Carlton North Restaurants
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Planning lunch or dinner out with friends? Carlton North has some of the best dining options including restaurants that offer everything from fine dining to cheap casual lunches with a glass of wine. Choose from some of the best venues in Carlton North via location, cuisine or features.
Chin Chin's At Koto Moon Restaurant
For a diversion from Lygon Street's 'little Italy' sits an institution in Carlton's North with a name worth remembering. Chin Chin's at Koto Moon sounds more like an entrant in Shanghai's independent film festival than a purveyor of contemporary Asian cuisine, but what awaits you is not to be missed.
Da Palladino Bar & Trattoria
A unique, comfortable atmosphere of casual and informal elegance: the perfect opportunity to unwind, relax and dream. The name Palladino stems from the Latin Palatinus, which roughly translates to the champion of a cause and re-establishing of order, think Paladin and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s also the shared name of the owner’s mother, Rita Palladino, who at seventy-five years of age is an exacting warrior in charge of the pasta making. In many ways this reflects the philosophy of the establishment, which the current custodians at 555 Nicholson Street, (formerly Tansy’s in the heady 80’s, 555’s and more recently Bistro Flor) aim to respect; a delicate melding of a rich culinary and cultural history, while simultaneously creating overt change. The salone - dining room, is adorned with a classic marbletop bar ideal for a cocktail or aperitivo, and the hidden courtyard is an oasis reminiscent of a bygone era that exudes a quiet charm. The establishment is deliberately the antithesis of ubiquitous corporate style branding and moves beyond fashion and trend. There’s a highly personalised expression at play here, a love of nostalgia, Italy and indeed old Carlton, where hospitality is paramount. Patrons can inulge in local and Italian wines, beers or classic cocktails alongside traditional cicchetti, savory snacks typical of the bars in Venice. While many locals have made Da Palladino their home away from home, there’s an eclectic mix here who appreciate the focus on casual, amiable service. It’s the perfect setting to gather with friends, or indeed meet new ones. For those feeling the pangs of hunger, there's a short seasonal inspired menu scribed onto a chalkboard daily that includes a selection of regional comfort foods, typically found in an Italian trattoria. The favourite is undoubtedly Rita’s artisan pasta, lovingly prepared by hand on premise and served with sugo, a slow cooked tomatoe based sauce found in the Mollisse region. Paired with wine from the same region, it's Italian simplicity at its very best.
La Luna Bistro
La Luna does beef and does it well, but there’s more to this small but much-loved long-standing restaurant in Rathdowne Village, owned by accomplished chef, and now TV personality Adrian Richardson. Richardson is highly regarded for the quality of the beef he serves but there’s also crackling-wrapped pork, house-made cotechino sausage, fish of the day or the generous lamb shoulder to share for two or more people. This isn’t the place to bring your vegetarians friends, but if you are an omnivore, the laidback decor - bare wood, cloth napkins and artwork that outlines the various cuts of beasts - instills comfort and anticipation in the experience ahead. Service has the know-how to back up Richardson’s passion and moves quickly in the often-crowded room. Relaxed quality seems to be the ethos at La Luna, and they’re pretty consistent with keeping that going.
The Kent Hotel
Established in 1867 and situated in the heart of popular Rathdowne Village, the Kent Hotel was recorded as one of Carlton North’s earliest buildings. By 1897 the Hotel housed 12 rooms, a skittles’ alley and a billiards room, which provided great entertainment for the locals. Since then the Kent has undergone numerous renovations from varying influences, yet has remained a favourite meeting place for the wider community. These days, the Kent offers an eclectic and ever-changing menu of Modern Australian and Mediterranean dishes within its stylish restaurant, bistro and al fresco dining areas. It also boasts an extensive selection of local and international wine, beer and cider. Supporting local and micro businesses and community wherever possible, the Kent continually modifies its menus to reflect the changing seasons, and incorporate the freshest produce. A private function room is also available for hire seven days a week. The space is ideal for all types of events –weddings, birthdays, christenings, corporate events, wakes – and provides a sophisticated ambience, fabulous menus, private bar and beer garden, and friendly, professional event staff who take care of every small detail. Continuing tradition and staying true to its legacy, the Kent provides the perfect environment for all occasions – from family gatherings to after-work drinks and everything in between.
Welcome to Piqueos, Melbourne’s newest South American restaurant. We offer a fusion of Peruvian and Argentinian cuisine. Come see us in Carlton North's picturesque Rathdowne Street. We hope you will fall in love with the South as much as we have.
Rathdowne Cellars is one of Melbourne's premier fine wine merchants. For over 50 years we’ve been supplying the local community in North Carlton and clients from all around the world. Our focus is on quality wine; from everyday quaffers to the best of Burgundy and everything in between.