We serve up Australia’s hottest new restaurants. By Akash Arora and Alex Greig.
Frenchies Bistro & Brewery
Food: Bone marrow and beef stew with housemade bread, almond-crusted snapper and Tuscan cabbage stuffed with confit duck leg are just some of the dishes that head chef Thomas Cauquil is plating at this new establishment.
Drinks: Craft beers brewed on site are the focus, with options ranging from a German kölsch style to a pilsner reminiscent of New Zealand’s finest.
Atmosphere: Handcrafted furniture and oak floors give the venue a warm, relaxed feel.
A 20-minute drive from Sydney’s CBD.
61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery; frenchiesbistroandbrewery.com.au
Food: Neil Perry brings one of Melbourne’s top Italian restaurants to the Harbour City. Richard Purdue is at the helm, creating a modern menu of handmade pastas, including agnolotti, and crudo of scampi with orange, mint and pistachios.
Drinks: A comprehensive selection of wines (up to 400 labels), with a strong focus on Italian imports and aperitivi featuring Campari, Aperol and amaro.
Atmosphere: Three levels of light-filled space, thanks to curved floor-to-ceiling windows, with metallic and timber finishes.
Location: A short walk from Circular Quay.
117 Harrington Street, Sydney; rosettarestaurant.com.au
Food: British-born chef and restaurateur Ian Curley’s new concept is a 24-hour butchery-bistro serving specialty dry-aged meat dishes in a functioning butcher’s shop. The menu is a meat fest of classics: steak frites, burgers and housemade charcuterie.
Drinks: Four sommelier-selected wines (two red, two white) by the half-bottle and a range of canned craft beers to match the meat-heavy menu.
Atmosphere: A high-end butchery, where you can watch the meat and smallgoods being prepared, combines with a relaxed eatery.
Location: At the top of Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
10 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Food: Annam (the former name of Vietnam’s central region) is the brainchild of chef Jerry Mai, who honours her Vietnamese roots with dishes such as chilli-salt Spencer Gulf prawns grilled over charcoal and Sher Wagyu tartare with Chiang Mai spices.
Drinks: About 40 wines, including varietals such as gamay and gewürztraminer, as well as classic cocktails with an Asian twist.
Atmosphere: Exposed walls, communal tables and neon signs create an unmistakable Asian street vibe.Across the road from
Location: Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne’s CBD.
56 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne