Refined flavours in Little Bistro
Little Bistro pop-up takes up position at the former Bistrode CBD site where the much loved but not forgotten Jeremy Bistrode brought joy to his dishes. British chef Alastair Little is at the helm and so far I'm impressed with the professional and down-to-earth service, decor and dishes that delivered on taste and technique. Vodka Martini ($14 / $17.50 on bill corrected back to menu price) is served at the table from a mini carafe filled with Absolut Elyx, Noilly Prat, Lemon Zest and '4:1 ratio' which I'm not quite sure what that meant. The tiny martini glass is also well-suited for a tea party but filled with lovely flavour and topped with a massive juicy green olive as my preference over the twist. Keep them coming I say. Clair de Lune oysters, spicy sausages, mignonette ($5 each) are from Moonlight Flat Oysters and come with a housemade spicy sausage which is a first for me but won't be the last I hope. Oysters seem shucked to order as well which is always my preference for some flavoursome brine.
Seafood life is good in the Bourride of market fish, mussels, squid, prawns, fennel, rouille, croutons ($35). Nicely cooked seafood, plump mussels and a tasty punchy rouille makes for a happy tummy. Some softer sourdough would help also to soak up the leftover broth. The Apple Tart Fine, Chantilly cream ($14) apparently is one of Little's signature desserts using his apple tart recipe since about 1983. Nice thin caramelised pastry topped with wafer thin slices of apple. A joy with the Chantilly cream. I'm suspecting the only thing that could make it better is if you were lucky enough to have it served just out of the oven and not at room temperature. I think a bigger hit of vanilla from some vanilla bean paste in the Chantilly would be most welcomed. Looking like a good addition to the CBD dining scene and well-suited for the business lunch crowd that keep in mind the online booking confirmation Dress Code of Smart Casual.