From the same stable as the Miss Chow’s dumpling houses, Small Talk is a Japanese influenced casual izakaya-style bar on the ground floor of what was once the Telstra building in Stirling Street, but is now hostel accommodation and Small Talk will certainly attract both the hostel patrons and workers in nearby businesses.
It is open and airy, with a range of seating options including couches and coffee tables, and some benches outside in the sheltered courtyard between two high rise buildings – and this area is dog friendly if you want to bring along your pooch.
From the wine list we ordered a bottle of Vasse Felix Classic Dry Rosé – beautifully crisp and dry, with both aromas and flavours of cherries and strawberries. Went very well with our food selections, too!
Dashi pickled cucumber with shaved bonito and fine slivers of zesty angel hair chilli makes for a great snack while sipping on a wine or beer.
The bento box is very good value with juicy fillets of tempura fish, rice and salad, while the chicken slider also impressed by its value and quality.
A bowl of spiced wasabi peas helped us through the remnants of the wine.
Will be back to try the dory fish skin with chilli kewpie which was off the menu when we dropped in!
Small Talk is a welcome addition to the Stirling Street area and adds to the eating options in the old Telstra building which also houses Lazy Lees.