Littlefoot, 223 Barkly Street, Footscray. Phone: 9396 1282
What an ornament to Foostcray Littlefoot has become.
Was it the first bar to set up shop in Footscray central?
I think it was.
In the years since, it has been joined by a bunch of others – and they all appear to have something of their own to contribute to the local scene.
But Littlefoot continues to set a high standard – not only in food and drink, but also through deep immersion in the community through live music (beyond covers), a plethora of DJs and all sorts of “special” events.
As well, Littlefoot continues to carry a kitchen, unlike most of its neighbouring bar fellows. The Cheeky Pint, a few doors away, also cooks.
We are happy to accept an invitation to take the new winter menu for a run (see full disclosure below).
On this night, Team CTS consists of myself, Bennie, Justin and Will.
We eat well and deeply, coming away happy and satisfied.
Some of the tucker is right there in bar food mode – the sort of things you’d be happy to get a bite of if you were imbibing at Littlefoot anyway.
But some things we think are on another, higher level – making Littlefoot a food destination in its own right.
The charcuterie board ($25) is a good starter for us – tonight we are hungry lads.
It’s mix of sour, salty, oily and chewy would also be an ideal light meal for two.
The DIY taco board ($18) is a hit – the undoubted highlight that elicts admirational comments all round.
The fours fish pieces – snapper – are superbly crumbed and deep-fried, holding together beaut even under the strain of taco construction. The flesh is both firmish and delicate.
Of the bits and pieces, it’s the red cabbage that adds tangy contrast. It’s is joined by guacamole, jalapenos, lime and swathes of fresh coriander.
This is a bargain – and zooms into Great Dishes of the West reckoning.
Just as expertly fried are the mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes ($12) – this is glorious stodge. Could’ve done with a bit more seasoning, IMO.
My friends seem a little less enamoured of our two burgers than I.
Perhaps we’re all a little burgered out?
But I reckon they’re both good, solid efforts.
The burgers are available in three modes – Littlefoot, Wild West and Bulldogs.
The beef burger ($20) comes in Bulldog garb of cheese, pickles, red onion, pickle, lettuce and “special burger sauce”.
This handy handful is accompanied by good chips.
If anything, our jackfruit burger ($20) is more noteworthy for the simple reason it offers an alternative to lentil patties and the like.
It’s done out in Wild West style – and that means a zingy combo of jalapenos, sriracha, caramelised onions, mustard, cheese, tomato and lettuce.
Another flavour hit – of the snacky variety – is provided by the lip-smackingly good edamame ($7) with garlic and black pepper.
Beer food supreme.
Unfortunately, amid this avalanche of food, the nachos ($14) and the fries loaded with pulled pork and slaw ($16, not pictured) get a bit lost.
Perhaps at another time with liquid redreshment in hand?
(Consider The Sauce dined at Littlefoot as guests of the management and we did not pay for our meals. We were free to order whatever we wished. Littlefoot management neither sought nor was granted any input, oversight or pre-publication access to his story.)