The Best New Restaurants Opening in June


Akash Arora serves up Australia’s hottest new restaurants.

Melbourne, VIC

Matilda 159 Domain

Food: John Dory on the bone, salt-and-pepper Blackmore Wagyu bavette and woodfired Macedon duck are just some of the dishes you can expect at Scott Pickett’s new restaurant on the ground floor of just-opened United Places Botanic Gardens.

Drinks: Beverage manager Clint Fox has concocted 10 signature cocktails and curated a list of about 100 wines, mostly from Australia.

Space: Timber floors and tables set the stage for artwork by Bill Henson, specifically commissioned for this site.

Location: In South Yarra, opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra

Sydney, NSW

Fratelli Fresh

Food: This is no ordinary Fratelli Fresh. Under Neil Perry’s culinary direction, Rockpool Dining Group’s new food emporium – with 550 seats, an alfresco beer garden and a number of bars and dining spaces – brings a slice of New York’s Eataly to Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Drinks: Liquid pleasures range from Mecca Coffee and Goose Island beers to a well-thought-out list of spritzers, Negronis and wines.

Space: There’s a laid-back vibe in this 30-metre-high space with a mix of communal and smaller tables.

Location: Ground floor of ICC Sydney in the heart of Darling Harbour.

ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney

Melbourne, VIC

Ciao Cielo 

Food: Port Melbourne’s popular Italian haunt is moving to a new location in the same neighbourhood. The menu will feature classics such as spanner crab spaghetti and debut dishes like whole rainbow trout with pancetta and Sardinian-style goat leg.

Drinks: Limoncello Martinis, inventive Negronis and a range of spritzers, plus a 200-strong wine list (20 by the glass) with a firm focus on Italian varietals.

Space: Fine dining in a heritage-listed building. For something more relaxed, go to sister venue Ciao Cucina’s beer garden next door.

Location: A two-minute walk from the restaurant’s original Bay Street location.

115 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Sydney, NSW

Manly Greenhouse

Food: Greg Anderson and Patricia Nunes (the duo behind Sails on Lavender Bay) are turning the former Shore Club Hotel into a three-storey venue with a casual street-level bar, a grill on the second floor and a rooftop bar.

Drinks: A wide selection of wines, cocktails and beers across the three levels.

Space: All the spaces are bright and airy, featuring a soft palette of neutrals teamed with abundant greenery.

Location: In the heart of Manly, facing the beach.

36-38 South Steyne, Manly

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