Melbourne’s Hottest New Openings – May

There’s a lot of hot new restaurants in Melbourne that have opened up recently, from piping hot pizza in the city centre, to specialty coffee in the ‘burbs. Melbourne’s best Japanese? Just opened new digs, too. With all the amazing food in Melbourne, there’s still always going to be room for some fresh blood…sausage.

Sake – 121 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Seeking world domination by form of sexy sashimi, Sake have opened up a new restaurant in Flinders Lane, bringing their total up to five in Australia. The Flinders Lane location has a similar menu to the one at Hamer Hall, where you can find some amazing Japanese food in Melbourne. Complete with sushi bar and world-class cocktails, Sake in Melbourne is already a fan favourite, and now Melburnians have two to choose from.


A25 – 399 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

The best pizza in South Yarra, is now some of the best pizza in Melbourne! A25 has opened up it’s irresistible Italian restaurant on the corner of Lonsdale and Hardware Lane in the CBD. Boasting a ‘traderne’ menu—a cross between traditional and modern cuisine—Remo Nicolini and Raymond Capaldi are serving up some very sexy pizzas. Yes, you can find a lot of your favourite pizzas form the South Yarra location in this central pizza place, however there are also some new sweet treats to get excited for! Think Italian gelato milkshakes, and four—not one, but FOUR—Nutella inspired pizzas. Designed as an Italian-style espresso bar, get there quick to perch yourself in this intimate foodie-paradise. Team Gram can already vouch for some of the best dough going around! #Pizzaissexy


East Ivy – 6 Burton Crescent, East Ivanhoe

Owners of Lux Foundry in Brunswick, Daniel Amato and Emilio Rogliano have teamed up again to bring Ivanhoe locals a taste of inner-city coffee. East Ivy has recently opened, with top-notch specialty brew and an inventive menu that focusses on healthier options. There’s already a big buzz going on for this cafe, so get there early to nab your spot (and a take home treat).


Ôter – 137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Throwing traditional associations of French fare—such as tureens of butter and onion soup—out the window, Ôter is boasting contemporary ‘reconstructed’ cuisine. Part-owner and Head Chef Florent Gerardin is ex Pei Modern, and will be cooking up an A La Carte menu that is set to change daily. Degustation options are also on offer for the dedicated diners.


Blue Tongue – 62 Ormond Road, Elwood

Rabih Yanni (The Grosvenor) has recently become part owner of Elwood’s favourite wine bar, Blue Tongue. Believe it or not (Ripley), one day after trading with co-owners Nic Gordon and Sebastian McQuarrie, Blue Tongue burnt down. Just to keep things interesting, the team re-opened on April Fool’s day. While replacing an existing fan-fave, the new and improved Blue Tongue is offering something quite different. A meat heavy menu will feature at the revamp, along with grazing styled share plates.

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