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Arthur Radley Bistrot

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by Aridhi Anderson (subscribe)
Aridhi Anderson is a theatremaker, performer and reviewer based in Melbourne. Check out her work at aridhianderson.com.
Published July 5th 2018
An oasis of tasteful elegance on Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn
Arthur Radley Bistrot on Whitehorse Road, Balwyn. Image credit: Aridhi Anderson.
Arthur Radley Bistrot on Whitehorse Road, Balwyn. Image credit: Aridhi Anderson.


Arthur Radley Bistrot is run by Anna and Janeece, proud owners of this lovely To Kill a Mockingbird themed restaurant. They founded it together about seven years ago over a shared love for vintage French-style dining and, of course, the book after which it is named and themed. The space is warm and intimate and feels full but not crowded, despite being lined with books, bottles, photographs and other delightful knick-knacks along the walls. The space also has great acoustics and is pleasantly conducive to good conversation over coffee or lunch.

Shelves lined with books and knick knacks at Arthur Radley Bistrot. Image credit: Aridhi Anderson.
Shelves lined with books and knick knacks at Arthur Radley Bistrot. Image credit: Aridhi Anderson.


Anna notes that one of their founding goals was to design a place that they themselves would enjoy visiting. The result of their fine detailing proves them to be women of taste - the decor exudes class as well as an authentic, personal appreciation of all that they have chosen to arrange on display. There is a strong sense of home and community in this place - many of the books on the shelves (including several copies of To Kill a Mockingbird) are gifts from customers to the cafe. Anna speaks with pride about the loyal long term clientele that frequents the bistrot. The collection of photographs on one of the walls contains pictures from the owners' families and reminds customers of their own families, making the feeling of family a significant intended feature of the decor. Incidentally, a number of the bistrot staff also happen to be related to the owners.

Half & half soup and baguette at Arthur Radley Bistrot. Image credit: Aridhi Anderson.
Half & half soup and baguette at Arthur Radley Bistrot. Image credit: Aridhi Anderson.


The menu feels purposefully crafted, consistent with the rest of the experience. The service is pleasant and timely. The servings are elegantly sized and presented. The experience of a meal shared here with a friend is just right. Everything about this bistrot is subtlely classy - it's all there to be taken in if you have the time and mental space to absorb it, but it's never in your face if your mind is elsewhere.

Positioned next to the charming Palace Cinemas on one side and a lovely secondhand bookshop on the other, it's the perfect rest stop before or after whatever adventure you'd like to embark on.
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Phone: 03 9816 8725
Where: 237 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn
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Thanks for a very thoughtful review Aridhi. Itís great that someone took the time to look and appreciate the thought that Anna and Janeece put into the place. It is truly an extension of themselves, an eclectic one at that! You summed up the spirit of the place perfectly and, yes, the food is damn good as well. You must come back for dinner sometime. The vibe is equally busy and warm. Thanks, Lydia (part of the Arad family)
by lydal (score: 0|2) 488 days ago
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