Hood Food Guide Presents: North Fitzroy with Karen Batson (Executive Chef at Cookie, The Toff, Magic Mountain, Boney & Colonel Tan’s)

Hood Food Guide Presents: North Fitzroy with Karen Batson (Executive Chef at Cookie, The Toff, Magic Mountain, Boney & Colonel Tan’s)

In Hood Food Guide Episode Four, well-known Melbourne chef Karen Batson– Executive Chef of the monster machine that is Cookie, The Toff In Town, Magic Mountain Saloon, Colonel Tan’s, and Boney– shows us around her hood: North Fitzroy.


You don’t create the menus at some of the most successful restaurants in the city without knowing how to eat. While Karen’s trendy restaurants feature mainly crazy-good Thai-fusion cuisine, this lady likes to tuck in at some true neighbourhood spots. Join us for a Bombolone and a coffee at Loafer Bread, then onwards to Neighbourhood Wine Room for martinis, pool and Steak. We’ll meet up with her partner Gaye Laing (Dog groomer to the Dog Stars), and friends Daniel Ippoliti (Manager at Magic Mountain Saloon) and Jason Gabriel (owner of Bertie’s Butcher) to mangiare some great Italian food prepared two ways: light and seafood-based at Pinotta and rustic and casual pizza at Supermaxi.

QUICK TIPS: Check out our snapshot of the North Fitzroy episode. We’ve put the highlights in writing for you.



North Fitzroy is about as different from Fitzroy as it is from the CBD. While the two share a part of their names, North Fitzroy has far less of the hubub that Fitzroy sports, and far more quiet, leafy streets and leisurely, neighbourly activity. Otherwise known as Fitzroy North, it’s a place where the locals all seem to know each other and eat at each other’s restaurants and cafes. Most of the hype happens off of St Georges Road, but it’s a calm, pleasant hype. One that is inspired by a residential pleasure-taking in quality food, not happy hour cocktails.


READ: Want to know how Batson got to where she is? Check out her colourful back story.


Hood Food Guide is a passion project we started over a year ago. We’re a group of filmmakers with an insatiable appetite for tasty food and a desire to celebrate our local restaurant heroes. Our mission is not only to discover the best eats in our city, but also uncover the stories from the people involved. We dare you to show us a better beast of an industry than the Melbourne hospitality scene that can entertain the masses.  

With each episode, we’ll catch up with venue owners, managers and general neighbourhood legends and locals who know the ins and outs of their home. You can find these articles and more on our READ page.

We thank you for watching the episode, but do us a real favour and get out there and eat! Check the map on the page to guide your stomach. And hey, hit us up after watching by commenting below. Ask us anything– we’d love to hear from you.


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