Scott Pickett’s new restaurant Matilda 159 Domain: what to expect
The latest Melbourne restaurant by the chef behind Estelle by Scott Pickett and Saint Crispin will bring a more casual version of his cooking to the city’s south side. And there’s a flame-fuelled menu along for the ride.
Does Melbourne have room for another Scott Pickett restaurant? If you like your food flame-licked and your wine lists lengthy – and you happen to live south of the Yarra – you’ll likely be in the yes camp. Or you might be a guest at United Places Botanic Gardens, the new luxury hotel at which Pickett’s new restaurant Matilda 159 Domain is the flagship diner.
Matilda will be the chef’s fifth restaurant when it opens this week, joining his fine-diner Estelle by Scott Pickett and three others, all located on the city’s north side. Despite the venue being tethered to a hotel, Pickett is confident that he’s created a neighbourhood staple for the locals of South Yarra.
“You can drop in once or twice a week,” he says. “Whether for oysters and Champagne or to share a Hopkins River grass-fed steak and a bottle of red with a mate.”