From Sydney’s Kensington Street Social to Melbourne’s Hanoi Hannah, here are four new eateries that’ll leave you begging for seconds.
Kensington Street Social
The food: English chef Jason Atherton – best known for his Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social restaurant in London – has arrived in Sydney, serving a relaxed all-day menu with British- Mediterranean share plates.
The drinks: Matt Fairhurst is behind cocktails like the Fruit Looped Cereal Killer, which has vodka, “Fruit Loop milk”, apricot and Aperol – served in a milk carton.
The atmosphere: Casual vibe with high ceilings, exposed concrete walls and full-length windows.
The location: The Old Clare Hotel, in the fast-changing suburb of Chippendale.￼
3 Kensington Street, Chippendale
The food: Regional seasonal produce will be the focus of Brisbane chef-restaurateur Paul McGivern’s modern Australian menu when his restaurant opens this month.
The drinks: There’s a focus on French pinot noir and chardonnay. Local wine, such as Clare Valley riesling and Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc, will also feature.
The atmosphere: Timber walls and a 120-year-old oak bar imported from Kent will give The Wolfe plenty of character.
The location: Just a short drive from The Gabba and the CBD.￼
989 Stanley Street, East Brisbane
The food: Melburnians can expect all their Hanoi Hannah favourites – from spicy yellowfin tuna to tender beef pho – when the popular Prahran eatery opens its second outpost, in Elwood, this month.
The drinks: There’ll be all the usual suspects, including fresh coconut juices and the Vietnamese bloody Mary with spring roll garnish.
The atmosphere: A mix of small and large timber tables and benches gives the 35-seater Asian eatery a relaxed feel.
The location: The leafy bayside neighbourhood of Elwood, about 20 minutes from the CBD.￼
24 Ormond Road, Elwood
The food: At this new eatery at Electra House entertainment venue, food takes its cues from cuisines around the world. Think scampi ceviche given an Asian twist when served with lime, avocado and chilli.
The drinks: Dominated by Australian labels, the list features both museum (2004 Yarra Valley pinot noir) and current vintages (Adelaide Hills chardonnay).
The atmosphere: Flamboyant, with pink and blue walls and timber-box frames that hang from the ceiling.
The location: King William Street, once a dull thoroughfare but now one of the most happening strips. ￼
131 King William Street, Adelaide