The 4 New Australian Restaurants to Hit This Summer


Akash Arora serves up Australia’s hottest new restaurants.

Perth, Western Australia

Henry Summer  

The food: Serial restaurateur Clint Nolan’s sixth Northbridge establishment is spread across a series of indoor-outdoor spaces. It features multiple “rooms”, five bars, a sensational drinks list and a fresh, light menu of seafood, meats and salads.

The drinks: There’s a choice of more than 30 wines, plus a good selection of craft beers and seasonally inspired cocktails featuring fresh fruit, aloe vera and kombucha.

The atmosphere: Leather booths, rattan chairs and vintage tropical prints create a relaxed vibe.

The location: A short walk from Perth’s CBD.

69 -71 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

Best New Restaurants in Australia December 2017

Red Hill, Victoria


The food: After a major refurb, this coveted Mornington Peninsula restaurant has reopened. There’s an Argentine-style grill and more than a hectare of gardens that supply much of the fresh produce for the dishes on the à la carte and five- or eight-course tasting menus.

The drinks: Montalto wines are the focus, with 21 current offerings and a selection of vintage drops, plus a few other local and Australian labels.

The atmosphere: The natural palette and vast windows set a sophisticated tone and let the serene surroundings do the talking.

The location: Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour’s drive south of Melbourne.

33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South  

Best New Restaurants in Australia December 2017

Sydney, New South Wales

Barangaroo House

The food: Matt Moran has roped in Cory Campbell (ex Vue de Monde and Noma) to man the kitchens at his striking new establishment with two bars and one fine-dining restaurant – all serving food with a distinctly Australian personality.

The drinks: There are fresh, playful wines at the ground-floor bar, more refined bins at the first-floor restaurant and a champagne-heavy list at the top-floor bar.

The atmosphere: Reminiscent of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the circular building has balconies draped in greenery.

The location: The southern end of Barangaroo, right next to Bungalow 8.

35 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

McLaren Vale, South Australia

The D’Arenberg Cube

The food: Chefs Brendan Wessels and Lindsay Durr are at the helm of d’Arenberg winery’s new restaurant housed in a building inspired by the Rubik’s cube. “Radically different” is how the husband-and-wife team are describing the seasonal dégustation menus.

The drinks: The wine list will be chock-full of d’Arenberg’s current and back vintages, as well as a good selection of international drops and champagnes.

The atmosphere: The look is whimsical, with oak-barrel tables and luridly coloured chairs.

The location: McLaren Vale, a 45-minute drive south of Adelaide. 

Osborn Road, McLaren Vale

Best New Restaurants in Australia December 2017

Top image: The D'Arenberg Cube 

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