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Estelle Bistro
Modern Australian
  • 243 High St,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9489 4609,
  • Lunch Fri-Sat noon-3pm, Sun noon-4pm

    Dinner Tue-Sun 6pm-10pm

Estelle Bistro

What was going to become of Estelle when Scott Pickett opened his ambitious, dégustation-only restaurant ESP next door? It turns out that Estelle got the memo to relax. The clubby, dark-timbered space still offers the value of the five-course chef's menu, but diners can also grab a bar seat and work through the excellent snacks list, from fried salt-and-vinegar kale (a revelation) to a smoosh of spicy 'nduja and quail egg yolk on toast. Steak tartare gets playful with barbecue sauce and veal tendon crackers, and a rich squid-ink aïoli with cured salmon is scythed through by a citrusy salad. While ESP busts Pickett's more out-there moves, Estelle still offers his classic-with-a-twist signatures, such as a wickedly caramelised pineapple tarte Tatin with the warm hum of ginger. Add a gang of waiters dedicated to the modern ideal of service, and a wine list set to thrill - Estelle might now be a "bistro" but it's certainly not B-list.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $18-$24

    M $25-$36

    D $17-$18

    3 courses $60, 5 courses $90

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Scott Pickett & Ryan Spurrell


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