Dikstein's Corner Bar
433 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
03 9642 0943
There’s something to be said for longevity in Melbourne’s hospitality industry. Making it past the first year, let alone the first nine, shows any venue that they’re doing something right, carving their name into the trophy that is the city’s culinary scene.
Dikstein’s Corner Bar is just one of the names on said trophy, having held its place on the corner of Bank Place since 2007. Since opening its doors all those years ago, it’s been welcoming corporates, families and locals through its doors, offering a warm, and inviting space that looks after all their culinary needs, from breakfast through to dinner.
Considering the long career of its owner, there’s no wonder Dikstein’s has managed to stick around. Karen Dikstein has been in the hospitality industry since 1970, having started with a coffee shop in Noosa Heads. More than 37 years and 29 venues later, she opened her eponymous venue and has stayed put ever since, enticed by the sunny spot at the top of the lane.
Ever the quiet achiever, Karen’s philosophy has remained, “keep it simple, keep it cheap and give the customers what they want.”
At Dikstein’s, this philosophy is almost spelt out. Open from breakfast to bedtime Monday to Friday, it offers hearty meals that won’t hurt the wallet, along with delicious coffee from Wide Open Road and excellent wines, beers and cocktails for when the clock ticks over. In fact, there’s even a boutique bottleshop on-site, meaning you can grab a bottle to take home, or enjoy it in the indoor, outdoor or upstairs bar areas.
Popping by for brekky? You’ll find everything from house bircher with rhubarb and almonds to baked eggs with Napoli chorizo, capsicum, yoghurt and toast. By midday, the pizza oven is hot enough to bake the house-made dough, served as a thin crust. You can top your slices with something as simple as garlic, mozzarella and parmesan, or go all out with smoked salmon, lemon, capers, dill and wasabi mayo.
It’s not just pizzas on offer: salads, burgers and pastas all appear, including the hunger-busting chicken burger with chargrilled chicken breast, bacon, fresh pineapple, BBQ sauce and mayo.
As tempting as Dikstein’s day trade is, it’s the nights where it truly shines. The lights are dimmed to ‘moody’, music is just right and there are enough nook and crannies to get comfortable. Pizzas are once again on offer – order the same as lunch, or branch out with something like the field mushrooms with goat’s cheese, lemon and basil.
Wine comes courtesy of the bottleshop, while beers are free-flowing and cocktails are made with precision and flair. Dikstein’s is, in Karen’s words, “an oldie but a goodie.” It’s no mystery why – with a philosophy that centres around giving the customers what they want, it’s been a crowd favourite from the second it opened.