Restaurant Reviews


156 Elgin St Carlton, VIC


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


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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

Food: ★

Wine: ★

Gourmet Traveller’s star-ratings, which range from zero to three stars, reflect reviewers’ first-hand experiences. The best-rated restaurants form our national Top 100. Our wine ratings, from zero to three stars, are made by wine editor Max Allen on the strength of the quality of the restaurant’s wine list. View our rating key here.

156 Elgin St Carlton, VIC
Sarin Rojanametin
Bookings essential
Opening Hours
Dinner Tue-Sat 7pm-10pm

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