Top of the Hill
There’s a bit of a dream team behind Top of the Hill on High Street, Northcote.
Stray designed and built the elements for the space, previously an art gallery, including the curved plywood ceiling. The counter is flanked by an impressive mural of a jungle-like scene by Melbourne artist, Robert Bowers. It complements the brass-clad counter, where an antique cash register holds pride of place. The reclaimed terrazzo flooring was hard-earned by the team, after a trip to pick it up resulted in three tonnes being hand-loaded and transported back to Melbourne.
The menu by Ryan Taylor is refreshing in its simplicity. It has five well-considered sandwiches and some specials. The team wanted to keep the food offerings streamlined; a few good things done well. The cafe’s signature sandwich is the Georgia Reuben, packed with house-brined pastrami, slaw, “10 billion sauce” (a spin on Thousand Island) and pickles. There are also pastries from Noisette and coffee by Clement.