with flavour. The plump poached eggs were done just like the way I like them. A slightly thickened but still runny, yellow yolk, oozed out when the eggs were cut - simply superb!
The crumbed barramundi was moreish. The batter was crunchy and non-greasy and broke away to reveal fresh and succulent fish. The salad was yummy with the fresh greens, onion, cucumber and tomatoes and along with the tangy accompanying sauce gracefully complemented the fish. I only wish the portion size of the fish was bigger.
Little Flinders is open from Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm and on the weekend it is open from 7am to midnight. Little Flinders has your covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after work drinks with mates, colleagues and family. Little Flinders is situated at level 1, 66 Flinders Lane, CBD. Flinders Street railway station is only minutes away and trams and buses are within walking distance. There is ample parking on Flinders lane. While reservations are encouraged, walks ins are welcome. Happy hours are available. Private functions can be organised.
You can discover more by visiting their website or by following them on Facebook.
Good food, yummy drinks and good customer service earned Little Flinders an admirable 4 out of 5. I will certainly like to visit again to sample some of the other offerings and try the express lunch.
After concluding our scrummy meal at Little Flinders we went for a walk along Melbourne laneways and reveled in inspiring street art before slowly making our way to the nearby Federation Square, the hub of Melbourne's cultural events. A lovely end to a lovely afternoon.