Chef restaurateur Scott Pickett is celebrating a new era in Northcote with the launch of Estelle, a bar and restaurant inhabiting the much-loved Estelle Bistro and Estelle by Scott Pickett (ESP) sites.

Estelle is a venue designed to suit all occasions. Whether stopping by for a glass of wine and share plate, or a full tasting menu experience for which Pickett has become renowned, guests can find home in the all-encompassing venue. 

Collaboratively, Pickett and newly appointed Estelle Head Chef Valentin Barrere (ESP, Vue de Monde, Marque) have crafted a menu in line with contemporary Australian dining, offering lighter snacks and share plates at the bar, and a more substantial offering in the dining room. Expect dishes including;

• Sardine on toast, rouille, bottarga

• BBQ baby corn, truffle cream, corn bread

• Eggplant, miso, quinoa, wood sorrel

• Hand rolled macaroni ‘cacio e pepe’, guanciale

• Whole flounder, black bean, mussel XO

• Berkshire pork, mustard leaf, kohlrabi

• Saturn peach, jasmine kombucha, lychee

The wine list, developed by Sommelier and Restaurant Manager Fabien Moalic, features nearly 200, predominately Australian references, with a concise wine by the glass selection. The cocktail list shines on the classics, whilst including a handful of ‘Estelle signatures’ such as; Spicy Smokey Sour – Estelle take on a sour, smoked and spicy rum; Pickett and Co – Pickett and Co Gin, honey and thyme.

Designed by Alexandra Green, the new bar space retains the bones of Estelle Bistro, relaxing them with exposed brick, tones of emerald green marble, floor to ceiling wine racks, banquette seating, tarnished mirrors and two provincial-style internal windows that combine the two previous restaurants.

A new opening allows guests to pass into the adjacent 65-seat dining room, which now features window-side seating and round tables for groups of four to six, along with front row seats to the kitchen inherited from the venue’s former iteration.