Little Gasthaus at 107 Greville Street, Prahran has launched itself in the midst of Chapel Street Precinct, bringing with it that Austrian experience you didn't know you were craving. Chef Christian Oblak is a veteran at that friendly service with a smile, who always has the time of day for his customers. His Little Gasthaus is little brother to his other restaurant, Gasthaus on Queen at 211 Queen Street, in the city.
Having experienced his authentic Austrian cuisine at the restaurant in the city, it was exciting to know Little Gasthaus had moved into my hood. I was there at the doorstep on opening day, getting my free cuppa - one that was offered to all who entered the Bar & Bistro as a celebration of the launch. The Campos coffee hit the spot, and that's saying something around Chapel Precinct - where the streets are laden with cafes. However, this is the first spot offering you authentic Austrian for lunch.
Take a walk down Greville street off Chapel street; walk past the park on your right towards Prahran train station, and you'll soon find Little Gasthaus on your right. It's a pretty brave move opening during lockdown in the middle of a pandemic. On the other hand, it shows confidence about what they have to offer. Keep in mind, amidst a few setbacks, the Bar & Bistro is still settling in and unpacking and their operating hours are not quite set in stone. What is, is that they're NOT OPEN on Sundays and Mondays. This week, operating hours are from 6am until 2pm, and next week, they're likely to be open until 6pm, however, this is to be confirmed. The TAKEAWAY service is open from 10.30am till 2pm. Follow them on social media (Facebook & Insta links given here) and stay up to date for final operating hours.
The following is what you can expect on the menu, but as Chris says on Facebook - "It might take a bit until we can serve it all, but we have some delicious treats for you." It'll be worth the wait no doubt. All you need to do is go to the website and scan the QR Code beneath the menu, and you can order from home.
The menu which you can look over for yourself includes Vorspeisen - snacks and small plates of Bier Bretzel, Liptauer (fresh soft cheese dip, paprika, pickles & garlic); Parma Bretzel (loaded bretzel with ham, cheese, napoli sauce, salad garnish) and more. Sharing Plates of Käseplattioe (cheese board) with traditional Austrian cheese selections, pickled vegetables, fresh-baked bretzel; Tapas like a Schnitzel Burger, Bratwurst Hotdog, Curry Wurst and more. You can wash that down with Tap Beer like Schöfferhofer, Köstritzer Schwarzbier and more, Beer Bottles like Schneider Weisse Original, Alcohol-Free drinks, Spirits and Specialities. Just head down there, check it out, and show your support for small businesses, especially brave ones assured of what they have to offer, daring to open in the midst of chaos.