A bubbling hotpot of gastronomic indulgence, Melbourne’s buzzing food scene is one that never disappoints. From cult classics to luxurious fine dining, there is no better time than the summer to sample the new and revived eateries around the city. Whether you're looking for somewhere different to try for date night or casual catch-ups with the girls, the new kids on the block are giving the rest a run for their money.. Whatever you're in the mood for – be it lobster and champagne or a new spin on European classics – these slick new restaurants in Melbourne have you covered.
Best New Restaurants in Melbourne: April
You can’t go wrong with Tapas and tequila and lucky for us, Elwood’s newest eatery has both. The menu designed by Head chef Adrian Gonzalez offers worldly interpretations of Latin American cuisine with a cheeky little Australiana flare. On the menu, you’ll find unexpected additions like kangaroo tataki nestled between tacos and empanadas. Did someone say frozen margaritas? A round for the table should definitely be on the cards or choose from one of the many Don Julio Tequilas that can be enjoyed as you like (we didn’t say shots, you did).
201 Ormond Road, Elwood
After a year-long hiatus, popular Italian restaurant Massi in Melbourne’s CBD is set to re-open its doors this April. Loved for its modern take on Sicilian cuisine, Chef Jason Lear (formerly of Pilu @ Freshwater and Di Stasio) will be joining the kitchen alongside owner/chef Joe Vargetto. The dynamic duo has created a brand new Autumn menu for the launch featuring fried zucchini flowers, slow-cooked beef short rib and of course, homemade pasta.
Re-opening 12 April 2021
445 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Best New Restaurants in Melbourne: March
Transforming the front of the iconic Collins Quarter building, Melbourne's newest Sri Lankan and Southern Indian Restaurant is far from your standard South Asian eatery. Moody, aromatic, and with a menu inspired by its region's coast and villages, INDU is a multi-sensory feast for foodies. Standout dishes include Amma’s daal and Thilaka’s potato curry as well as smoked Yarra Valley goat’s leg dosa and the signature ‘Great Lamb Raan’. Gin is the hero on the drinks list, with an impressive curation of signature G&Ts that just so happen to pair perfectly with the food.
86a Collins Street, Melbourne
We'll give you one guess on what Frankie (ex 400 Gradi) is in the business of. The by-product of a two-year burger tour of North America, Meat Frankie is once again upping the steaks of Melbourne's championed burger scene. Flippin' custom blend beef patties that you can stack as high as you like between Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls, this 40-seater retro burger bar has a no-fuss approach to Australia's favourite comfort food. Be sure to customise your burger with your choice of lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, jalapenos, and grilled mushrooms that come at no extra cost.
93-97 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Best New Restaurants in Melbourne: February
Middle Eastern in flavour and stylish in design, Melbourne's Elma is set to become the newest dining hotspot. Perfect for a catch up with your lady loves or a romantic date night, you'll find it hard to order with such delicious share dishes like their Turkish style lamb dumplings, warm eggplant salad, and charred flathead in vine leaves.
320 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne
Launching this month, James Said Bistro is set to pair beautiful food with their already beautiful furniture. Open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week, and dinner Thursday through to Saturday, be sure to book in a seat so you can indulge in exquisite cuisine and retail therapy at the same time.
926 High Street, Armadale
Best New Restaurants in Melbourne: January
To all the guac loving, tequila shotting and margarita drinking legends out there – this one is for you. Melbourne’s newest Mexican restaurant Mejico is serving up tableside guac, late-night margs and over 260 varieties of tequila and mezcal. The two-storey restaurant includes a downstairs dining space in an edgy courtyard and glasshouse setting. Upstairs, the tequila bar and margarita lounge are perfect spots to nestle in for late-night drinks.
90 Collins St, Melbourne
The perfect combination of flavours wrapped up into a convenient parcel of deliciousness, souvlaki has solidified its place and in our hearts (and stomachs) as the ultimate late-night indulgence. But let's be honest, souvlaki is the perfect snack no matter what time of day. The crew from Hella Good have launched their brand new flagship store and we're hella happy about it. No longer do you have to wait for the sun to go down to get your fix as all your greek favourites like giros, snack packs and spanakopita are on the menu.
Level 3 Food Court, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
There is no doubt about it - lasagne is the ultimate comfort food. With ragu, perfectly al dente pasta and gooey bechamel, the beauty is in its simplicity. As cheesy as it sounds (pun intended), the secret to good lasagne is the love that goes into making it and no one knows this better than owner Joey Kellock. What started out as a humble Instagram pasta delivery service is now a fully-fledged eatery on Thornbury's High Street. The menu is naturally centred around their signature pasta plates, with a couple of new additions like salumi and garlic bread. Better wear your stretchy pants for this one...
653 High St, Thornbury
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