Stray Neighbour, Melbourne

Watch out Melbourne, there’s a new neighbour out North.

Stray Neighbour is the latest food venture to hit Preston and comes as one of the many upcoming new restaurants to grace the Northern suburbs in recent months. It’s a collaboration between three individuals (brothers Ben Stray and Daniel Stray, and Andrew Chew of Chew Burger) who share a passion in introducing a new style of dining to the area, one that has been designed specifically with the locals in mind.

Despite Melbourne’s rapid expansion in new eateries in the past few years, Preston has remained rather quiet amidst this growth however things are starting to change. With its expansive, warehouse-type eatery and Modern European menu, Stray Neighbour fits the gap in the market by offering not just excellent food with a little finesse, but a comfortable multi-purpose space (restaurant, bar and a side room with a pool table) that can be enjoyed by everyone. This is exactly what the area has been waiting for.

The food & media launch

dog taps

One of the centre points in the restaurant is a long bar that sits near the entrance featuring 12-beer taps (all serving craft beers), each uniquely modelled after real-life dogs and several belonging to one of the owners. It’s just one of many aspects that Stray Neighbour has paid attention to in curating such a welcoming space.

In terms of the food, I recently had the pleasure of tasting a selection of the items from the menu at the launch event and particularly enjoyed the Leek and Gruyere Croquettes – crispy and flavoursome, whilst the Chicken Thigh with Lemon Myrtle might be up there as one of the most succulent chicken skewers I have had. The desserts did not disappoint, particularly the Citrus trifle and mandarin granita


Leek and gruyere croquettes

tapas 1

Pork rilette

chicken skewers

Chicken thigh with lemon myrtle


Deep fried prawn skewers


Mini meringues with lemon curd


Doughnuts with praline and chocolate

Stray Neighbour

463 Plenty Road
Preston VIC 3072

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Table to Paper was invited to the Media Launch of Stray Neighbour by Curated Control. Opinions are our own.

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