The Sunday Roast with the Most.
Estelle Bistro is the sort of restaurant one could fall in love with on the first encounter.
Such restaurants are rare. I love many restaurants, but I am not ‘in love’ with many. That requires a level of commitment that runs against my grain, yet Estelle breeds such emotion.
The minimalist, yet comforting fit-out.
The professional, yet familiar service.
And of course, the breathtaking, yet deceptively simple food.
Breath-taking indeed. I was moved to utter an involuntary “oh my God” after one mouthful of the ridiculously succulent roasted pork. Many a great love affair has started this way, and I’m not ashamed to admit this dish made me weak at the knees.
So good was this pork, my usually accommodating and generous girlfriend fought me off with knife and fork, demonstrating a ferocity that has not been witnessed in our 6 year courtship when I moved in to steal that last piece of piggy from her plate.
Finally coming to my senses (and realizing she would in fact inflict a serious wound if I didn’t back off), I allowed her ownership of that which was justifiably hers afterall, but we both learned a little something about each other at that table.
Anyway, I digress.
The dessert of apple tarte tatin was simple, and flawless, with accompanying cinnamon ice cream, you could not ask for a better finisher. Simple, and sweet.
And the starter of pork terrine, amongst the best I have encountered, served with micro herbs and a delicate sauce that cut through the heaviness of the terrine and lifted it to weightless heights.
Both lovely, and both worth the trip to Northcote, but that roast pork … maybe it was worth losing a finger …
243 High Street,
Northcote, Victoria _
OPEN 7 DAYS
Dinner Mon-Sun, Lunch Fri-Sun
(03) 9489 4609