1. Etta

A new neighbourhood bistro Etta has arrived on Lygon Street in Melbourne’s Brunswick East.

Head chef Hayden McMillan (formerly The Roving Marrow) says the fare at the relaxed local will reflect the way he likes to dine himself, a menu more weighted towards vegetables than proteins.

But meat-lovers fear not, it’s not a strictly vegetarian menu. ettadining.com.au

2. Detour

Brisbane’s Woolloongabba is much spoiled with the opening of the long-awaited Detour.

The restaurant itself seemed to take a detour in getting up and running after a few heritage rules delayed renovations.

But the wait, it seems, was worth it as chef Damon Amos rattles the pans to create a menu for both omnivores and herbivores.

3. Kisumé

Melbourne is turning Japanese with the opening of Kisumé in May.

The three-level restaurant on Flinders Lane comes with incredible knife skills between Chef Moon, a sushi craftsman certified in serving fugu (yes, that’s the poisonous blowfish), and Sean Presland; our premier Japanese cuisine master.

4. Mjölnir

Meaning Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir is the Speakeasy Group’s (Eau de Vie and Roosevelt) newest venture in Sydney’s Redfern.

It’s a viking-style carvery and whisky bar with some 600 versions of the amber liquor on offer, occupying a former tobacco factory on Cleveland Street.

We’ll be hoping to catch a glimpse of Chris Hemsworth and his Mjölnir.


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