Little Press Club and Cellar has been revamped and is a superb CBD culinary destination. It brings to the table a dining experience of great service, wonderful ambience, great food and coffee, and a touch of fun. I journeyed there in search of the perfect breakfast. And I was not disappointed! This place is the young sibling of The Press Club and loses none of the class of its elder. Having been here a few times I’m keen to make this a regular haunt, especially to take out of towners.
Ambience is a precious commodity in foodie Melbourne and The Little Press Club and Cellar has it in spades. Right from the time you walk through those big thick glass doors you enter a world of sophistication and charm. Like other restaurants in the group, you are immediately warmly greeted upon entry. It’s always great to be asked straight up if you’d like a coffee. The coffee here is fantastic – great crema and strength and consistency.
Recently Little Press and Cellar was revamped with lighter funkier furniture and all round lighter ambience. No more brown leather, dark timbers, and grey walls. With natural light streaming in on a sunny Melbourne day the lighter fit out made for a joyous experience. I came here to meet with my consultant friend Jim.
The breakfast options here are limited but outstanding.
The menu has changed along with the new fit out. The Mushroom terrine with crispy slow cooked egg and brioche is superb with wonderful mushroom flavour and the crispiness of the egg - along with well cooked brioche. Possibly raw onion is a little much at 7.30am but we rolled with it.
The Jaffle is a great (fun) option with smoked ham hock, beans and Tallegio. It's not a huge meal but was sublime with the pork sausage side (grilled pork loukaniko). It's a great combination - albeit a double pork whammy!
In days past I loved the Breakfast Souvlaki but the new menu has some great options. As well as the above, the Spanakopita is a popular choice as is the Bircher Muesli and the Smashed Avocado. Fresh juices from the Queen Victoria Markets are sensational.
The ideas flowed as my consultant friend (an old private college friend) and I solved the world's problems with a hearty breakfast and some strong lattes.
I've enjoyed Little Press and Cellar as a perfect place to meet with people. The service is a step up from the usual cafe service. The waitress greets me, offers me water and pours it, explains the menu, offers recommendations, is chirpy and chatty, then offers me coffee and brings me a paper. Textbook but authentic.
On one occasion I spilled some of my coffee on the table. Without any fuss the waitress came and cleared up the small puddle without any condescending comments.
Would love to come back and enjoy the Greek tapas, the Jamon, Wagyu steak, and Pork belly as great lunch options. I have found the prices at Little Press and Cellar to be reasonable for a touch of class.
And true to form I am warmly farewelled upon exit. Little Press and Cellar is a superb casual but classy culinary experience in the CBD.
Little Press and Cellar, 72 Flinders St – Greek - Food 9.5 Coffee 9 Ambience 9.5