On a recent visit to Northcote for lunch with a friend we looked in the window of The Estelle, but decided on lunch at Palomino across the road. A few days later, I found myself entertaining another friend in the same area, and this time I could not resist trying somewhere new. Dinner has already been admirably reviewed by Vetti live in Northcote, and breakfast by Juliette’s food spot, but I hope I have done the first lunch review!

estelle1 lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

The striking tiled walls use a pink / white / grey / black colour scheme familiar to me from art deco era bathrooms. This palette is reflected in the crockery, which in a shock to established inner north aesthetics is not odd pieces from opp shops but is a matching set! Outrageous.

estelle2 lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

The food is most impressive, and approaches that at Gigibaba in Collingwood in terms of quality, intensity of flavour and exquisite presentation. We ordered three dishes to share – two salads and one meat dish. From the top down: the chick pea and sweet potato salad, crispy skin duck with roast carrots and the beetroot and goat’s cheese salad.

estelle4 lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

estelle7 lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

estelle6 lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

Like Gigibaba, the serves are modest for the price, but the magical intensity of the flavours makes eating these dishes a special experience. The Estelle is not an average High St cafe. I left most impressed and satisfied by my meal, which was completed by a wonderful coffee. Depending on your budget, The Estelle may be an everyday luxury or an occasional treat, but it is definitely a treat as you can see from the before and after shots below.

estelle3 lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

estelle5 lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

7 thoughts on “lunch at The Estelle, High St Northcote

  • 4 January 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Estelle is run by the lovely team who also own Rrose in Errol St, North Melbourne – one of the better boutique and cost bars in that area. Glad to hear Estelle also good going.

  • 6 January 2010 at 10:56 pm

    The coffee at Estelle is superb and the food also good. Unfortunately, the wait staff are plain sour! My friend and I were forced to eat at the bar, as opposed to the vacant table that did not seat anyone during the entirety of our visit. The bar was too low to eat off comfortably and was just squashy and weird. Not a pleasant atmosphere and I would not return despite the food and coffee.

    • 7 January 2010 at 1:06 am

      I found the staff to be friendly, but I suppose it depends on who you get.

  • 7 January 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Looks yum! I am over the non-booking at Gigibaba. Can you book here?

    • 7 January 2010 at 10:06 pm

      I don’t know – I was a random walk in.


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