Step through the door of comfy Northcote newcomer Oh Loretta and you'll feel like you've just walked into a good mate's place. The space is warm, the vibe is a little retro and the offering is all kinds of comforting.
Sporting cherry red banquettes inside and a dog-friendly courtyard out back, the wine bar has all the makings of a much-loved neighbourhood gem.
Chef Dan Wayne (Ottolenghi, Etta) is heading up the food side of things, with a daily-changing menu centred around seasonal vegetables and his beloved hibachi grill. Settle in for thoughtful fare such as fried cauliflower teamed with a mustard crème fraîche ($10), baby cos hearts with pecorino and pumpkin seeds ($6) and sugar snap peas with buffalo ricotta ($10).
The matching drinks list heroes favourites from Victoria's smaller wine producers, along with craft beers and an oft-changing lineup of revamped classic cocktails (all $18), including the hibiscus collins, mandarin negroni, cherry old fashioned and a giant G&T with cucumber juice.
And while you're there, expect a warm, unpretentious musical offering by local DJ and PBS presenter MzRizk. You'll even catch vinyl picks from a rotation of resident guests every Thursday to Sunday, too.
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