Scott Pickett has opened a deli and rotisserie at Queen Victoria Market (Melbourne)

Melbourne’s quintessential Queen Victoria Market has welcomed a deli and rotisserie from Estelle chef Scott Pickett, realising a life long dream for the renowned chef and restaurateur and bringing a high quality offering to the iconic marketplace. Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie is a European-styled deli which is open for hungry market goers through the week, operating long hours from 7am to 11pm with evenings bolstered by a wine-by-night bar

Pickett’s aim with this new deli is to showcase quality produce from all around Victoria, particularly from surroundings stalls at the Queen Vic. The 36 seater space sees a range of meats served to diners, from house-cured and smoked bacon which has been slow-roasted overnight and carved to order, to a range of charcuterie delivered at a marble-topped counter with stools so the public can get up close to all that slicing and dicing. Homemade preserves, pickles, and vinegars which line the walls of the deli are also used to enhance flavour.

The world’s leading interior design firm, Melbourne based Hirsch Bedner Associates, have taken care of the warm and welcoming fitout, providing Pickett with a slick space in which to offer breakfast lovers freshly ground Duke’s coffee and his signature bacon and egg buttie as well as a range of pastries, while the lunch crowd jump all over the likes of roast chicken coated in special spice rub and served in French baguettes, served as is for takeaway or dressed with tarragon mayo and pickles for those dining in. The baguette option will rotate regularly, with other fillings including roasted beef rib with horseradish, and pork loin with sage and apple.


For the sundown transformation into a wine bar, the deli switches to a snappy dinner menu with snacks like freshly shucked oysters, crumbed lamb brains, wagyu meatballs, and rotisserie rock flathead with kombu butter and peas.

“My very first memory of Melbourne is visiting the Vic Market with my dad and tucking into a grilled bratwurst before the footy”, recalled Pickett. “It’s a special moment for me to be able to now work in this unique destination with an offering that I’m so passionate about”.

Chef Aaron Brodie leads the kitchen while wines designed for food pairing are carefully selected by Estelle’s sommelier James Dossen, who has made sure that the list includes 20 bottles available by the glass.

Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

Address: 503 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Contact: 7 days, 7am-11pm

Images supplied.


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Chris Singh

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