E’cco Bistro Newstead

Tuesday
5:30pm - 12:00am
63 Skyring Terrace Newstead 4006

Features

special occasion
licensed
reservations recommended
takes reservations
notable chef
notable wine list

E’cco Bistro is in Newstead’s Haven development and its run by married co-owners Philip Johnson and Mary Randles. It closed for a spell while renovations and a reboot were undertaken and reopened in March 2018.

There is a 65-seat downstairs dining room, a 35-seat upstairs private function room and a 70-seat semi-alfresco area called The Terrace.

The fit-out includes plush leather seating, lots of marble, heavy dark curtains, and a mixture of carpet, brick and slate flooring. There’s a range of seating options including a curtain-enclosed private dining table for 12, bar seating and an eight-seat kitchen counter.

The menu is largely based around a brand-new Brazilian Scheer Parilla grill. The menu is split into three sections: vegetable, seafood and meat. Vegetable dishes include coal-roasted sprouts with sambal matah (a Balinese chilli relish), soft egg and fried onion. The seafood section features coal-grilled market fish with harissa, currants and sorrel. Meat dishes include two steaks – a dry-aged porterhouse and rib eye – as well as suckling pig and veal cotoletta.

At the back wall of the restaurant a stacked wine cabinet displays around 75 wines. There’s a strong focus on Australian wines, both boutique and big name labels, as well as a few classic imports. Beers are mostly local, with many in bottles and a handful on tap.