Hatted chef to open veg-focused Etta bistro in Brunswick East

A dish of mozzarella pasta, peas, fermented kohlrabi and basil, coming soon to Etta, Brunswick.
A dish of mozzarella pasta, peas, fermented kohlrabi and basil, coming soon to Etta, Brunswick. Photo: Supplied

When Kiwi-born chef Hayden McMillan launched his Melbourne culinary career at Mod Euro-bistro the Roving Marrow he promptly landed the venue a Good Food Guide hat.

In March he's striking out with wife Dominique Fourie​ McMillan (Cutler & Co) and friend Hannah Green (both ex-Rosetta) to open Etta, an 60-seat "contemporary neighbourhood bistro" on Lygon Street near 400 Gradi. It's a team with some serious cred; can lightning strike twice?

It'll be not-quite-fine dining with a list of small-batch wines; the menu is still in development but McMillan's promising "easy, flexible" produce-focused share plates (70 per cent vegetarian) with "a less is more approach".

With the help of Fitzroy-based architect Iva Foschia​ the trio will turn the one-time fish and chip shop into a bar and restaurant built around a central open kitchen. A 20-seat courtyard is planned for next summer.

Etta is expected to open at 60 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, in March.