The Hottest Restaurant Openings in October

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Akash Arora serves up Australia’s hottest new restaurants.

Bird’s Nest Yakitori & Bar

The food: Bolstered by the success of their yakitori eatery in Brisbane’s West End, Marie Yokoyama and Emi Kamada have opened an outpost in Fortitude Valley. It’s a storm of Asian flavours with dishes such as miso-glazed Patagonian toothfish. 

The drinks: A good selection of beers, sakés and Japanese spirits to complement the cuisine.

The atmosphere: An intimate izakaya-style dining area with dim lighting, bar seating and small tables.

The location: Right in the heart of the valley.

702 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie 

The food: Whether you’re after breakfast (try the free-range pork rolls), lunch (truffle-butter roast chicken, anyone?) or a post-work platter of charcuterie, chef Scott Pickett’s new deli and rotisserie hits the spot. They do takeaway, too.

The drinks: Short, sharp list of 20 whites and 20 reds from Australia and beyond, plus cocktails, boutique beers and ciders.

The atmosphere: A cosy set-up with dark-timber interiors, seating 36 people on communal tables.

The location: Corner of Elizabeth and Therry streets, in Melbourne’s bustling Queen Victoria Market. 

507 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Banksii 

The food: The Bar H duo–chef Hamish Ingham and his wife, sommelier Rebecca Lines – are behind Banksii, Australia’s first vermouth bar and bistro. Enjoy sheep’s-milk yoghurt with honeycomb and brioche for breakfast and roast spatchcock for lunch or dinner.

The drinks: More than 40 vermouths, served straight or in cocktails, plus a selection of 100 wines from Australia and the Mediterranean. 

The atmosphere: Relaxed on weekdays, boisterous on weekends, with indoor and outdoor seating.

The location: Close to where Noma had its pop-up at Barangaroo. 

11, 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo 

Pontoon 

The food: A four-metre-long grill is at the centre of this unpretentious eatery with a firm focus on handheld food and share plates, such as local fish served straight from the flames.

The drinks: A tight wine list with an extensive selection of beers (there are 18 on tap), plus a range of cocktails such as Vitamen Sea and Frosé (frozen rosé).

The atmosphere: With shared tables and a capacity of 350, the venue has a laid-back, communal feel.

The location: Ground floor of the rebuilt Stokehouse building in St Kilda.

30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda

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