Restaurant Reviews

Estelle by Scott Pickett

Estelle by Scott Pickett
245 High St Northcote, Melbourne, VIC


You could say ESP goes its own way. A swirling Christopher Boots chandelier, darkly glamorous room and showcase open kitchen all swim against the tide of casualisation; so does Scott Pickett’s dégustation menu, which grows more theatrical and experimental without ever stooping to twee, or losing sight of flavour. Even the salvo of snacks that kicks off the meal, a four-act extravaganza including nasturtium-wrapped truffled quail eggs in a nest of straw, and parmesan sablé biscuits with a crested flourish of king prawn and shaved macadamia, is a witty Australian take on European culinary classicism. The playful modernity and carefully handled flavours continue with chervil-oiled veal sweetbreads in smoky onion broth through to impressive petits fours. The service and décor (diners sit on Philippe Starck chairs at broadly spaced tables or ringside at the bar) conspire to create a true sense of occasion dining.


(03) 9489 4609



Bookings recommended


  • Licensed

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Scott Pickett & Steve Nairn

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

2018 Top 100 Rank – #28

Food: ★ ★

Wine: ★ ★

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Estelle by Scott Pickett
245 High St Northcote, Melbourne, VIC
Scott Pickett & Steve Nairn
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

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