1. Rosetta and Chin Chin migrate south
Two of Melbourne’s most loved restaurants are opening Sydney outposts in the second half of 2017.
Neil Perry’s Italian fine diner Rosetta is set to hit in August, while the more casual Chin Chin is rumoured to be taking up residence in the historic Griffiths Tea building in Surry Hills in September, headed up by Graeme Hunt (pictured) of Spice Temple Melbourne.
2. The George on Collins
After a $4-million renovation, Melbourne’s iconic Georges building basement welcomes diners from breakfast right through to late-night cocktails.
Head Chef Tom Brockbank (formerly Estelle Bistro, Pollen Street Social, No. 8) is now plating up a European-influenced menu intended to be socially conscious. Intriguing.
3. Madame Shanghai
Sydney’s Lotus Dining has opened a new Shanghai street-food and dumpling house across from Hyde Park.
Eluding to 1930s Shanghai with luxe Chinoiserie accents, the cocktail bar takes full advantage of its park vistas.
Chef Chris Yan’s menu is shaokao-style – that’s Chinese barbecue to you – and full of heady spices.
Two-hatted Gastro Park, the iconic Potts Point restaurant, has changed tack entirely to become Antipodean, a more wallet-friendly diner with a huge focus on Australian and New Zealand produce and a more approachable food ethos.
5. Doot Doot Doot
Opened since April in the year’s most exciting new hotel, Jackalope, Doot Doot Doot is pure destination dining.
As moody as the rest of the noir-esque hotel on the Mornington Peninsula, the restaurant turns Victorian produce to pure elegance in the hands of executive chef Guy Stanaway.
Choose from either a four- or eight-course menu and sit beneath a huge chandelier of some 10,000 glass orbs, or hop across to Rare Hare, the more casual eatery and new cellar door of Willow Creek Wines.
6. Winter Feasts
Each year, former Longrain executive chef Martin Boetz throws open the doors of his Cooks Co-op produce enterprise – which supplies some of the best restaurants in Sydney – to host a winter feast cooked up by some of our best chefs in a super-chic tin shed on the Hawkesbury River.
This year includes Danielle Alvarez of Fred’s and Colin Fassnidge of 4Fourteen and My Kitchen Rules.
7. From Seminyak to Swan River
If you were going to install a Bali bar in Australia, there’d be no better place than our West side city.
After all, the Indonesian playground is an easy escape for Perthites.
But to save you flight, Bali has arrived here in the form of Ku De Ta, sprawling across three spaces and a deck perched over the swan river.
With relaxed waterside dining and chilled beats from dawn until dusk, it’s a Balinese concept with a very Perth sense of style.
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