Hot new Melbourne spots to see and be seen.
This snacks-only wine bar is led by Clinton McIver from fine dining powerhouse Amaru, so you know you're in safe hands. The details are spot-on, with polished stemware, elegant design and a 13-page wine list. Embark on a "snackustation" and bounce from a panko-crumbed prawn and kimchi sandwich to an earthy shiitake soft-serve sundae.
1160 High St, Armadale, 03 8529 2660, auterrawinebar.com.au
Top snacks on offer at Auterra. Photo: Scott McNaughton
The French funhouse (pictured top) has upped sticks from South Yarra to a new flagship on Greville Street. The menu hits the same bistro sweet spots: steak frites with Cape Grim porterhouse and secret herb butter sauce, freshly shucked oysters and toffee-topped creme brulee. With space for 200, it's primed for a party.
142-144 Greville St, Prahran, 03 9804 5468, entrecote.com.au
Entrecote restaurant's new Greville Street location. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen
After four years of rumours, this cult Sydney restaurant has opened its Melbourne outpost at the former Ezard at Adelphi site. The narrow space has been updated into a moody 100-seater, with chef Jacqui Challinor's wood-fired Mediterranean menu featuring stretched-to-order flatbread and crisp-skinned suckling pork.
187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, 03 8419 2800, nomad.melbourne
Nomad Melbourne on Flinders Lane. Photo: Supplied
Hope St Radio
What started as a community radio station is now a thriving bar-restaurant for the bright young things of the inner north. Ellie Bouhadana's warm Mediterranean menu features handmade pastas and snacky charcuterie to match the on-trend drinks. The Collingwood Yards arts precinct also features a new rooftop bar, Runner Up, with one of the city's best views.
35 Johnston St, Collingwood, hopestradio.community
Hope St Radio in Collingwood. Photo: Luis Enrique Ascui
This 25-seat natural wine bar from Mauritius-born Nagesh Seethiah (ex-Bar Liberty, pictured above with wine gun Moira Tirtha and sous chef Jack Short) built a following in lockdown with popular pop-ups introducing in-the-know diners to the Indian and East African accents of Mauritian cuisine. Seethiah presents the recipes of his childhood with a modern edge, including barramundi samosas and vindaye, fried fish pickled with turmeric and mustard seeds.
Shop 2, 1 Errol St, North Melbourne, manze.com.au
Manze Wine Bar in North Melbourne. Photo: Eddie Jim
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