The Estelle

243 High St, Northcote, VIC

Larissa Dubecki

WHERE AND WHAT

A collaboration between chefs Scott Pickett, formerly at Albert Park's the Point, awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide, and Ryan Flaherty, a molecular adventurer who has done the rounds of Europe's gastro-temples, including the Fat Duck, Restaurant Arzak and elBulli, the Estelle is a forward-thinking but relaxed bistro with some surprising (and very good) food, cunningly disguised as a cafe.

WHERE TO SIT

The small place occupies a single shopfront in Northcote's booming High Street, decorated 1950s-style with soft pink, white and grey tiles and polished wooden floors and affording a good view of the chef toiling in the open kitchen at one end. Seating is on stools at the bar, at tables on a mixture of banquettes and chairs, while out back there's a pleasant little courtyard.

WHEN TO GO

Lunch is served Thursday to Sunday, dinner from 6pm Wednesday to Sunday.

DRINK

It's a mark of the way the Estelle has balanced its avant-garde culinary leanings with a laid-back feel that the bartender is kept busy mixing cocktails for people who wander in looking for a drink. The wine list is short - 15 whites and 15 reds that change regularly - well-priced and with a keen eye for some interesting varietals from Portugal, Spain and Italy. The wine-matching option is good value.

 

EAT

You wouldn't expect a forward-thinking eatery like this to stick to the entree-main-dessert format and indeed it doesn't. Diners choose between three courses at $50 a head, five for $70 or seven for $90. Whichever way you go, the technical finesse makes it a bargain. Diners start with a complimentary sardine ''fossil'' - a playful take on the prawn cracker - with whipped sour cream. The earthiness of pickled heirloom beetroot anchors radishes, a pleasantly sharp citrus gel, and soft goat's cheese rolled in crumbled black sesame seed lavosh; a rich and melting piece of confit king salmon is spring perfection with asparagus, a soft quail egg and shiso dressing. With another chef who's just back from a stage with Italian innovator Carlo Cracco there's some out-there fun with translucent egg yolk pasta, the tangle served with strips of jamon, cauliflower puree, toasted brioche crumbs and cherry tomato. Dessert is ragged pieces of vanilla and olive-oil sponge mixing it up with toasted pumpkin seeds, frozen sour cream, salted caramel and mint.

WHO'S THERE

As befitting such an eclectic place it's a very mixed bag of diners.

WHY BOTHER?

A surprise package, the Estelle ought to appeal to people who want to think about their dinner as well as those who just want to eat it.

The Estelle

243 High Street, Northcote, phone 9489 4609.

Rate this restaurant

Rate this restaurant:

Use [left] and [right] keys to rate, [enter] to submit, [esc] to cancel.

Rate this restaurant with 0.5 a star Rate this restaurant with 1 star Rate this restaurant with 1.5 stars Rate this restaurant with 2 stars Rate this restaurant with 2.5 stars Rate this restaurant with 3 stars Rate this restaurant with 3.5 stars Rate this restaurant with 4 stars Rate this restaurant with 4.5 stars Rate this restaurant with 5 stars

Write a review

Thanks for voting!

Write a review

243 High St, Northcote, VIC

  • Cuisine - Modern Australian
  • Prices - Three courses $45, five courses $60, seven courses $80
  • Chef(s) - Scott Pickett, Ryan Flaherty
  • Owners - Scott Pickett, Ryan Flaherty and Rebecca Harris
  • Cards accepted - AMEX, Mastercard, Visa, EFTPOS
  • Opening Hours - Thurs-Sun, noon-3pm; Wed-Sun, 6pm-late
  • Author - Larissa Dubecki
Close map

Similar Restaurants

Mitte

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)

Jorg

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (51)
Calamari.

Charlie's Restaurant

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (16)

Reviews

Be the first to write a review.

Write a review

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Rate The Estelle

Rate The Estelle:

Use [left] and [right] keys to rate, [enter] to submit, [esc] to cancel.

Rate The Estelle with half a star Rate The Estelle with 1 star Rate The Estelle with 1.5 stars Rate The Estelle with 2 stars Rate The Estelle with 2.5 stars Rate The Estelle with 3 stars Rate The Estelle with 3.5 stars Rate The Estelle with 4 stars Rate The Estelle with 4.5 stars Rate The Estelle with 5 stars

Error: Please select your rating for 'The Estelle'.

Error: Please select a rating.

Error: Please enter your review.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your review has been submitted for approval.

Reviews are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Most viewed restaurants

View all

You can also view recent reviews for:

Most viewed restaurants in Sydney

View all

You can also view recent reviews for:

Most viewed restaurants in Melbourne

View all

You can also view recent reviews for:

Most viewed restaurants in Brisbane

View all

You can also view recent reviews for:

Most viewed restaurants in Canberra

View all

You can also view recent reviews for:

Promotions

Gorgeous native seasonal produce prepared in a sublime natural wonderland.