Restaurants

Now Open: All The New Restaurants, Bars And Cafes In Melbourne

By Claudia Goundar

Melbourn'e dining scene is ever-evolving. With new restaurant, cafe, bar, venue and diner openings every day it's hard to keep across them all. But the hard-working editors here at the Urban List are out there every day finding the best new restaurants and latest openings and bringing them to you.

From charming neighbourhood wine bars nestled on leafy street corners to heritage building takeovers to cool new spots in the CBD, or bakeries dabbling in all-day service, all the new openings for winter in 2024 are right here.

The Latest Scoop (July 2024): We're out there, rugged up for winter and wearing out the soles of our Adidas Campuses to find the hottest (well, you know what we mean) new restaurant, bar, bakery, cafe and anything else openings in Melbourne. One of the city's favourite roasteries has swung open the doors on its seventh venture and they're serving up breakfast espresso martinis (yes please!). Cranking up the heat in Fitzroy is a former software engineer's new barbeque venture while in the city the crew responsible for Fancy Hank's has just opened a nostalgic public bar. Windsor has a new dystopian themed-bar serving up snack plates and cocktails. Dialing up the local vibes in Abbotsford are Molli and Little Molli, just of Victoria Street and bringing a new style of dining to the area. Keeping it hip and slick in Collingwood, this three-storey restaurant in the old Dyason Cordial Factory.

Code Black Coffee

189 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 

Flinders Lane is now home to Code Black Coffee's Morning Bar. Yep, jag an espresso martini for breakfast (ish) at the roastery's new locaiton.Image: Code Black Coffee | Supplied

Melbourne and coffee are to be a match made in heaven and it’s about to get a whole lot saucier with Brunswick roastery/cafe Code Black Coffee moving into the CBD.
Their latest venture, aptly named Morning Bar (yep, they’re spinning up a coffee <space> bar, whut?!) in Flinders Lane. You know what that means, espresso martinis for breakfast, yes please! Offering an extensive cocktails list both with and without alcohol, for those city slickers who fall victim to Dry July each year. 

The menu has been meticulously crafted in collaboration with Miki Takamasa of Tokyo’s renowned Koffee Mameya Kakeru. Expect a classy twist added to some cult-classics like the Vegemite and Seedlip Espresso Martini and a Negroni with coffee infused Campari. 

Don’t fret if a cocktail isn’t your drop of choice, this spot has speciality single origin batch brew on tap all day long, alongside a dedicated pour-over bar—coffee connoisseur heaven! 
Sealing the deal with a brunch menu designed by Head Chef Kayne Mordini, drawing on Nordic inspiration and a refined execution of classics. 

Treat your tastebuds to soda bread topped with roast beef and cauliflower cream and baked eggs paired with truffled white beans and smoked ham hock. Designed by We Are Humble, the moody black timber blended with low lighting and finished-off with sultry leather upholstery, provides the perfect backdrop to showcase Code Black Coffee’s new baby. 

TBBQ 

339 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

A plate of barbeque at TBBQ in Fitzroy, the suburb's newest eatery.Image: TBBQ | Supplied

TBBQ, Brunswick Street’s latest hotspot is where obsession meets the grill. This isn't just barbeque; it's a culinary journey crafted by Tao Ding, a former software engineer turned pitmaster.
Think briskets smoked for over 10 hours until they’re melt-in-your-mouth tender, and pork ribs that are juicy with just the right amount of char. Each dish goes through rigorous trials, ensuring only the best hits your plate.

Expect classics like angus brisket, beef short ribs, and uniquely flavoured pork ribs, served with all your favorite sides—smoked eggplant, smashed potatoes, and house-made cornbread that’s sweet with a twist of jam and cream.

The drinks menu keeps things local and refreshing, featuring Burnley Brewing beers, classic American brews, and a variety of wines, cocktails, and mocktails for non-beer drinkers. Step inside and you'll find a space thoughtfully designed with a touch of DIY spirit. Tao's hands-on approach extends to the décor, with custom wooden tables and a striking steer mural adding to the venue’s rustic charm.

Springrock Public Bar

87 Bourke St, Melbourne CBD

The interior staircase of Springrock Public Bar in Melbourne's CBD, the third venue by the team that brought us Fancy Hank's.
Image: Springrock Public Bar | Chip Mooney

Casual, elegant and nostalgic. You might think there aren’t many pubs in the CBD that tick those boxes–until now. Springrock Public Bar is a cracking amalgam of modern Melbourne and a good old fashioned pub experience. It’s the type of place where you'll find a curated wine list but also be able to join 200 other punters crowded around a game of footy on the TV. 

This is the third venue from the team behind Good Heavens and Fancy Hank’s. Keeping in tone with the rest of the project, Springrock’s interior is classic and nostalgia-evoking. For the food, think pub-style classics with a retro twist. The desserts list invokes American diner vibes, with options like a bowl of chocolate dipped pretzels, a coffee bourbon sundae and a s’more. For liquid refreshments, Springrock offers an enticing variety of beers, natural wines and unique takes on classic cocktails like The ‘Victorian’ Negroni and Bloody Sidecar.

The Chapel

113 Chapel St, Windsor 

People seated at Chapel Street's newest venue, The Chapel, enjoying meals and drinks. The venue will host DJs and has art by Mayonaize.Image: The Chapel | Arianna Leggiero

The Chapel in Windsor is set to redefine Chapel Street with its cyberpunk vibe and immersive experience. Dreamed up by cousins Lee Theodoridis and Dimitri Degrenis, this mega new hotspot blends art, music, and a Mediterranean-inspired menu.

Expect custom art by Mayonaize, lit up by a unique RGB lighting system, creating an edgy, futuristic atmosphere. The menu, featuring shareable plates like BBQ Pumpkin and Murray Cod, celebrates Lee and Dimitri’s Mediterranean heritage.

“We want our guests to embark on a sensory journey,” says Dimitri, with live DJ sets transitioning from neo-jazz to Detroit house throughout the evening. Signature cocktails by Marc Frew add to the experience, perfectly complementing the vibrant flavors.

Molli & Little Molli

20 Mollison Street & 66 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford

A casarecce with a fermented tomato sugo pasta from Molli, the newest addition to Abbotsford's dining scene.Image credit: Molli | Tim Harris

Meet Molli and Little Molli, two new sister venues tucked away in the leafy backstreets of Abbotsford, just a short walk from the maddening crowd on Victoria Street. The facing venues, Molli, a bar and bistro, and sibling deli Little Molli are the latest offerings from The Mulberry Group, responsible for a slew of venus including Dessous, Liminal and Square One Coffee in the city and Lilac Wine in Cremorne. The crew source seasonal ingredients from their regenerative farming in Freshwater Creek (out the back of Torquay in case you’re wondering).

Molli is serving up locally-sourced seafood including alpine trout and Portarlington mussels, and accompanying seasonal veggies and honey from the building’s rooftop garden. The menu centres around their Josper grill, cooking or smoking over charcoal and complemented by a series of ferments and sauces. There are also plenty of obligatory snacking plates and an inspired cocktail list to work through, as well as conventional and natty wines from Australia and Europe and non-alc alternatives including house-made kombucha and punch bowls (hello Dry July!).

At Little Molli the offerings are more breakfast and lunch orientated, leaning heavily on your New York bodges and European delis, with sandwiches, focaccias, cheese, charcuterie, antipasto and pantry staples available, with coffee by Square One Roasters.

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Chicano Taqueria

371 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

A house-made blue-corn taco from Chicano Taqueria in Fitzroy.Image credit: Chicano Taqueria | Supplied

Boozy bottomless brunch and So-Cal-style tacos? Yes please. Chicano Taqueria,  a former Brunswick underground pop-up has found a new permanent home in arguably Melbourne’s coolest suburb, and it’s ready to wet whistles.

With a big focus on fresh blue-corn tortillas, head chef Kingsley Heron, who formerly worked at The French Laundry in California (you’ve probably seen it in The Bear S3) is slinging the freshest flavour combinations with a menu that caters for all dietaries. And whether you’re feeling a bit dusty, or want to their bottomless brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday. 12pm to 4.30pm. Tuck into a 90-minute seating with unlimited tacos, wine, beer, ciders, and cocktails. 

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Saul’s Sandwiches

421 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick

Image credit: Saul's Sandwiches | Tortellini Studios

We said it once but we’ll say it again—we’re not sure when Saul’s will stop opening new stores, but we’re absolutely not complaining if we saw that iconic logo on a corner of every Melbourne suburb. So you can imagine our joy when we spotted ‘Coming Soon’ posters plastered across a soon-to-be shopfront in Elsternwick. 

Famed for quality sangas that we reckon are some of Melbourne’s best, Glen Huntly Road marks Saul’s seventh joint to the ever-expanding empire. They tend to roll with an all-day breakfast menu, loaded with brekky muffins, thick toasties, plus all the Saul’s Classic chunky sandos. 

The new location falls under the mega eight-level development by Balmain & Co on the corner of Orrong Road and Glen Huntly Road that, in addition to the 22 apartments and four office spaces, comes six retail tenancies. Other names that have snatched up the new stores include Woodfrog Bakery, Daniel’s Donuts, and Priceline.

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Orlo

44 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Several cars are parked in front of a brick building that is now home to a best new restaurant in Melbourne called Orlo.Image credit: Orlo | Parker Blain

Say ciao the latest addition to Collingwood’s ever-growing, always mouth-watering dining scene: Orlo. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and bar, housed in the historic Dyason Cordial Factory and set across three levels encompasses a ground-floor dining room, an enclosed courtyard with olive trees and vines, and a private dining mezzanine and a moody basement bar aptly named the Cordial Club.

The menu is a love-letter to head chef Matteao Tine’s Sicillian heritage, with a nod to his Australian upbringing and features southern rock lobster with scotch egg and optional caviar, and piementon lamb ribs with fermented honey toum among the standouts. The wine list mirrors those flavours while the cocktail offerings are creative twists on solid classics, sure to sate the palate. The restaurant is open seven days a week, 12pm to late.

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Lenny’s Fine Foods

636 Inkerman Road, Caulfield 

Lenny's Fine Foods in Caulfield has just reopened after a refresh and new owners Natalie and Mark Fine took over.Image: Lenny's Fine Foods | Supplied

Once Blusztein’s Corner Store, this local treasure became Lenny’s Fine Foods in ‘99, stealing hearts with its Jewish culinary vibes and cozy charm. Fast forward to today, and Natalie and Mark Fine are bringing a fresh twist to this beloved spot. The Fines have given the store a sleek makeover, blending style with tradition. But don't worry—the iconic Lenny’s soups are still there. Their legendary chicken soup, known as ‘Jewish penicillin,’ continues to warm souls. Plus, they’re serving up Melbourne’s “best” bagels (their bold claim–check our list if you’re not convinced), juicy beef brisket, crispy latkes, gefilte fish balls, divine cakes, fresh salads, and a lineup of deli-style goodies and ready-to-eat meals.

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The Fifth Province

3/60 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 

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Whether it’s your local or a Sunday sesh favourite, The Fifth Province (a cheeky nod to the four provinces of Ireland and St Kilda’s strong Irish population) is back in a big way. The team responsible for Freddie Wimpole's, also in St Kilda, Angus and Bon in Prahran and The Bay Hotel in Mornington has refreshed this formerly humble boozer into a classic pub-style venue with all the accoutrements. The reno hasn’t come at a cost to punters, with the same food and drinks menu on offer at the same prices (yes, including Guiness and Magners, and Tuesday steak days (yep—all day from noon) and Thursday parmi days.

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The Beehive Hotel

84 Bakers Road, Hawthorn 

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We all know honey doesn’t spoil and it’s the same for The Beehive Hotel in Hawthorn. The 200-year-old historic pub is set to reopen its doors next month after a 15-year hiatus. On the drinks menu there is a sticky selection of honey-themed cocktails and to mop up the kitchen is offering a signature charcoal grill-kissed cheeseburger, a classic schnitty and a revolving snack menu. Punters can catch all the sports action with large screens fitted throughout and take a walk down memory lane with memorabilia on display. The Beehive Hotel will be back and serving drinks from July 15.

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Market Lane

163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

The entrance to Market Lane at Prahran Market. The Melbourne coffee institution has had a refurb and is now roasting small batches on site.Image credit: Market Lane | Supplied

Brunch is now on the cards and cupping (tastings) are back at the original Market Lane in Prahran Market after a sleek renovation bringing it inline with other outlets. Offering a space to relax, rejuvenate and caffeinate after doing the groceries, patrons can indulge in other iconic Melbourne brands such as hot chocolate from Mörk, teas from Assembly and Indigiearth, all while enjoying a delightful range of baked goods—some from Baker Bleu, and fresh sandwiches, using ingredients from the market’s top traders. The institution will also return to small-batch roasting on premises at Prahran near the shop entrance.

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Ruby Dining

1/189 Queen Street, Melbourne CBD

A bistro meal, including tuna crudo and a mini chicken Caesar salad at Ruby Dining, on Queen Street in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia's CBD.Image credit: Ruby Dining | Simon Chin

The classics are the classics for a reason—but lauded ex-Cumulus chef James Cornwall has taken them to the next level at his latest opening, Ruby Dining. 

Situated on Queen Street, the moody New York-style bistro offers up gems like its Black Angus bavette steak and fries, ricotta ravioli, and smaller treats like its signature chicken oyster (a refreshingly crispy one-bite Caesar salad, please, stop!) and brown butter madeleines, served with whipped goat cheese and honey, which are baked fresh to order.

Ruby Dining has dining options from breakfast to dinner, and is definitely one to put on your cheeky work lunch, or weekend treat list.

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Yaki Nau

370 Queens Place, Melbourne CBD

A chef preparing premium wagyu at a new restaurant opening in melbourneImage credit: Yaki Nau | Supplied

Winter is looking fresh for new openings in Melbourne, and our sights are set on Yaki Nau with doors due to swing open in June. We don’t know a ton yet but we do know it’s a Japanese diner with BBQ taking centre stage, and food is by Chef Hugo Mai who’s dipping into his wealth of experience from Nobu to bring Yaki Nau to life.

It promises to balance the fine diner experience with a relaxed atmosphere to get the best of both worlds. The wagyu is cream of the crop, sourcing 100% fullblood wagyu beef, so you know it’s the real melt-in-your-mouth good stuff. 

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Pinchy’s

200 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

A small but fancy lobster roll sits on a green plate next to a cup of french fries and a yellow cocktail in a martini glassImage credit: Pinchy's | Jana Langhorst

In 2024, Pinchy’s is lookin’ extra fresh. After four years on the scene, the seafood restaurant and bar is ushering in a renewed era for itself. Finger-food bites are out, and substantial share-style plates are in, including a luxe lobster roll that rivals Melbourne’s best. Whether you go à la carte or leave it up to the seafood tasting menu, you’re in good hands with executive chef Barret Jones.

The refresh extends to the drinks list, and we highly suggest you give the Winter Spice a crack—spice-infused gin, orange shrub, cinnamon syrup, ginger juice, lemon, and a touch of tonic. Pinchy’s is now open, Wednesday to Sunday.

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Farro

30 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds

Mirrors line the wall and green leather booth seating rests underneath—this is Farro, who just opened a new restaurant location in Moonee PondsImage credit: Farro | Supplied

Location number seven is here, and Farro has taken its famed pizza and pasta to the humble suburb of Moonee Ponds. The health-conscious joint has been a certified Melbourne go-to for years—and it’s time Moonee Ponds scored its own.

You can count on established favourite dishing its all-natural menu, exclusively using organic spelt flour for all its hand-tossed pizza, fresh pasta and bread goods. For those with pesky dietaries, the vegan and gluten-free items will also make an appearance.

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Le Martini

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

A line of vodka bottles sit along the blue wall at a bar dedicated to martini, another new restaurant opening Melbourne scored in May 2024Image credit: Le Martini | Supplied

You’re in for a treat if your go-to is a martini. Le Martini is the latest spot Crown has welcomed into its stable of venues. Paying homage to its namesake, Le Martini is everything luxurious as it is intimate. We’re talking plush velvet drapery, banquette seating, aged mirrors, and deep blue hues, seating just 34 people. You can take your martini exactly how you like it—shaken, stirred, dry, or dirty—or opt the rotating specials that accompany the resident bartender. Kicking the show off is award-winning Dale DeGroff, who brings ‘Harry’s Original’, a zesty twist on a classic inspired by a historic 1888 recipe.

The luxe ethos runs deep into the bar snacks, sourcing indulgent plates from neighbouring Bistro Guillaume. Go for the gildas, whipped cod roe baguettes, a swish Caviar experience, and freshly shucked oysters.

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Bang Bang

315 Hampton Street, Hampton

Image credit: Bang Bang | Jessie Evans 

Bang Bang is a certified banger. The bustling hawker-style Pan Asian restaurant is bold, fun, and not pretentious in any sense of the world. The Mordialloc joint was met with lines out the door on the reg, so the team felt it was only right to open the doors on another location—this time, taking the Bang Bang name bayside in Hampton.

Inspired by Asia’s street food culture, the menu is packed full of flavour and stacked with options, from small bites and plates, to substantial servings and a section dedicated to bao. If making decisions isn’t your strong suit, opt for the set menu—$57.70 per person, or $89 per person. The space is deceptively big, and perfect for groups. And if you’re getting a cocktail (which you should), the Lemon Drop will go down a treat. Bang Bang is now open for dinner Monday to Thursday, and from 12pm Friday to Sunday.

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Emilietta

1 Gills Alley, Melbourne CBD

A person wearing a pink t-shirt preparing a sandwich made from flat bread, mortadella mousse, mortadella, baby onion and pistacchioImage credit: Emilietta | Atti.Co

A cornerstone in the Melbourne Italian scene is undoubtedly Trattoria Emilia, and after a decade of dispensing an outstanding menu, the team have opened the door on a sister venue, Emilietta. Residing in the bar area of Emilia, this lunch spot is all about fried flatbread made into quick bites—something you might liken to a sandwich. Some call them  Crescentina, but at Emilietta, they’re calling it Tigella, which is the type of stone used for cooking.

Ingredients are both local and imported straight from Italy, and while there are a few seats up for grabs, the joint primary runs under a take-and-go ethos. Don’t be mistaken—take-and-go doesn’t mean pre-prepared. Emilietta is making seven variations as they’re ordered, so you know it’s fresh as fresh can be. Tucked away in the CBD, Emilietta is open Tuesday to Friday, 10:30am to 3pm.

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Longrain Canteen

430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

Image credit: Longrain Canteen | Alex Squadrito

The Little Bourke Street institution, Longrain, just scored a lunch-forward sister in Melbourne CBD, serving up reimagined versions of the restaurant's most popular dishes into take-and-go bites. Take the crispy pork hock for an example—what is usually served up in a bowl has now been thrown into a brioche bun with pickles, coriander and sriracha mayo. 

At Longrain Canteen, prices are on par with what you’d expect for a CBD lunch: $16-18 for a salad, $18 for the crispy pork bun, and $21 for the red beef curry. The drinks front covers all bases, from thai coffee and coconut juice to alcoholic options like canned wine and Chang beer. It’s all led by Head Chef Le and restaurateur Scott Pickett (Chancery Lane, Smith Street Bistro, The Continental Sorrento). It’ll only be around until Spring, open Monday to Friday, 11am to 2:30pm. More details and menu over here.

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Dutch Rules Distilling Co.

1/586 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham

Image credit: Dutch Rules Distilling Co. | Supplied

In most recent news for new openings in Melbourne, the ‘burbs have just scored a slick distillery door and gin bar called Dutch Rules Distilling Co. The focus is, as one would expect, all about the gin with a few bar snacks on offer to soak up the booze. 

The gin itself celebrates the origin of the spices that have influenced the modern iterations. Leaning into owner and founder Danny Perera’s Sri Lankan roots and upbrining with a Dutch influence, the gin highlights the complex flavours of juniper, cardamom and coriander. 

The house gin, New World Dry Gin, has been in the works since 2022, and after launching mid-last year, it quickly nabbed silver in the Australian Distilled Spirits Award, so it's bound to be bloody good. Try it neat in a tasting flight or in one of the bar’s speciality cocktails.

We’re keeping a close eye on this space, as they crew have plans to expand Dutch Rules' offering to include a full-blown kitchen and dining room, headed up by ex-Naked For Satan, Dan Greenwood.

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Prova

822 High Street, Thornbury

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Pastificio Sandro by day, and now Prova by night. The northside grocer that’s all about handmade pasta has opened their back door to welcome in a handful of diners in every Friday and Saturday evening.

It’s the coming together of Umberto Group behind the likes of Umberto Espresso Bar and Gigi Rooftop, head chef Adrian Bressanutti with Stokehouse and Tipo 00 creds, and industry veteran Andrew Barry of Gingerboy, to create an intimate (by its very definition) Italian dining experience.

Decision fatigue isn't in Prova's vocabulary. The hidden restaurant is serving the one six-course set menu at $125 a head, or an additional $75 for pairing wines. The dishes will change as per the seasons, but you can expect plates along the lines of house-made spaghetti with skull island tiger prawns, thinly sliced zucchini, with pistachio, basil and pecorino.

Prova can only seat 14 punters at a time, so not only do you need to book, you should do so well in advance. Right this way.

Pasta Bambino

159 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Image credit: Pasta Bambino | Arianna Leggiero

Adrian Richardson’s Bouvier Bar is changing faces for the cooler months, dishing up an all-pasta menu with recipes passed down from his Nonna.

You can count on plates like casarecce bolognese, rigatoni beef ragout, pappardelle creamy mushroom, spaghetti marinara, and ricotta gnocchi pesto, and keep an eye out for weekly specials like a delightful three-cheese lasagna. The wine list is everything Italian as it is Australian, covering all fronts including superb reds akin to the winter palate. A typical glass of vino will set you back just $9, and majority of the pasta dishes sit under the $20 mark.

Find Pasta Bambino io Brunswick East, open Wednesday through to Saturday from 4pm ‘till the early AM.

FOC Melbourne

432 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

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The team behind Melbourne’s beloved Sloppy Joes Deli—who we reckon are making some of the best sangas in town—has changed the drapes at their Little Collins digs to make way for their new venture, FOC. The main focus here is chunky focaccia rolls, which you might have already seen plastered across your social feeds. There’s about eight sando variations on offer, from mortadella, porchetta, and rare beef to green beans, and mushrooms. 

The quaint shop is also serving sweet treats and good coffee to cover all craving fronts. The space can take a few dine-ins at a time, but primarily FOC is designed as a take-and-go kind of thing. Open Monday to Friday from 8am ‘til 3pm.

Wally’s Albert Park

67 Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Image credit: Wally's | Pete Dillon

Situated on a serene corner along Cardigan Place is Albert Park’s newest neighbourhood wine bar, Wally’s. Designed by Studio a.mi, the interior radiates an ageless French influence, while the outdoor seating area takes centre stage, with quaint tables spilling over Wally’s covetable corner location. 

Helmed by head chef Damon Mclvor (Waxflower and Vex Dining0), the establishment is whipping up seasonal European-inspired cuisine expertly matched with an extensive selection of wines. Wally's is now open Tuesday to Sunday.

Banshō

960 High Street, Armadale 

Image credit: Banshō | Jana Langhorst

High Street Armadale introduces its latest restaurant to its eclectic dining scene, Banshō—a unique fusion of French bistro and Japanese cuisine. Enlisted chefs Tomotaka Ishizuka (Kisumé) and Yoonho Chang (Lume), blend the timeless sophistication of French gastronomy with the artful mastery of Japanese flavours, evidenced in the choux au craquelin—a matcha cream puff, among other dishes on the menu.

With brass details, tan leather seats and intimate circular booth and counter seating, Banchō’s interior echoes its culinary harmony and draws inspiration from Japanese minimalism and French elegance, making for a warm art deco fitout.

D.O.C St Kilda 

14-16 The Esplanade, St Kilda

Image credit: D.O.C St Kilda | Pete Dillon

In its seventh venture, Lygon Street icon, D.O.C, extends its authentic Italian charm to St Kilda’s esplanade. The team have curated a fresh menu, showcasing new and exclusive items, reflecting the evolution of Italy’s progressive culinary scene while remaining rooted in the essence of its flagship venues.

In classic fashion, the menu is divided into Antipasto, Primi and Secondi, with signature pizza and pasta dishes retained alongside new additions complemented by a selection of top-shelf wines from the cellar. The 100-seat diner, featuring a semi-open kitchen and beachside-adjacent outdoor dining, elevates the simple Italian dining with retro olive seats juxtaposed with elegant marble white masterpieces. 

Lucia 

11 Eastern Road, South Melbourne 

Image credit: Lucia | Arianna Leggiero

Situated at the foot of Eastern Road in South Melbourne, Lucia is a quaint Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar exuding Renaissance charm. From the team behind Riserva, Baia Di Vino and San Lorenzo, this neighbourhood gem promises the same warm hospitality and authentic food.  

With Head Ched Jordan Clavaron (Society, Cutler & Co), son of a Michelin star chef, crafting the menu from his travels in France, Italy and Spain, the dishes are elegant yet unpretentious. 

Anticipated crowd favourites include the Fremantle octopus skewer complemented with red pepper sauce and the Riserva menu highlight—beetroot ravioli. The experience is elevated by a novel-like wine menu boasting over 400 bottles and its sleek interior comprising floor-to-ceiling windows, banquette seating and mood lighting, making for an intimate ambience.

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