Hitting Melbourne city centre with its best shot, according to their clearly ristretto-addled Monday Punday campaign, Little Flinders is getting coffee snobs hot under their collars and lovers of robust modern Australian cuisine all aflutter thanks to its sincerely unpretentious menu packed with affordable classics and equally good-value innovations. Little Flinders premises down Flinders Lane, close to the intersection with Exhibition Street, is quickly establishing itself as a local destination in the CBD – to fight the foot traffic we recommend reserving ahead.
When you first visit Little Flinders, this cafe and modern Australian restaurant distinguishes itself by sheer good looks. The centrepiece is a huge wraparound bar, made from recycled Tasmanian oak and handmade Spanish tiles and fringed by stylish Bertoia bar stools. It’s here that the happy hour happens, with discount beer and wine available from a very generous 2pm to 7pm on weekdays. Liquid lunchers in Melbourne’s city centre, rejoice! Moreover, some of the CBD’s best coffee can be found here thanks to a high-tech barista station furnished with a dual-head Viper system for milk, a four-head Marzocco espresso machine fed by Mazzer grinders doling out doses of House of Hendrick’s Diablo Blend to order.
As for the food, Little Flinders have put together a restaurant menu starting with small plates (live oysters, Southern fried chicken ribs with jalapeno aioli, halloumi with figs), proceeding to classics (artisan chicken burgers, open lamb fillet souva, roast pumpkin with mushrooms, wild rocket, capsicum, beans, feta) and sweets like their famous deconstructed pavlova. A standout is the option to tailor fresh, twice-daily-delivered seafood or meats from the local butcher with sides, salads and sauces. Go market fish at market prices or barramundi with pearl couscous and homemade mayo, ribeye or kangaroo with grilled peaches and hazelnuts, shaved fennel and rocket with blue cheese cream sauce. Destined to be a Melbourne city centre classic, this Flinders Lane address deserves more than a little attention.