Published: Dec 11 2019
5 of the Best Restaurants in Northcote
From fine diners to friendly neighbourhood bistros, Northcote is home to an exciting mix of restaurants guaranteed to keep you on your toes. Here, we've rounded up five of the best, all within a stone's throw of Verso.
Estelle Bistro and next door fine-diner Estelle by Scott Picket (ESP) have closed to make way for the chef-restauranteur’s latest venture, simply named Estelle. A space for all occasions, pop into Estelle’s wine bar for a beer and a Wagyu bolognese toastie or settle into the dining room for a five-course tasting menu with matching wines. Dishes lean casual yet refined; think grilled Humpty Doo barramundi with prawns and zucchini flower, or hand-rolled macaroni with cultivated mushroom and pecorino.
243-245 High Street, Northcote
Pizza Meine Liebe
Once you taste Pizza Meine Liebe’s fresh take on traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. This High Street institution churns out tasty pizzas brimming with high-quality ingredients and winning flavour combinations, like the Ozzy with tomato, provolone, pancetta, egg, chilli and peas, or the Jett with tartufata, mozzarella, potato, rocket and truffle oil. The menu is rounded out with a handful of tasty sides, salads and desserts, alongside beer, wine and cocktails aplenty. If you can't get in, don't worry, Pizza Meine Liebe 2 is just up the road at 493 High St.
231 High Street, Northcote
A few doors down from Westgarth Cinemas, Curry Café is the perfect spot for a pre or post-movie feast. Spices are roasted and ground in-house, and on any given night you’ll find hungry punters packed around old-school vinyl tables sharing plates of spicy snapper masala, eggplant curry (a staff favourite) and garlic naan. Indian barbeque is served straight from the charcoal fired tandoor, plus there’s beer on tap and house wine to wash it all down. Don’t miss Sunday happy hour for $10 curries and drink specials.
73 High Street, Northcote
Welcome to Thornbury
From the team behind Mr Burger and Homeslice, Melbourne’s first permanent bar and food truck park is the ultimate northside hangout. This dog and kid-friendly venue hosts a rotating list of vendors from all over Melbourne, so you might find toasties and tacos one week, or burgers and bahn mi the next. Kick back and relax in Welcome to Thornbury’s park-style open-air courtyard or find a spot inside by the bar for easy access to cocktail jugs and beer on tap.
520 High Street, Northcote
Part wine bar, bistro and bottle shop, Bar Nonno is friendly European fare at its finest. For a quick bite, the front bar is where you want to be: order a few plates of spuntini (snacks), like cauliflower panna cotta or steak tartare, and let the friendly staff select the perfect bottle of wine to match. If you’re after something more substantial, weave into the cosy dining room and tuck into generous plates of pasta, thin-crust pizza, or hearty mains like beef cheek with almond crust, celeriac and jus.