Saturday, August 31, 2019


August 13, 2019

It's fantastic to see Ethiopean restaurants spreading more broadly across metropolitan Melbourne! Michael noticed that one such spot, Northcote's Mesob, is located along our bike commute. It's a comfortable, low-key place with a naturally inclusive and intentionally well-labeled menu: mains are centred around their wonderfully sour and spongey gluten-free injera, and almost half their main dishes are vegan.

Naturally, we went all-in with the Herbivore Combination Platter ($23 per person). We didn't take a whole lot of interest in the central salad when we could be scooping up shiro (thick, berbere-spiced chickpea flour), miser wot (red lentils),  gomen (collard greens), yatakilt alicha (tender sauteed cabbage, carrot and potato), duba wot (caramelised pumpkin stew), and kik alicha (turmeric-spiced yellow lentils). And scoop scoop scoop we did, until it was almost done - those injera are filling!

Injera platters make for terrific winter comfort food, and they're so much fun to share. I've got a hunch that we'll be parking our bikes out front of Mesob on a regular basis.

Mesob has already received positive review on veg blogs Green Gourmet Giraffe and Enlightened Decadence.

213 High St, Northcote
9489 6952

Accessibility: There's a small ramp on entry and moderately spaced tables and chairs throughout the restaurant. We ordered at our table and paid at a low counter. We didn't visit the toilets.


  1. I am a bad vegan, and have never been to an Ethiopian restaurant before! I love the idea of it, but some of the menus I have seen look spicy, and I am not spicy.

    1. Hey Susan! Yeah, some of the dishes can be spicy but I have always found that there are a couple very mild ones on the veg-friendly menus. Hope you have the chance to try 'em one day, injera is so fun!