Restaurant Guide

Gray and Gray

Think excellent flatbread served with “lumpy” butter and pickled green tomatoes, or parsnip dumplings with caramelised onion and yoghurt.
Address
188 High St, Northcote

REVIEW

Pining for a pine-mushroom khachapuri? Or superbly textured smoked kingfish butterbrod, served with a delightfully tart pickled egg? Perhaps a rib-sticking savoury millet porridge sprinkled with caraway-forward kharcho salt? If for whatever reason you’ve not been hanging out for all this Eastern European deliciousness, a visit to chef Boris Portnoy’s superb, idiosyncratic Northcote diner will certainly change that. Located in a former solicitor’s office (Gray and Gray – they adopted the name and kept the decal), this stylish room – all timber, rippled glass, tiled floors and flattering lighting – offers dishes and techniques rarely seen in Melbourne. Think excellent flatbread served with “lumpy” butter and pickled green tomatoes, or parsnip dumplings with caramelised onion and yoghurt. Dessert, an impressive multi-layered honey cake, is equally fabulous. A deli fridge stocked full of ethically farmed wines both strange and wonderful only adds to Gray and Gray’s “not in Kansas anymore” allure.

ABOUT

Gray and Gray

188 High St, Northcote

breadandwine.com.au

Chef Boris Portnoy

Price guide $$

Bookings Recommended

Wheelchair access Yes

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Gray and Gray
188 High St, Northcote
Chef(s)
Boris Portnoy
Price Guide
$$
Bookings
Recommended
Wheelchair Access
Yes

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