What’s New In Melbourne // March

Amaru Defines Degustation Dining in Armadale

On High Street in Armadale, you can find some of the most unique, contemporary Australian flavours, served up in breathtaking combinations. Not one for the unadventurous, the degustation only seasonal menu is designed to delight but also disrupt expectations. Winning dish? The mozzarella ice cream with micro basil, dried strawberries and olive jam. Sounds interesting—tastes mind blowing.



House of Crabs Makes a Splash in St Kilda

Underneath the Newmarket Hotel on Inkerman Street in St Kilda, House of Crabs set up shop, and saw quite the messy opening—and by messy we mean finger licking, greasy-grin good times. Described as Coney Island meets Louisiana, it’s not all seafood (although, that’s definitely the shell-stopper), but a range of grilled meats and a bar as well.



Small Dinner Club Takes Over from Previous Concept, Nora

Conceptual Nora closed down on Elgin Street in Carlton in February, to re-open this month with the Small Dinner Club. Serving up modern Thai cuisine in degustation format, the flavours represent a team that knows authentic Thai cooking, but isn’t afraid to push the boundaries (maybe not one for the squeamish or those with dietary restrictions). The menu changes monthly and is pre-pay, so no double booking allowed—but why would you want to?



505 Wine Room sets up in five star location in Toorak

The corner of Williams and Malvern in Toorak welcomed the new opening of 505 Wine Room this month. The wine bar features an extensive 15 page wine list showcasing international and local drops alike, with no shortage of beautiful Victorian grapes, also. The menu is predominantly seafood, with sections guided by what type of wine you’re drinking. Indeed, the food is there to complement and accentuate the wine, not the other way around.



Tim Ho Wan Delivers Designer Dumplings to Bourke Street

Tim Ho Wan are basically a dumpling institution, with an extreme chef selection process and a whole lot of secrecy behind menus and produce. This, it seems, is a perfect recipe for world domination, as Tim Ho Wan is loved and eaten in 20 locations across 9 countries. Sydney was a great success, so now it’s Melbourne’s turn. Expect deliciousness with a side of queues out the door.


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