We serve up the best new restaurants to open this month.
The Grill at The Four
Food: There’s change again at Paddington institution Four in Hand. Guillaume Brahimi is handing over the chef’s apron to Daniel Menzies, who’s unleashing a menu of flame-grilled meat dishes such as Wagyu striploin and beef ribs with chimichurri.
Drinks: A strong focus on classic cocktails – Martini, Margarita, Negroni – and a good selection of local and international drops.
Atmosphere: The refurbished dining room with dark timber and a tanned-leather feature wall is seductive.
Location: On the corner of Elizabeth and Sutherland streets in leafy Paddington.￼
105 Sutherland Street, Paddington ￼
Food: European-inspired coastal fare – fresh oysters, prawns and clams – is at the heart of this new North Bondi eatery by Darren Robertson (co-owner and chef of Three Blue Ducks). But diners will also find hearty braises and ragùs on the menu.
Drinks: Chris Morrison (former sommelier at Guillaume) has curated a list of 100 New World and Old World wines.
Atmosphere: A relaxed vibe; lots of concrete and wood, plus blue-surfaced tables reminiscent of the ocean.
Location: A three-minute walk from the northern end of Bondi Beach.￼
5/39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi ￼
Food: Good timing. Restaurateur Joe Mammone has launched this Italian eatery offering chef Paolo Masciopinto’s satisfying meat and fish dishes and homemade pasta – perfect for cold winter nights.
Drinks: About 100 local and Italian drops, including a good selection of heavy-bodied Australian varietals.
Atmosphere: A blend of Neoclassic and contemporary interiors, with a small courtyard.
Location: Only a few minutes’ walk from South Yarra’s Fawkner Park.￼
44 Toorak Road, South Yarra￼
Food: Andrew McConnell is bringing a speedier, more brash version of his Supernormal restaurant on Flinders Lane to St Kilda. The pan-Asian menu of shorter, sharper, smaller bites is all new, except for the iconic lobster roll from the mother eatery.
Drinks: A good selection of sakés, cocktails, Japanese beers and wines by the glass.
Atmosphere: Casual seating with a busy vibe but there’s a private timber dining cube, too.
Location: On the site of the now-closed Luxembourg restaurant on Fitzroy Street.￼
2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda￼