A subtle doorway and an industrial stainless steel stairway led us to the basement dining room. I expected it to be busy given recent hype and its popularity and we enjoyed the dark and buzzy feel to the place. We took our places at the table and I was pleased to find the high chairs more comfortable than stools at other establishments.
- Pork Cracklings - paprika, white cheddar, apple sauce
- Lobster Hushpuppies - softened vinegar butter
Loved the crumbed bites of lobster with the creamy salty butter that had a vinegary tang that cut through the sweet lobster flesh and creaminess / fattiness of the butter. Delicious!
What was the best though and arguably it was free was the bread. Buttery t the extent it was almost cheesy. Doughy and warm and herby fragrant - it was a comfort and a delight all at the same time.
- Wood-Roasted Pork - kale, cider vinegar
- Hopkins River Rib Eye - bone marrow, beef fat butter
The steak was a decent steak but I preferred the char we'd had on the steak from the Wayside Inn the night before. Tasty enough but not hugely memorable.
The fries were chunky and good and the charred corn I enjoyed as it was fresh and light. With so much meat, clean veggie flavours were welcome.
- Frangipane - meringue, passionfruit curd, whole pear sorbet
All in all we enjoyed Little Hunter. The service was efficient but not overly personal. We were just another Saturday night client and there was little interaction or pride or passion coming from the wait staff. The food was pretty good and I can imagine that it can win a following if punters get the right wait staff, Certainly there were three gents sat at the corner of the communal table who were very effusive in their praise for the place. For me, it was good and it holds its own amongst the elite on the scene when it comes to Melbourne dining. Having said that, there are many places on the scene and competition is tough and there are probably other's I'd go to before returning here. No problems with returning but not inspired enough to arrange it myself!