The Hottest Restaurant Openings in February


We serve up Australia’s hottest new restaurants.


The food: Tim Martin (ex The European) does Euro-style share plates – such as hand-cut salumiWe serve up and beef with bone marrow, watercress and shallots – at this new bar/coffee house/eatery concept. 

The drinks: A concise menu of craft beers, fermented beverages and wines from small-batch producers.

The atmosphere: Relaxed and intimate, with charcoal-hued interiors and original artworks.

The location: Just off Toorak Road in the heart of South Yarra.

2 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Olio Kensington Street

The food: Sicilian-born chef Lino Sauro is at the helm of this new Italian restaurant, where the menu largely revolves around two things: fresh seafood and olive oil sourced from Sauro’s family farm in Sicily.

The drinks: Seventy local and international wines (with a strong Sicilian focus), many of which are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. 

The atmosphere: Hints of blue and green add a Mediterranean feel to this historic space with exposed bricks.

The location: The restored Old Rum Store on Chippendale’s burgeoning Kensington Street. Level

2, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale;

New Restaurant Openings in February 2017

Bang Bang at the Rifle Club 

The food: Former Longrain chef Matthew Dunbar’s South-East Asian food, with a French accent, is at the core of this all-day venue housed in an old rifle club. Dishes range from delicious fried chicken to crisp crickets (for the daring).

The drinks: Seven Seeds coffee, a selection of 40 Australian and European wines, plus a few refreshing, aromatic cocktails.

The atmosphere: Inside-outside bar and bistro with a relaxed vibe.

The location: The former Caulfield City Rifle Club, right next to Elsternwick Station.

294 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick;


The food: Light bar food and barbecue share plates – overseen by chef Justin Wise (previously at The Press Club and Eureka 89) – are the order of the day at this new rooftop diner. 

The drinks: A strong mix of about 75 wines and 20 cocktails.

The atmosphere: The restaurant features a bold palette inspired by Queensland’s tropical rainforests.

The location: The Durbach Block Jaggers-designed building at the north end of The Streets of Barangaroo.

400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo;

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