The Hottest New Restaurants Opening in Australia This January


Akash Arora serves 
up Australia’s hottest 
new restaurants.

Margaret River, WA: Yarri

Food: After spending 21 years at Vasse Felix, chef Aaron Carr 
has created a new restaurant 
in conjunction with the winemakers at Snake and Herring. Inspired by the six seasons of the local Noongar people, the menu features sustainably sourced ingredients. 

Drinks: All 20 Snake and Herring 
wines appear alongside 
a tight, ever-changing list 
of other regional and international drops.

Atmosphere: Dine in the courtyard under the trees or nab a table in the dining room with limestone, timber, terracotta and leather finishes. 

Location: The coastal town of Dunsborough, the gateway 
to the Margaret River region.

7/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough   

Best  New Restaurants in Australia January 2018

Melbourne, Vic: Iki-Jime

Food: Fresh, simple seafood is the order of the day at Shannon Bennett’s new restaurant, which replaces Bistro Vue. 
Tuck into abalone-stuffed calamari and liberally buttered tiger prawns or order whole barramundi grilled to perfection in paperbark.

Drinks: An exhaustive menu of 
local and international wines, from French rieslings 
and chardonnays to an Adelaide Hills sparkling.

Atmosphere: Deep-blue walls and exposed wooden beams create a relaxed yet chic beachside vibe.

Location: In the heart of 
Melbourne’s CBD. 

430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Best  New Restaurants in Australia January 2018

Brisbane, Qld: Salt Meats Cheese

Food: Restaurateurs Edoardo Perlo and Stefano De Blasi are bringing their Salt Meats Cheese franchise to Brisbane with dishes that are the mainstay of Italian cuisine. Start with gnocco fritto with rocket, prosciutto and stracchino, followed by pizza capricciosa.

Drinks: The cocktails are key. 
Sip a Bellini with handmade white-peach sorbet and prosecco or Campari served with an orange iceblock.

Atmosphere: Bright, fresh and summery, 
with light timber chairs, polished concrete, pendant lights and a marble-tiled bar.

Location: A short drive from the CBD, past Fortitude Valley.

3b/63 Skyring Terrace, Newstead 

Best  New Restaurants in Australia January 2018

Sydney, NSW: Hartsyard

Food: Following a new fit-out and menu, this hatted Newtown restaurant reopens this month. Owner-chef Gregory Llewellyn’s contemporary food revolves around seasonal vegetables and seafood. Warm scallop crudo with mustard, anyone?

Drinks: A small edit (about 30) 
of mainly Australian 
small-batch wines, many available by the glass.

Atmosphere: The light palette is the perfect canvas for the striking artworks that decorate the venue, which also has a long marble bar.

Location: A three-minute walk from 
the Enmore Theatre.

33 Enmore Road, Newtown  

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Top image: Ike-Jime

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