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Food: After opening three stellar venues in NSW, the TBD team brings its food and philosophy to the spanking-new W Brisbane. Equipped with a woodfired oven and rotisserie, the kitchen serves favourites such as spanner crab scramble with green mango.
Drinks: Craft beers, crisp wines and inventive cocktails feature on the drinks list.
Space: Earthy tones, stone and timber contribute to the dining room’s relaxed vibe.
Location: The third floor of soon-to-open W Brisbane hotel in the CBD.
81 North Quay, Brisbane
Food: Ester owner-chef Mat Lindsay is opening a new haunt in Surry Hills but it’s nothing like his Chippendale restaurant. For starters, it’s a wine bar with handheld food, most of it cooked over charcoal. “Everything is designed to go with the drinks,” he says.
Drinks: About 100 wines appear on the always-changing menu – all organic and natural from small-batch producers and many specifically made for Poly.
Space: Exposed beams and a concrete bar pay homage to Poly’s site, the heritage-listed Paramount House.
Location: Across the road from Chin Chin and right next to Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills.
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Food: Mexican chef Pamela Valdes Pardo is at the helm of Neil Perry’s new restaurant, offering lunch, pre-theatre, dinner and late-night dining. Tacos, tamales, tostadas and everything in between are on the menu as well as pastries handmade on site.
Drinks: Patrón is the official (and only) tequila on the menu, along with a selection of cocktails and Spanish, Chilean and Portuguese wines.
Space: Marble, timber and leather in warm tones mingle against the backdrop of a simple yet sophisticated white palette.
Location: Two minutes’ walk from Customs House at Sydney’s Circular Quay.
2 Phillip Street, Sydney
Food: Guy Grossi will give Western Australian ingredients a Roman twist at this osteria in soon-to-open hotel The Westin Perth. Expect Fremantle octopus topped with olives, tomato and capers and White Rocks veal with sage, prosciutto and semolina.
Drinks: Wines from the Italian region Lazio will be the star attraction but there will be many local drops to savour, too.
Space: A soaring pitched roof, peeling plaster, exposed beams and oversize bulbs give the dining room an air of elegance.
Location: The east end of Perth’s CBD.
480 Hay Street, Perth
Top image: Bar Patrón by Rockpool