Chef Nick Creswick and sommelier Zoë Ladyman opened Libertine in 2005 and have created an authentic Parisian air in their North Melbourne restaurant.

Provincial French cuisine is the order of the day, with Creswick focusing on traditional dishes and classic cooking techniques. Dining at Libertine is an indulgent experience and the owners’ intentions to ensure excellent service are clear.

The downstairs dining room is opulent, with green velvet banquets, chandeliers, gilded gold mirrors and white linen on the tables. The old world charm continues up the stairs to the intimate second floor dining space, complete with fireplace.

The wine list is small and eclectic, with rare bottles for connoisseurs, as well as wines at a lower price point. Sommelier Ladyman is at the ready with excellent but unobtrusive advice on the best match for your dining experience.

Libertine offers an la carte menu, as well as banquet and set menu options for groups and functions. For those wanting to really let the handbrake off, there’s a decadent eight-course degustation with the option of matched wines.