Saddle up and start your engines for the month of September. It's springtime and suppertime.
Dave Mackintosh and Joe Jones' 1930s supper club-inspired resto-bar has finally arrived. The late-night menu won't kick off until Tuesday night, but for now head in for oysters, chandeliers, Ritz cocktails, champagne, steaks and creme brulee (especially the creme brulee). The go-to tip from Mackintosh is: "a glass of champagne and the Mayfair omelette with truffle and chicken gravy".
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins forecourt, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne, 03 9654 8545
Also swinging open doors this week, the European group's latest gift to Melbourne is another architectural beauty on Bourke Street, starring yakitori, steaks, craft beers, meaty sambos and a vending machine stocked with salads for lunchers on the run. The licence is only until midnight, but food will run all night.
Daily, 24 hours, 10 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 03 9639 7324, butchersdiner.com
One of South Melbourne's most popular gastro pubs saw Dandelion and ex-Pearl chef Geoff Lindsay move into the kitchen last month. The menu at first was all centring on bar snacks like banh mi, but the full dining room menu has now kicked off, bringing some of Lindsay's greatest hits to the party, including his red duck curry and Thai-leaning tuna salads.
273-279 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, 03 9690 3737, amaroshotel.com.au
World-famous pita has arrived. Word of warning, the serving sizes are a little smaller than you get in the Tel Aviv original and more expensive (you really want to order a side of the chickpeas with boiled egg and hot sauce or hell, maybe even the whole roasted cauliflower laced with tahini to make it a meal) but the quality of the pickles, wagyu steaks and falafel burgers (mostly) filling your soft pita is unimpeachable. Plus, the shambolically energetic service featuring whistles and tambourines is hilarious.
59 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 03 9670 2861, miznonaustralia.com
Andrew Gale, the chef who made the Duchess of Spotswood into a brunching destination, is expanding his burger business, Meet Patty, at a rapid pace. The first free-range beef pattied, McClure's pickle-filled burgers and apple pie shakes landed in Mentone last year and now, branch two has opened opposite Queen Victoria Market, with a third store to launch in Richmond in a few weeks.
87 Peel Street, West Melbourne, 03 9077 0900, meetpatty.com.au