Melbourne’s Hottest New Openings

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January 2016

The festive season saw feasts and fiestas galore, but it also saw the doors open to some great new digs around town. From 8 Bit’s new CBD store, to a Biggie Smalls Kebab shop in Collingwood, here are some of Melbourne’s best new restaurants, fresh off the press.

8 Bit brought a whole new meaning to double-pattie, with second shop in Melbourne CBD.

December saw the opening of greasy, cheesy, hawt-dawg and meat-mad burger joint 8-Bit in the CBD. The famed Footscray location was popular for its video game themed set-up, and artery clogging (but so worth it) tasty bites. We’re talking milkshakes, loaded fries and some of Melbourne’s best burgers. Swanston Street has claimed the same magnificent menu, to much excitement from city slickers. Find out more here: http://www.eat8bit.com.au

Mr M’s new mistress Yukie’s Snack Bar set up shop as the gal next door.

Bringing the much loved flavours of Mr Miyagi to the fab feminine version next door, Yukie’s specialises in cocktails and sharing snacks of the pan-asian inspired food that sees lines out the door of Mr M—any night of the week. Hoping to ease some of the waiting time, Yukie’s is designed to have a sip and chat while you wait for some of that finger licking’ MFC (Miyagi Fried Chicken). However, once you see the stunningly slick fit out by P-E-K STUDIO, you’ll find Yukie’s Snack bar is worthy of a visit in its own right. Yukie’s opened on December 15. Find out more here: http://www.mrmiyagi.com.au

Shane Delia from renowned Maha opened new Kebab joint, Biggie Smalls.

The end of 2015 brought Biggie Smalls to Smith Street, Collingwood, a modern day incarnation of the kebab shop. This ain’t no greasy shawarma set up though, look out for tasty treats such as quality meat (slow roasted lamb shoulder and pork belly), sweet harissa jam and wraps not made out of pitiful pita, but rather grilled Turkish bread. Emanating a New York diner vibe, this upmarket Kebab shop serves as Maha’s cool n’ casual little sibling, and is dishing out some of Melbourne’s top kebabs. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/BiggieSmallsKbabs/?fref=ts

Trippy Taco set to open second location in St Kilda.

Fitzroy fans have been feasting on some fresh veg Mex fare from Trippy Taco, but now it’s time for south-siders to know what all the fuss is about. A health-focussed vegetarian menu of burritos, beans and bowls will set up shop on Acland Street, St Kilda, in late January, serving beachgoers totally tasty (and trippy) tacos. If you’re looking for Mexican in Melbourne, look no further. Find out more here: http://www.trippytaco.com.au/pages/southside

Megan Osborne

Megan Osborne is a freelance writer, but more importantly, a foodie. How can you not be living in a city like Melbourne? Every day holds an opportunity to find a new gem, and in between uploading photos of her cat on Instagram and generally making a mess in the kitchen, she’s on the lookout for the next tummy-satisfying diamond. Or goldmine—she’s not fussy.