ADDRESS: 115 Queen St, Northcote Point
DINNER: Tue – Sat
MAINS: $38 – $40
SCORE: 15 / 20
Since 2006, Natalia Schamroth and Carl Koppenhagen have been giving us a quintessential neighbourhood bistro – classic dishes done well in a warm and welcoming environment. Using local, seasonal produce, some grown themselves, they have a short menu of bistro staples. Entrees include a soft and perfectly executed goat’s cheese souffle with silky textures and great flavour. For mains, the duck confit with puy lentils, red cabbage and plums is excellent, tasty and simple, or why not plump for a traditional steak frites or pork schnitzel. Pavlova, profiteroles and pannacotta top the dessert list and a solid wine list and some interesting cocktails round out the offering. Clearly they’ve got all the elements just so, as evidenced by the steady hum of satisfied conversation drifting through this elegantly refurbished old post office.