It was Friday (10 Sep), the sun was shining, and the weather was perfection. What better way to celebrate it than to support your local small business. Especially new kids on the block like Little Gasthaus Bar & Bistro at 107 Greville St, Prahran. The last time I trotted over there, in close vicinity to where I live, it was at their launch, just 10 days before when they were handing out free coffees and wafer biscuits.
Taking baby steps, opening in the midst of a lockdown, lunches were in, but share plates were not available on the day. Chef Christian Oblak was in da house, along with a couple of friendly faces, taking care of business. There were three of us and we took up the special offer of a hotdog and coffee combo for $15. This was not your usual run-of-the-mill hotdog. You had a choice of two sausages; one cheese-filled and the other a krakowurst, which you could have with red cabbage or sauerkraut.
I also ordered a Parma Bretzel (held by the chef in pic below) for $10, which was a loaded bretzel with ham, cheese, napoli sauce, and a salad. Coffee and food in hand, we stopped in the sunshine to guzzle down our food. Both items were a gastronomic experience - topped with great Campos lattes; the belt needed loosening a couple of notches. When they say it's a loaded bretzel, they mean it. The bretzel was fresh and they did not stint on the ham and cheese. It definitely filled the brief of a meaty, cheesy meal. One that sees you walk away with a great feeling when the food is served with such generosity.
The hotdog was very impressive, and who doesn't love a sausage oozing with cheese. Freshly made on the spot, it was beautifully boxed with the freshest of salad and a tasty dressing, every leaf crisp to the bite. The freshness really impressed me as did the use of sustainable packaging - cardboard boxes and bamboo utensils. Loving a good pickled gherkin, the hotdog came with a generous, plump gherkin on the side. A filling meal, topped with a great latte just hit the spot.
A little further down towards the train station on Greville, not only will your coffee come with a wafer treat, there are also little treats that look like chocolate bites for the pooches who visit. Can't wait till lockdown is over and the bar and bistro is in full operation. For now, there's great coffee and lunch served with care.