Bourke Street The team behind Pinchy’s Champagne & Lobster bar has opened a new venue on Bourke Street. Pearl Chablis & Oyster bar is an intimate speakeasy that showcases French wine from the Chablis reason, along with a seasonal variety of Australian oysters.
Flinders Lane Replacing wine bar Mrs Singh on Flinders Lane will be Bar Bombay, a new venue by the same creative mind; Jesse Singh. After closing the door to Mrs Singh only five weeks ago, the changes to mask rules, density restrictions and the return of office workers in the CBD, encouraged Singh to give it another shot.
Inspired by a newfound love of sailing, combined with a distaste for the exclusivity of sailing clubs in colonial India (and everywhere, really), Bar Bombay will be all the best bits about boat life, without discrimination.
Think lobster, with chilli sambal, layered dum biryani with crab and thrice-cooked squid, among aquatic-themed interiors and a cocktails fit for an afternoon on the yacht, plus a glorious wine list of imported drops. Book here.
Flinders Street Manpreet Sekhon, owner and Executive Chef of Eastern Spice (Geelong) and Masti (Fitzroy), has quietly opened a contemporary Indian restaurant named Elchi, occupying the former house of Press Club on Flinders Street. Breathing new life into the space, she is delivering modern and colourful Indian cuisine in a relaxed, yet sophisticated setting.
Manpreet continues to push the boundaries of Indian cuisine in Australia. Over time, she has evolved family recipes, whilst perfecting her own technique which she is proudly showcasing at Elchi, in the form of a rotating seasonal menu. Showcasing several regions of India and her proud heritage, the inventive menu will cater to different palates and dietary preferences. Elchi is now open for lunch and dinner service, Wednesday – Sunday and is now taking bookings. Whilst bookings are encouraged, walk-ins are also welcome. Book here.
Brunswick Coming back with a vengeance, a totally new look, menu and group behind it, the notorious Hotel Railway is getting a new life. It’s revived form: a two-storey venue, with five different dining spaces, minimal European interiors and a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Oh, and did we mention live music until the wee hours? This is a true transformation of what was once a morgue, then a hostel, then a notorious drug-busted site and beloved pub, which is set to become one of Brunswick’s most popular watering holes once more. Book here.
101 Collins Street Grill Americano, a 145 seat restaurant and bar opened by flourishing restaurateur Chris Lucas, is located inside 101 Collins Street, with entry through Flinders Lane. Inspired by elegant Venetian architecture, the interiors are nothing short of luxurious. Dishes from the wood grill and bespoke wood oven imported from Naples form the heart of the menu with Italian classics like Bistecca a la Florentina and handmade pasta. Grill Americano is open now, and you can book here.
Balaclava The new project by Commune Group (Firebird, New Quarter, Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina) launching in May and it’s called Moonhouse. Set to be a new restaurant located on the prominent corner of Carlisle Street and Nelson Street in Balaclava; the arrival will bring Chinese cuisine in a bistro setting. The kitchen team includes Executive Chef Anthony Choi, Group Pastry Chef Enza Soto and Head Chef Shirley Sunnakwan. Together the team is hoping to express the intersection of flavours in contemporary ways. More info to come.
Aberfeldie When Lau’s Family Kitchen decided to shut down due to covid last year, long-time lovers of the hospitality legends were absolutely shattered. But now, in a fabulous plot twist that is bringing us back all of our favourite elements of Lau’s, the core team of the former restaurant’s crew have opened up a new venue: Benyue. With the Lau family’s blessings, former staff of Lau’s Family Kitchen have brought back some of their most beloved dishes, including the klamb spring rolls and next-level crab omelettes, as well as some classics and new faves, impeccable service, food and atmosphere to a new space on Buckley Street, in Melbourne’s west.
According to a food reviews so far, Benyue is delivering the goods as divine as we remember them—and perhaps a little sweeter, for coming back. Book here.
Kew Cotham Dining is a bright new restaurant that has popped up in the old Hellenic Republic site, which has been vacant for two years until now. The owners, chefs Ayhan Erkoc and Federico Perez Lopez (both former Feast of Merit and Panama Dining Room) are bringing local-meets-global cooking to the east, with their Turkish and Colombian roots shining through on a seasonal produce-focused menu. Having worked together for five years previously, the two have a great relationship with high levels of experience and creativity to bring.
Although producing some very very good food, the dining experience is set to be quite casual—family dining table style—as is their food offering. Think marinated tomatoes with stracciatella, porchetta with roasted grapes and kale, while caramelised pineapple from the rotisserie goes with rum cake and Sichuan pepper ice-cream for sweets. They’re also looking to do some wood-fired pizza soon. Book here.
Collingwood The team behind renowned Melbourne culinary destinations Terror Twilight and Tinker have opened their third hospitality venture — Hi Fi. Dubbed a “neighbourhood deli with a difference”, their focus is on high-quality chef-designed sandwiches, expertly roasted coffee and mouth-watering shakes, set in a space that celebrates good food and all things music and vinyl.
Open seven days a week and just a short stroll from Terror Twilight, Hi Fi, while smaller in scale, comprises the signature aesthetic, service and soul that has ensured the founders’ existing hospitality ventures remarkable success. They also make bloody good sangas. You can keep up with them on the ‘gram here.
Bourke Street, CBD Head for the skies and land on Melbourne’s newest rooftop bar, The Stolen Gem, perched eight storeys high in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Previously operating as an exclusive, private event space the venue will be opening to the public as of late-Feb 2022. Think 260 degree city views, canape-style share plates, sashimi, local Australian spirits and an impressive wine list. Book a table here from Feb.
Southbank In a pontoon like we’ve never seen on the Yarra before, two-level pontoon venue, Yarra Botanicals is popping onto the scene in March and we’re so ready to drink cocktails with a premium river view.
All about supporting and celebrating Victorian producers, the drinks will be made with 100% Victoria produce. With stunning views of Melbourne’s cityscape and a design that has been created for year-round weather conditions in mind, it will genuinely be the perfect landmark destination for guests to sip, snack and relax on the river, regardless of the hormonal Melbourne weather. More info here.
Collingwood Rosella Dining Room and Bar is an elevated Italian eatery has just popped-up in the old site of the beloved Gertrude Street Enoteca, another venue that struggled to make it through the pandemic. Rosella opened it’s doors on December 10, with a focus on south-eastern Italian cuisine, like fava beans and chicory, sardines with friselle and baked rice with mussels and potato.
The venue is the most recent passion project of the couple behind Project 49 — a Beechworth cafe, deli and vineyard — and is set to be Gertrude Street’s new haven of .casual but refined European dining. They’ve transformed the venue to seat 100 (rather than it’s 40 previously) by using it upstairs level as well. Rosella Dining Room and Bar is open now. Book here.
Flinders Lane, CBD Loaded with a delish line-up of snacky Asian bites and three different margaritas, Q Rooftop is bringing the tropical getaway to us. Part of the new city hotel The Quincy, a Singapore hotel that has landed in Melbourne’s CBD, it’s rooftop is located on the 28th; providing some impressive views. For food think smoked eel betel leef, sticky chilli and garlic coated chicken ribs, cauliflower and shiso fritters and for drinks, think yuzu, lemongrass and tropical, zest and refreshing combinations. Book a table here.
Hospitality entrepreneurs NickandDaniel Russian officially launch their new venue, Bar Bambi on Melbourne’s iconic AC/DC Lane next Thursday, 11 November. Bar Bambi merges food, drinks and entertainment, whilst paying tribute to their Nonno’s original Bar Bambi that stood in their hometown of Trieste, Italy 80 years ago.
Guests will be treated to a menu of classic Italian gems along with some fun additions (including a carbonara toastie) created by Head Chef Salvatore Giorgio. There’s also an extensive negroni & spritz list, handpicked by internationally acclaimed mixologist Matteo Ambler. All round, it sounds pretty irresistible. You can book a spot here.
Thornbury Gigi has popped up on top of Umberto Espresso Bar on High Street, just in time for summer (it’s not over yet kids). Popping off with orange and green — a classic and beloved ’70s combination but also the colours of an aperol spritz, duh — Gigi’s will be serving ice-cold spritzes and some yummy snacks such as sardine skewers, cheesy soldiers with ‘nduja… plus late-afternoon DJ sets — a summer staple. Walk-ins only.
Fairfield Pasta is poetry and so yes, we already love this place. You may have tasted some of Pasta Poetry’s homemade pasta througout lockdown, as they were selling their creations for at-home cooking, but now, you can enjoy their masterpieces in the sunny courtyard tucked beside St Paul’s Church. Add on snacks, drinks and a game of bocce, and you’ve got yourself the perfect Italian summer arvo. Perhaps a nap in the sun, too? The menu changes week to week but has been known to include crostini, bagna cauda with seasonal vegetables, spaghetti tossed through capers, anchovies and chilli, or rigatoni with ragu bolognese. When it comes to pasta, these guys really know what’s up. Find out all the information here.
Richmond Richmond’s beloved Italian restaurant Ganzo, is re-launching with a revamped venue and menu offering. Owned and operated by renowned chef Ian Curley (French Saloon, Kirk’s) and restaurateur Valerio Calabro (La Svolta, Figo) the pair combined their love of the Mediterranean in early 2020 to create an authentic Italian restaurant on Richmond’s popular dining strip, Bridge Road.
Converting the garage out the back into an additional dining space with funky, graffiti-style wall art, regulars will also notice a few new additions to the menu including their new house-made tagliatelle served with slow-cooked duck ragu and mixed mushrooms, finished with dried porcini dust. Book here.
Carlton The iconic team behind Melbourne institution Di Stasio, have quietly opened their third venue, Di Stasio Pizzeria, just off Faraday Street in Carlton. In the pizza capital of Melbourne, Di Stasio Pizzeria still manages to stand-out, with a more casual setting than it’s other two venues but still super refined; with white-jacketed waiters, fior di latte made in-house and an epic wine list. They’re open Wed-Thu 5:30pm-late and Fri-Sun noon-late. Book here.
CBD Located inside Melbourne’s new Movenpick Hotel is Miss Mi, bring the flavours of south-east Asia to the Melbourne CBD. Malaysian chef Esca Khoo (ex Lume, Dinner by Heston and Restaurant Andre in Singapore) is behind the delicious masterpieces, drawing on cuisines from an impressive 11 countries, including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and other parts of south-east Asia. Open now, Wed-Sat 6pm-9.30pm. Book here.
Collins Place, Collins Street, CBD From the team behind Earl Canteen, is Dame, a glamorous all-day wine bar and diner with billowing drapes, caesar salads and free-flowing prosecco. Decked out in all brass and marble and serving everything from coffee to cocktails & all the snacks in between, Dame will truly make you feel as though you’re in the Paris-end of the CBD. No bookings necessary.
La Trobe St, CBD Translating to ‘Together we say [EAT]!’, an invitation to relax, unwind and enjoy good Indonesian hospitality, Kata Kita is kicking things up a notch and bringing a new layer of fresh, flavourful Indonesian dining to the CBD, with a delicious menu of cocktails to match. Be prepared for flavour bombs of zesty citrus, tongue spiking chilli, homemade aromatic sambal underscored with lemongrass, shrimp and sweet palm sugar. Offering a range of small and big plates, Kata Kita is showcasing the very best of Indonesian regional specialties including Balinese favourites BabiGuling – 5-hour slow roasted pork coated in Balinese spices, served with a mix of crisp vegetables, coconuts and fried shallot sambal. Book here.
Fitzroy North Cinder is a new restaurant within Fitzroy North’s iconic pub; The terminus Hotel. Just opened, the name nods to its mighty wood-fired Josper Grill, which Head Chef Jake Furst celebrates in his modern Australian menu. Cinder has also partnered with Mountain Goat Brewery to offer an exclusive signature aged negroni, which we will definitely be trying asap. Cinder is open 5 nights a week, Tues-Thu from 5:30 and Fri-Sat from 11:30am. Bookings can be made here.
Little Bourke Street, CBD Red Emperor has opened up a second restaurant in the former Shark Finn House building. Sadly, Shark Finn House — a Melbourne staple — closed down due to the financial pressure of COVID-19. This new location serves at Red Emperor’s only open venue currently. It sits over 300 people across two levels and a mezzanine, with the same menu of rolling yum cha trolleys stack with house made dim sum. Open for yum cha Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 11am-1.15pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm; and dinner daily 5.30pm-10pm, they’re serving up live seafood and all our favourite Cantonese classics including tea-smoked duck and roasted squab. Make a booking here.
Armadale Sydney’s couture butchery has moved into Armadale, marble, charcuterie, champagne and all. It’s everything we expected and more, with it’s bronze sausage door handles to it’s strangely charming butcher terrarium, where you can watch the slicing go down like it’s performance art. But it’s pièce de résistance is bar far their dedicated wine bar, with 12 seats that invite you to devour a steak or whole lobster (plucked from the display tank) grilled by professionals, while your foie gras or truffle salumi is being wrapped up for you to take home and wow your guests. Soon to be open for dinner service, this place is set to be a new favourite for those that appreciate good meats, seafood and top shelf wines. Book here.
Lonsdale Street The team behind Arbory revealed to Good Food that their new multi-level venue on Lonsdale street in melbourne’s CBD will be called Her, and is set to open in December after being in the works for six years. The venue has an epic capacity of 550 patrons, and is set to encompass four different venues that will house music, artwork and hospitality. With service running from the morning until the late hours of the night, we can sense a new favourite hang-out spot with the lot incoming! According to the exclusive information obtained by Good Food, the ground floor will be a Parisian-style ground-floor brasserie Her Bar led by chef Josh Rudd (ex-Asado) and two floors up, will be a theatrical Thai eatery, complete with gold adornings and chef Sungeun Mo (ex-Red Spice Road) taking charge. Oh, and there’s a rooftop. Obviously. Book and find out more here.
Daylesford If you’re looking for a fab selection of French, Italian and Victorian wines in a cute wine bar setting in Daylesford, look no further. Bar Merenda just opened up a week ago, offering up small plates—with all vegetable produce homegrown in an idyllic farm-to-table setting—and meats, cheeses and other products coming from local producers. Bar Merenda has got that gorgeous relaxed vibe that you only really get as you head out of the city, with relaxed nibbling and drinking and delicious produce at the forefront. Bar Merenda is open Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 12.30pm-11pm, Sun 12.30pm-6pm and does not require booking ahead.
Geelong Meet Me At Mary’s is a warehouse-transformed into a wine bar and restaurant, brought to us by Richard and Donna Flanders (The Arborist and Beav’s Bar)… and it’s just what Geelong needed. Offering up contemporary share plates with Korean and Mediterranean influence, you can expect things like school prawns with Korean salt and lettuce cups filled with bottarga-dressed kingfish rillettes. They also have an incredible generous offering of “chef’s pick” for an insane $60 pp. You can book a spot at Meet Me At Mary’s here.
Carlton Another recent venue that opened quietly at the end of 2021 was Laurus, bringing modern takes on southern Chinese food in Carlton. Headed up by chef Roger Lu (ex-Sezar and The Atlantic), the 110-seat restaurant is the first time Lu has led a kitchen, served up the food of his heritage in this setting and named a restaurant. The name Laurus, comes from Laurus nobilis, the Latin name for Bay leaf which is an ingredient that Lu has woven throughout the menu. Food wise, think fried eggplant with red vinegar caramel, house-made XO sauce with octopus chow mein and crispy duck, with a five-spice mix and mountain hawthorn sauce. It’s all the deliciously succulent elements for Chinese food, with a slightly elevated modern twist. Laurus is open Wed-Sat noon-10pm, and you can book here.
Pétanque Social is coming back tonight (November 5), after it’s raging success last year. It’s better than ever. Giving off huge exclusive beach party in Europe vibes, it’s come back this year with sustainability at the forefront, hoping to transport guests from the Yarra to the Tuscan countryside.
Boasting expansive city views, buzzing DJ tunes and a premium menu featuring culinary delights from some of Crown Melbourne’s most popular restaurants, Pétanque Social will once again be the perfect place to celebrate the end of Melbourne’s lockdown-riddled winter and raise a glass to greater freedoms in the warmer months ahead. You can book a spot here.
Very well-known for his posh and delicious restaurants, chef and restauranteur Scott Pickett has opened a new French bistro on Smith Street, in Collingwood. Paying homage to the beautiful bars and bistros of Paris, he does not disappoint. This endeavour has more of a “for the locals” vibe, open seven nights a week, with a casual drop-in-for-a-glass feel. Serving both lunch and dinner, you can expect menu items such as Southern Rock Lobster thermidor and whole flounder with sauce gribiche, alongside simple plats du jour like quiche lorraine and steak baguettes, with crème caramel and champagne sorbet for dessert. There will also be live music and sexy waiters. Mangez bien! Book here.
Little Collins Street Maurice Terzini, who owns Bondi’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, is teaming up with chef Joseph Vargetto to open Cucina Povera Vino Vera in Melbourne’s CBD in November, according to Good Food. This is pretty exciting news, as it’s papa Terzini’s first Melbourne venture in eight years and this time, he will be joined by his son Slyvester Terzini, who will run the bev and service of the new Italian restaurant. Vargetto, who owns Mister Bianco in Kew, is collaborating on the food, which will honour the simple peasant-style food of Italy. Cucina Povera is set to be housed in Vargetto’s other restaurant, Massi, in Little Collins Street, as a rebrand of the restaurant.
North Melbourne Guys, is this our first Mauritian wine bar and restaurant? Nagesh Seethiah, a young chef with time at Bar Liberty, is making a smart move, by combining how he likes to eat, with the cuisine he knows and loves. Once a pop-up and now a restaurant, Manze has opened it’s doors up on Errol Street, in North Melbourne. Currently only catering for a set menu, Seethaih guarantees that you’ll get “a great taste of Mauritius with the best produce & wine we can get our hands on”. They source everything sustainably and ethically, right from their garnishes, to their seafood, to their wine. Book here.
Flinders Lane Nomad has officially opened Melbourne, with the preparation of this modern Middle Eastern Sydney favourite has been almost two years in the making. Set down in the former Ezard site — a basement space on Flinders Lane — the transformation is dramatic and pretty stunning. They’ve stripped it back to it’s minimal, concrete bones, with just enough light to give it an airiness, but not too much light for a sexy basement dining experience. The menu is built out with signature dishes from Executive chef Jacqui Challinor and even some of Head chef Brendan Katich’s own too. Think house-made ricotta, served baked, with a salty side of anchovies and roasted bullhorn peppers, or cold-smoked mussels, glistening with pepper-y oil and toum (garlic and lemon-heavy yoghurt) to be served on top of a potato roesti. Yummo. Book a spot now, via their website here.
Fitzroy Melbourne’s favourite gelateria Pidapipo, is planning to open up and ambitious new addition to it’s stores: a Laboratorio (laboratory) sometime this year, in 2022. The Pidapipo Laboratorio will involve rooftop beehives for honey and honeycomb, gardens to grow fresh ingredients and of course, a space to make chocolate.
Elsternwick Mammoth Cafe owners Nick and Zac Bereens are opening up Copycat, designed for “date nights” with Classic Cinemas right next door. Food will be created by Kevin Middleton (Donovans) and drinks by Harry Whitelegg (Vue de Monde), so when we say date-night, we mean with style and beautiful constructed drinks and food.
With an alluring and intimate dining and bar space, a European-leaning menu (perfect for sharing) and an extensive drinks menu, Copycat is set to become the perfect spot for date nights and late nights in Elsternwick. They’re opening their doors tonight (November 5) and bookings are now open here.
Richmond Headed up by Timothy Martin (The European, Taxi Dining Room) is a new restaurant, coming to Swan Street before the end of the year. With a name like Untitled, we already know it’s going to be fancy. Designed by Flack Studio, the two-level venue from the team behind The Ugly Duckling boasts three dining spaces and an offering of modern European food.
Collingwood We know that you know this incredible vegan restaurant and takeaway outfit by icon Shannon Martinez, but did you know that it’s getting a makeover and moving locations? The two venues are set to shift to a 500-square-metre space in Collingwood’s back streets this November. This will see the two businesses combine, in a venue that will house a deli, oferring din-in and ready-to-heat take-home meals, a fresh-food grocer and a glass fronted kitchen designed to squash any myths about processed vegan food. We already know how tasty the food at Smith & Daughters is, so much so, that us non-vegans are 10/10 regulars… so we’re super excited to see this elevated version of an already fab venue.
Since 2020, we all have a new appreciation for the magic of home delivery. Not only do you not have to miss out on your favourite local products, but it also allows you to support small businesses, which has never been so important in a post-covid economy.
Also, if you’re like us and sometimes forget important occasions due to the business of daily life, same-day delivery can be a real life-saver.
Here are our favourite places that offer fun deliveries in Melbourne.
Goldeluck’s delivers boxes of doughnuts, with everything from a Nutella doughnut bouquet, to vegan Valentine’s doughnuts, to giant Nutella and rocher cronuts for literally any occasion. Whether it’s for a birthday, a lover, or just a little note to say thank you, no one has the power to resist doughnuts, especially when they’re boxed and wrapped beautifully. You can browse endless options on their website. Goldeluck’s can do same-day delivery in Melbourne for these products.
Fancy having brownies, cakes, biscuits, and more sweet treats delivered to your door same day? Ox Rabbit has a range of baked goods ready to delivery to mum this Mother’s Day if you’re planning on getting her sorted last-minute. Place your order by Friday 6 May for delivery by Mother’s Day.
Plants are the gift that keep on giving. Born on the inspiration that plants continue to grow past any actual occasion, The Indoor Plant Co delivers a plant of your choice in a beautiful ceramic pot. With sustainability at their core, they even use Australian-designed and sustainably sourced wrapped paper. They also offer add-ons, such as chocolates and body scrubs, making this gift go the extra mile. The Indoor Plant Co provides same-day delivery from Monday to Friday. Check out the range here.
Co-Lab Pantry provides all things yummy from all Victorian producers. With everything from the Everleigh bottled cocktails and fresh cuts from Meatsmith, founders Danielle Lebon, Natasha Buttigieg and Avin Chadee bring you all your favourite food things from the people that do it best in Victoria. Venues and brands include the likes of Chotto Motto, Drumplings, Fancy Hank’s, Gingerboy, Meatsmith, Messina, Piccolina, Four Pillars and the Everleigh. This is the perfect place to construct a lush gourmet hamper for those special friends that appreciate local, handmade goodies. Co-Lab Pantry offers next-day delivery for orders placed before 2pm. Order via their website here.
Nothing says “you’re loved” more than a good box of chocolate. Melbourne Cocoa’s gift bundles are a great way to show someone you care with a beautiful selection of Australian-made choccies. They’ve got everything from caramel to honeycomb, from block to truffles, from chocolates for lovers to chocolates for empowered singles. It’s an all-stop-choccie-shop. Packs start at $45 and you can pick one up here.
A gift in the form of charcuterie and cheese is our favourite kind of gift, tbh. There’s nothing a good meat and cheese board can’t fix, whether it be the lockdown blues or a bad day at work, everything is better over a cheeseboard. That’s Amore has a selection of moreish hampers with true Italian portions and we reckon, the bigger the better. You can choose one of theirs or build-your-own with their selection of award-winning cheese, wine, gin, meats, biscuits, pastes and… you guessed it, more cheese. Shop the gift boxes here.
Want to send a bouquet but tired of ya classic native floral arrangement? Edible Blooms is the perfect way to up your bouquet game. They can make you a bouquet out of just about anything; doughnuts, chocolates, fruit, cheese and booze, they cater to every and all dietary needs and even offer “healthy treats” for those on a diet. They also offer same-day delivery, which is perfect if someone is in immediate need of chocolate or if you remembered an important occasion last minute. Order on their website here.