The inner west scores itself a new vegan café in Lisica, a bright and buzzy spot that’s all about balance – for every virtuous blue spirulina smoothie or quinoa bowl, there’s decadent cookies and cream mud cake or crispy “chicken” burger. They’re experts in creating plant-based versions of café classics with dishes like Spanish baked tofu and pink pitaya pancakes, washed down with a healthy ...
Listen up, Maha fans – Shane Delia’s influential Middle Eastern fine diner has spun off a casual sister restaurant on Chapel Street. Here, a 120-strong wine list accompanies à la carte bites including fried buns filled with creamy taramasalata, chemen-cured kingfish and french fries tossed with za’atar and crumbled kefalograviera. The moody, dimly lit space invites you to settle in, an easy thing to achieve ...
Part pizza parlour, part cocktail lounge with a generous pub heart, Piccolo Grand is Richmond’s new spot for Italian favourites. Sixty hour-fermented pizza dough is stretched thin and fired until blistered and puffy-edged, with toppings including truffle mushroom and speck, or nduja and cherry tomatoes, while curious eaters should also head straight for the vincisgrassi lasagna layered with beef, chicken liver and lamb brain. Cosy ...
The founders of sake brand Toji have combined forces with an ex-chef from Hong Kong’s celebrated Yardbird to create a sleek Japanese restaurant on buzzy Swan Street. Focussing on izakaya-style snacks and yakitori skewers, expect bites like chicken wings dusted in yuzu spice, katsu sandos and duck gyoza dipped in sweet umeboshi sauce. They go hand in hand with an eclectic drinks list featuring local ...
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Restaurant South Melbourne
South Melbourne’s newest fine diner promises spectacular food without the fuss or fads, and with a two-hatted chef at the helm, you can probably take that promise to the bank. Brendan McQueen, who’s spent time on the pans at Jacques Reymond, Ezard and Matteos invoke the best of contemporary Australian cuisine in dishes like white miso-baked black cod with spanner crab fritters and yuzu carrots, ...