Restaurant Reviews

Matilda: Restaurant review


159 Domain Rd, South Yarra


Lunch daily noon-3pm;
dinner daily 6pm-10pm


E $9-$24
M $34-$48
D $18-$21


The latest venture from Scott Pickett (Estelle, ESP) is a luxe, superbly conceived local eatery. Diners experience the heat and smoke from the wood-fired kitchen at the entry as they make their way to the leather and timber-clad dining room. It's a drum roll for what's next – nearly every dish takes cues from the grill. The bonito cream filling of a gorgeous tart topped with salmon roe is gently smoked. Charred flatbread accompanies prawn butter and spanner crab tossed with crème fraîche and finger lime. Roast duck is teamed with scorched orange slices and grilled duck hearts. Tarte Tatin is served with smoked vanilla ice-cream. It's deft stuff: plates aren't overloaded and smoke doesn't dominate. There's a similar sense of balance with the wine list, stacked with small producers making wines across the spectrum. You'll want to waltz back to Matilda soon.
(03) 9089 6668
  • Licensed
  • Private room
  • Wheelchair friendly
Bookings recommended
Scott Pickett & Tim Young
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
2019 Top 100 Rank - #85
Food: ★
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