Like a finely stocked living room in the apartment of a close friend, Von Haus is a gem of Melbourne’s laneway list. The main room is small (literally the size of an apartment living room), and tends to get quite noisy when only 20 people fill the space and compete to be heard. Offering breakfast, lunch, nibbles (cheese is the way to go here), and a limited dinner menu – a chalkboard of two or three specials – of European inspiration, it’s perfect for a quiet coffee or a relaxed drink.
The wine list is somewhat limited but the chalkboard by-the-glass menu does suggest flexibility. You might not be spoilt for choice here, but you will be spoilt by the bar staff who wander around ready to fill your glass before you’ve had the chance to lament your last sip. Von Haus is ideal for pairs and trios, with its warm lighting and friendly atmosphere encouraging conversation. Get in early on a Friday to claim a seat. The intimate space, limited menu choices and attentive service make the experience of Von Haus cosy, humble and civilised.