When cooking is out of the question, Oskar is the answer for north-siders

It’s 7.30pm on a Wednesday night. You’re poking around the fridge hoping to unearth something other than a wet bag of lettuce. Woe is you, it’s looking hopeless. Before you reach for the two minute noodles, an Oskar pizza may be just the thing for your hump day blues.

Oskar is a small pizza restaurant that sits unobtrusively on Errol Street. Yes it’s smart and classy with white tablecloths, a spiky chandelier and shiny, black walls, but young and cheerful staff keep the tone chilled enough for a mid-week meal. On a clear night, outside tables are prime real estate for the mainly thirties plus crowd enjoying a quiet glass of wine.

The menu consists of pizza, two salads and two desserts (gelato and a chocolate pizza). The pizzas are a roll call of classic contemporary combinations such as potato and rosemary, smoked salmon and ricotta and mushroom and tallegio cheese. Pulled from the blazing wood fired oven, the bases are thin, crisp, puffed up in parts and have that requisite chewiness. Toppings are just right – not so heavy you think you’re eating at Pizza Haven, and not so light you’re wishing you stayed home to eat toast and tomato sauce.

The quail pizza is one of the more unique choices. With shredded quail meat, crisp wavy pancetta, sprigs of oregano and blobs of rich, brown onion relish, it’s like a grown up version of a BBQ chicken pizza and a delicious celebration of salty and sweet. Next up is the pumpkin pizza, where thin slices of roasted pumpkin meet ricotta, pine nuts and rocket (not quite as perky as you’d hope). It’s a successful combination, but after the flavour-packed quail pizza, the softer, creamier flavours pale in comparison.

If you’ve ordered ambitiously, staff will happily box up any leftover pizza for takeaway. And if extracting yourself out of your tracksuit pants is all too much, you can always call up for take away!

Want to attend the Melbourne Food Awards?

First published on . Updated on .

By Kelly Eng   |  

Oskar details

5 Errol St

North Melbourne 3051

Nearby Stations: North Melbourne

Telephone 03 9329 1585

Price per person including drinks Up to $50

Open Daily 5pm-late

North Melbourne area guide

Restaurants near Oskar

Sosta Cucina

18m - Turin-born chef Paolo Masciopinto has come on board (via Stokehouse and...

123 Cake

136m - Listen up, crafternooners. We've just had word of a joint called Cake 123: a...

The Courthouse Hotel

234m - The Courthouse does pub dining right. Step into its art deco dining hall and...

Bars & pubs near Oskar

Joe Taylor

24m - It’s all cafés, markets and dodgy takeaway shops when you think of North...

Town Hall Hotel: North Melbourne

86m - This is a rock and roll pub where the service is indifferent without being...

Scholars Wine Bar

104m - Sure, there are days when you will eat out and order something you could...

Other venues near Oskar

Aesop: North Melbourne

34m - Established in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop skin and hair care products have...

The Comic's Lounge

73m - With the main show room providing full table service during shows, free...

No No Gallery

100m - No No Gallery is a not-for-profit curator run exhibition space showcasing...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.