Northcote newcomer Oh Loretta! is taking High St by storm with her not-so-north-side promise of passionate nonchalance. Simply put, Loretta serves unpretentious food and drink that’s from the heart and for the heart. Upon entry, Kate Peat of Blue 13 Consulting, who has opened over 60 venues to date, will greet you like are being welcomed into own home.
“I want people to come here to feel the love. The love of industry the love of good wine, the love of good food, of having a place to be and feel yourself.” – Kate Peat
Oh Loretta! is the cool aunty you wished you had growing up. She’ll take you in and show you the ropes with bloody good food, heckin’ good wine, and old-timey, foot tappin’ tunes beyond her humble years.
Headed by New Zealand born Chef Dan Wayne, the bar flirts a veg-heavy menu, alongside mouthwatering seafood and meat options, birthed from Dan’s extensive cooking history working at London’s Ottolenghi and Melbourne’s Etta to name a few. With a love of modern Australian cuisine, Dan spends hour after hour smoking over his hibachi grill, roasting, dehydrating, curing, brining, and injecting flavour into Oh Loretta’s fresh seasonal vegetables. His food is elegant, simple, flavourful, well thought out and perfectly paired with wine – and boy does Loretta love a drink or three.
The latch on the liquor cabinet is always loose, and aunty Loretta encourages diners to explore her extensive range of easy drinking wines, craft beers and tall drinks as close to organic as can be. With cocktail offerings as considered and changing as often as their seasonal menu, you’ll want to try what the team throws together each week.
Oh Loretta! is an over 30’s hangout designed for good old-fashioned good times, with a warm retro feel and a regular rotation of DJ’s dropping the pin on the soft crackle of beloved vinyl Thursday – Sundays. There’s no pretentious hat chasing, no obnoxiously loud music, just welcome strangers sharing the hearty table space over a drink, a meal, a dance, and a yarn, then off to bed by midnight.
With a dog friendly courtyard, and of course 100% LGBTQI + friendly, Oh Loretta! is the quiet north-side gem you’ve been waiting for. Grab a mate and head on down, and be sure to stick around on a Sunday arvo after close for knock offs with the team!
Oh Loretta! is all about love.
324 High Street Northcote, VIC
Wednesday to Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday to Sunday: 3pm – 11pm
More info and bookings at ohloretta.com.au
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