Green Park Dining
815 Nicholson St, Carlton North VIC
(03) 9380 5499
Nestled alongside Carlton North’s Capital City Bicycle Trail is Green Park Dining, an all-day meeting point for an eclectic and lively mix of creatives, city workers, students and families. With green surrounds and a dedication to sustainability, it’s a hub for the local community to enjoy beautiful fare in a picturesque setting.
On a balmy Sunday, children play in the park and adults sprawl on the grass, coffee in hand and newspapers spread out. Sunlight pours in through huge windows that open the cafe out onto the park and the space is filled with a relaxed hum of activity.
It’s no wonder locals are flocking the space, given the solid hospitality reputations of owners Jesse Gerner (of Bomba, Añada), Howard Stamp (ex-MoVida and Le Bon Ton), Jamie Munro-Lynch (ex-Cutler & Co., Añada) and James Madden (ex-Merricote and City Wine Shop).
The resulting space draws from the natural elements of the surrounding park. A forest green palette, natural timbers, plenty of lush foliage and a collection of vintage knick-knacks set the tone for leisurely, unpretentious dining.
The kitchen team endeavours to produce as many ingredients as possible on site. All kitchen and co ee waste is processed into a rich compost, available to customers for a gold coin donation. The menu highlights an array of local produce – organic Murray Grey beef from East Gippsland, wild-caught rabbit from Bendigo, and mushrooms from Mornington. Green Park also ups its sustainability credentials by rescuing imperfect vegies that aren’t good-looking enough for retail but taste just as delicious.
It’s well worth lingering over the inventive brunch options, such as the cassoulet, a luscious mix of duck, pork belly, Toulouse sausage and white beans, topped with an egg and herb crunch, or the Japanese-inspired house-smoked ocean trout with soba noodles and miso broth. On the sweeter side, Howard’s English heritage shines through in the classic Devonshire tea with scones, clotted cream and house jam.
As the sun sets, Green Park transforms into a buzzing bar and dining space. For something lighter, sidle up to the long bar for a cocktail and a selection of snack plates gourmands will dream about, including salt cod croquettes, jamon Ibérico, and house-made pickled pork belly. Vegetarian dishes are just as enticing, such as the leek terrine with truffled potato foam, pickled garlic and hazelnuts. The open-plan dining space is ideal for group dinners, but if you feel like cosying up for the evening, grab one of the more intimate booths.
When you’re searching for somewhere you’d be happy to take your kids, your parents, or even a date, Green Park Dining wins out with an authentic commitment to delicious, sustainable food, and a vibrant atmosphere from morning until late.