Restaurants

What’s New in Melbourne Right Now

By Pip Jarvis - 10 Dec 2014


And they're at it again, springing up left, right and centre, faster than you can say ‘Santa’s coming’. Melbourne is awash with a raft of awesome new restaurants, cafes, shops and more, and it’s causing a collective ‘Hurrah’ here at TUL HQ. So, without further ado, here are the hot-off-the-press openings, the sneaky little previews and the scandalous whispers of what’s new in Melbourne town. Consider it our little gift to you.

Fro-yo fans had something to froth over last week, with the opening of a third Melbourne Yo-Chi store in Yarraville. Head here for eight lip-smackingly delicious all-natural frozen yoghurt flavours and ‘Smoochis’- fro-yo smoothies. Dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options are also on offer at Yo-Chi’s westside store. Sweet.

George Calombaris expanded his souva empire, with the opening of a new Jimmy Grants in Ormond. Across the road from the train station, the Ormond Jimmy’s is sure to sate many a sozzled festive-season commuter. Here you’ll find all the usual Greek fare, plus an all-new fish finger souva and a baklava ice cream sandwich. Worth jumping on that train then…

The vibrant blue signage is also up on the soon-to-be Richmond Jimmy Grants on Church Street. Meaty things await.

Continuing on our favourite theme – carbs – A25 Pizzeria is about to make Chapel Street a whole heap sexier as of next week. The food baby of Melbourne pizza royalty, Rimo Nicolino (D.O.C. is owned by his brother, Tony), A25 is all about good, fresh, affordable, and tasty food. If the food is as cool as A25’s branding, we suspect they’ll be flinging out some of the best pizzas in Melbourne town. The cherry (tomatoes) on top? We hear the menu caps out at $15.

Fitzroy’s Smith Street recently welcomed Major Major, a trendy new cafe and bar. Head on down to try one of their nourishing salads, or grab a healthy sanga for when you’re on the go. The decor is pretty suave if we do say so ourselves, with slick copper pendant lights, rough brick walls, and the best bit? A sunny spot out front to sip on your smooth-as latte (or flat white with half an all-natural sweetener and an extra shot on the side…sorry!)!

Gelato lovers (so that would be all of you, then), it’s time to raise your spoons and give thanks as last summer’s coolest gelato test lab, Pidapipó, is setting up permanent digs on Lygon Street. Lisa Valmorbida’s Pidapipó Gelateria opens on 12th December, and we’re predicting Messina-like queues. Made fresh from scratch each day with the highest-quality ingredients from local and Italian producers (think pistachios from Sicily and hazlenuts from Piedmont), we are salivating over the menu. Burnt Butter, Rosemary & Chesnut; Ricotta & Fig… wipe that drool from your chin! Melbourne’s best ice cream has landed.

The Windsor end of Chapel is a-boom, and we’ve caught wind of a new café, cutely titled Mr. Mister. This is one Mr. Mister we’ll be looking forward to sinking our teeth into once open.  Another soon-to-be Melbourne café we’ve spotted on our travels is Not the Corner Store on Church Street in Richmond. All our sleuthing could turn up no further clues, but we’re onto you, you guys

MAIIKE in Hawthorn is our go-to for stylish homewares, classic wardrobe staples and gorgeous baby gifts and accessories (the handmade toys are too cute). The best bit (or, the new bit?)? MAIIKE has just opened up a cafe on site! Enjoy a caffeine pick me up as you browse their stunning range, and maybe nibble on a colourful macaron or two!

Those who’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of B’Stilla’s sibling venue, B’Stilla Cantina, will have to wait a little longer for Jason Jones’ more casual new Moroccan street food joint, as it appears there was a bit of a gas issue… or lack thereof. No fear, as in its place from Thursday will be the wittily titled Waiting for Gas – a pop-up oyster and wine bar. You can gasbag while you wait for gas at 277B Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Speaking pop-ups, they're really on a (sc)roll in Melbourne right now. In fact, our pastry-obsessed city has just welcomed its very own pop-up scroll shop. Pop into Pop Up Scroll on Smith Street in Fitzroy for a sweet treat for morning or arvo tea, with a Coffee Supreme chaser. These babies are lovingly baked daily, with epic flavours like peanut butter and banana, made from organic ingredients and free from nasty additives. Doughnuts, pfffttt – so 30 seconds ago. Pop Up Scroll will be sticking around 'til April, with a more long-term space, Eat a Scroll, planned for just around the corner. We’ll be there, cos that’s how we scroll.

Looking for a cheeky summer beverage to wash down all that tasty food? Then head down to the Rebello Cheeky Rascal Cider Pop-Up at 568 Chapel Street in South Yarra, to taste and nab some ciders from their fresh new range! Open from midday on Thursdays and Fridays in December, their apple, lime, mint and chilli cider is surprisingly refreshing—not to mention delicious! Perfect for your next fresh Sunday sesh.

New to the Melbourne bar scene is the decadent, Dutchess. Located on the second floor of the newly renovated Duke of Wellington, she’s a classy broad of a bar where you can sip, dine, and dance the night away. Or perhaps you’re more of a Bond girl? Bond Bar in the CBD is being relaunched after an extensive refurb and is aimed at a high-end VIP and celebrity crowd. SATC’s Smith will be attending tonight’s launch. Where’s our ticket?

Little & Olver is Fitzroy’s newest bar and live music venue. Located on Brunswick Street, Little & Olver has an old-fashioned charm that will see you sipping on some craft beer and ciders (or maybe cocktails and aperitifs are more your style), until the wee-hours. And yes, we mean 5am!

Now we don't want to wish our lives away, but we kinda wish it was January already. No, not so we can miss the sight of Uncle Earl with the buttons popping over his beer belly on Chrissie day, but rather for the long awaited opening of Frankie Says in Abbotsford. From the couple behind Hoy Pinoy, The Meatball Company, The Melt Shop and Café Italia, we went along to a super soft launch and munched on moreish panzerotti (think deep fried pizza), oozing mozzarellas, and delicious dried meats and antipasti. Located in one TUL staffer's building along the river banks, we are so on board with the Frankie Says ethos of relaxing over good food and wine with great friends and conversation. Frankie says relax. We don't need to be asked twice. Bring on the full blown kitchen and brekkie by the boardwalk.

2015 also looks like a great year for the fellas, with Toorak Road barber extraordinaire, Kings Domain, opening a second outpost in the CBD. Guys about town, get ready for some old school grooming and CBD cut-throats when Kings Domain comes to town. And in case you missed it, Greville Street has welcomed all the likely Prahran lads with the opening of new barber, Brother Wolf. According to their social media, Brother Wolf Barber Shop is a modern British-owned men's barbershop where you can get spruced while chilling with the 'united wolf pack'.

But that's not all... Check out other recent Melbourne openings here.

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