Akash Arora serves up Australia's hottest new restaurants.
The food: How much culinary punch can you pack into a precinct? Joining Rockpool Bar & Grill and Nobu, Epicurean will open in December at the spanking-new Crown Towers hotel, serving international cuisine under the baton of executive chef Sean Marco.
The drinks: Hand-selected wines from the Margaret River region and an assortment of Champagnes.
The atmosphere: All glass and stone, this light-filled dining room is perched above the resort pool.
The location: On the banks of the Swan River, six kilometres from the CBD.
Crown Towers, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
The food: Melbourne chef Kobi Ruzicka’s part bistro, part bar is all about simple fine dining. “We won’t use more than three main ingredients in a dish,” he says, citing examples such as seared lamb with eucalyptus and the smoked whey caramel dessert.
The drinks: About 50 Australian and international wines, plus a succinct menu of bespoke cocktails using homemade liqueurs and syrups.
The atmosphere: Think high ceilings, white walls, communal and small tables and a fun vibe.
The location: Hobart CBD
121-123 Collins Street, Hobart
The food: After two years on Waterloo’s Danks Street, Derek Puah’s café is moving to Barangaroo. Expect signature dishes such as Breakfast with the Sakumas (miso-grilled king salmon), plus a new dinner menu of Asian-inspired tapas.
The drinks: A tight selection of Australian and international wines, craft beers and about half-a-dozen cocktails.
The atmosphere: Casual vibe with a mix of table and counter seating and vast floor-to-ceiling windows.
The location: Sydney’s new waterside Barangaroo precinct.
2/19 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
The food: Boutique hotel Mount Lofty House has removed a few of its guestrooms to make way for a new restaurant facing the Piccadilly Valley. Chef Wayne Brown (ex-Saké) is at the helm, with dishes such as charcoal ox tongue and suckling pig.
The drinks: The 250-strong wine list is loaded with South Australian drops but features other Australian and international wines, too, plus craft beers, ciders and whiskies.
The atmosphere: An intimate space comprising three rooms with windows overlooking the scenic hills.
The location: A 20-minute drive from the CBD, in the picturesque Adelaide Hills.
74 Mt Lofty Summit Road, Crafers
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