After months of our own cooking and boxed takeaways, we can’t wait to have our coffees in ceramic cups, our food served sizzling hot, and our cocktails shaken fresh by the pros. With restrictions easing from the start of June, now is the time to get out there and support your favourite restaurants, cafés and bars as they reopen for business – and enjoy a delicious meal without worrying about washing up.
Lygon Street’s recently-opened wine bar and eatery Old Palm Liquor is ready for service. We’ll be first in line to take a seat amongst the winter-ready timber walls, vintage bar stools and open fireplace. For now they’re doing lunches on weekends and two-course set menus for dinner Monday to Friday, assisted by their knockout wine list filled with gorgeous minimal intervention drops.
133B Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Carlton’s favourite coffee wonderland is open for dine in again, and to mark the occasion, they’re also debuting a revamped menu. Graze on spicy harissa scrambles, cool down with lemon myrtle panna cotta or simply have eggs your way. Sit and watch the roaster whirr into action as you sip your morning brew, or even take a coffee flight if you don’t mind leaving with a caffeine buzz.
8 Raffa Place, Carlton
Teta Mona is open for Lebanese soul food once more. We love this family family-owned neighbourhood restaurant for their seamless union of hip and homely décor, plus their delicious menu with plenty of vegan options. Expect lots of dips, breads and pickles, plus share bowls that star rich, spiced sauces and play with the textures of nuts, tahini and yoghurt.
100A Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Moon Dog World’s epic playground of drinking and eating s is back on deck. The indoor lagoon, waterfall, pinball machines and sun decks are being turned back on, but you’ll have to book your spot until restrictions ease completely. During the week you can order off the menu, but Friday to Sunday night they’re doing a set food and drinks package which includes a pub feed and bottomless beer, cider and wine for two hours. Surely this is the best time to try their entire selection of specialty brews?
32-46 Chifley Drive, Preston
Capitano is now open for both reservations and walk-ins, so don’t hesitate to swing by if you’re in the neighbourhood. Part Italian restaurant, part trendy wine bar, they’re loved for their amped up classics. Pizza bases are fermented, desserts are spiked with amaro and the parma comes as a huge, bone-in veal cutlet, big enough to share but so good you won't want to.
421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
With restrictions easing, we can't wait to dine at Horn Please. Expect flavour, colour and innovation throughout the 'inauthentic' Indian menu.
167 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
At this Collingwood wine bar, Victorian wines and raclette reign supreme. Secure your spot for a decadent meal at Smithward by booking online through their website.
48 Smith Street, Collingwood
The Italian eats at this local restaurant will have you dreaming of a holiday to Italy. Humble and soul-warming, you can't go past the carbonara. And while you're there, pair it with a spritz!
6/10 Tripovich Street, Brunswick