In Where Chefs Eat, a new book published by Phaidon, more than 400 of the world’s best culinary creatives give their recommendations: where they pitch up for a late-night supper, the restaurants they wish they’d opened, where they would be prepared to travel. And wherever they end up, we trust it will reflect their own good taste: be it a backstreet noodle joint or a mountain-top Michelin-starred eyrie.  Asking chefs where to eat is nothing new.

So why not look to our own head, sous, and commis chefs to dish out the insider tips for Melbourne? Check out all the chefs’ so far HERE.

Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Adam Liston – Northern Light, Melbourne

Northern Light’s Adam Liston

Which restaurant do you eat at most regularly?

Lam Lam in Northcote is my most frequent haunt. I love it there, awesome day off nourishment. It’s a bit of a northcote gem…. The food is always bang on, its cheap, its busy and for everyday Chinese/Vietnamese food I reckon its Melbourne’s best.


South of Johnston is around the corner from my house, great spot mid week when its not super busy (I also steal their nasturtiums that they have growing out the front).

Late Night?

Supper Inn….. I know everyone goes there but its pretty reliable and its awesome to go with all the kitchen crew after a big week. My hot tip? Quail all day long…..


Builders Arms Hotel and the Union Hotel. Builders for quality wine, snacks, vibes and union for clean beer, quirky atmosphere, warm in winter.

Cheap and cheerful?

Belles Hot Chicken. Morgan is killing it with that concept. Perfect when hungover….. or just flat out starving! Read Where Morgan McGlone eats in Melbourne.

High End?

Flower Drum….. Service is next level, the difference between the quality of this Chinese food vs everyday/cheap is huge. The produce is superior and the care taken is what makes it stand out. Easily Australia’s best chinese restaurant.

Worth travelling for?

Brae…. Dan’s food is super intelligent, restrained and crazy clean. Every time I visit it blows me away how pristine everything is. Service and wine are also amazing. The whole package is humble and polished.

International restaurant?

Ryugin Tokyo easily best meal of my life. Dish after dish of absolute mind-blowing quality and technique.

I hope nobody discovers…?

Phuoc Thanh…… crazy good Viet pork rolls.

My neighbourhood?

Cutler and Co…. Andrew McConnell and the boys there set a pretty high benchmark for Collingwood and Melbourne.

Guilty Pleasure?

Fitzroy Kebabs…. Best kebab in Melbz.

Staff are talking about?

The Town Mouse…. The level of food coming out of that kitchen is pretty phenomenal. Presentation is always really striking and the service and wine list compliment the entire package.

Wish it was my idea?

The wheel…. I wish I invented the wheel…. still a winner.

What’s your favourite dish on your current menu?

Cold soba noodles dressed in tuna soy, perilla oil and fried garlic.

Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Adam Liston – Northern Light, Melbourne

Why should Melbourne foodies search out Northern Light? 

Northern Light is good value, the menu changes constantly, we always source the best products we can find, the service is friendly and the wine list is interesting.

Where Melbourne Chefs Eat: Adam Liston – Northern Light, Melbourne


Contact: Northern Light – 102 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066. Ph. (03) 9416 0698. WebsiteFacebookTwitter. Instagram.

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