Restaurant Reviews

Nora: Restaurant review


156 Elgin St
Carlton, VIC


Dinner Tue-Sat 7pm-10pm


Dégustation $150


Don't read this review. It's best to approach Nora with no expectations, eyes (and mouth) wide open. There is no menu. Diners are told there will be 12 courses and some snacks, best appreciated with Nora's hand-picked - and sometimes hand-pickled - drinks, or try your luck with the natural wine list. The food menu, delivered aloud at the table, is a deliciously fun guessing game where the clues are in the titles. "What Goes Up Must Come Down" turns out to be a tomato (a love apple, for Newtonian purposes) dehydrated then rehydrated with chilli oil and presented on synthetic grass. Odd, but also the most remarkable tomato you'll taste all summer. Thai "caviar" is a flavour-packed tin of mostly faux fish eggs made luscious with chicken fat and an earthy mushroom cream. Desserts are equally offbeat - perhaps tom yum granita with cured egg or dried honeycomb of ox tripe with coconut cream. An unforgettable dining experience.
(03) 9041 8644
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Sarin Rojanametin
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.