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Greasy Zoe’s

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There’s a story in every name. You should ask Zoe why she named the tiny fifteen seater she operates with her partner Lachlan “Greasy Zoe’s”. The story is a riot, and the name is an anathema to the actual dining experience at this exquisite little place in Hurstbridge. There’s nothing dude-food, American diner, or greasy about it.

Greasy Zoe’s is hospitality’s answer to the tiny-house movement. It’s strictly a booking affair, as the fifteen seats fill quickly. The food is ridiculously local – most from a handful of organic farmers within 20 kilometres, and it’s just sublime. The menu is truly “du jour”. Zoe cooks what comes in the door. There’s no fussing over a long list of choices for diners, as Zoe sets a degustation menu every night. You simply order your 6 or 8 courses with or without wine. It’s insane value – 8 courses for $85 per head or 6 for $65. Wines are matched to the food carefully, and there are some fun stories in there too. All wines are available by the glass or as a matched set paired with the food. A small collection of impressive spirits adorns the top shelves behind the bar – worthy of an extra half hour or so at the table. Oh, you should take note of the plates. All made specially for Zoe and Lachlan by a local potter. It’s an indication of their commitment to getting it “just right”.

City slickers need not bother with the car. Head out on the Hurstbridge rail line, go to the end, and cross the road. Easy, and no designated driver arguments.

Bookings are strictly online from, and they recommend that you allow 1-2 weeks in advance. It’s worth it.

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