As always in our culinary-driven city, with a new season comes a tonne of new Melbourne restaurants, bars and cafes! Here’s our pick of delectable new establishments to look out for.
Home to many, many, MANY cafes whose breakfast offerings are among some of the best in the world, Melbourne is a difficult place to distinguish yourself if you’re a café.
White Mojo has the answer – a soft shell crab croissant burger. We don’t know about you, but this is two of our favourite foods merged into one – a buttery croissant, creamy and smoky chipotle mayonnaise, and a crispy, sweet soft shell crab, together at last? Yes please. Oh, and they serve other deliciousness too, such as cauliflower panna cotta and matcha lattes. Head to the CBD’s Hardware Lane Monday through Sunday to check it out.
Historic Prahran venue the Mt Erica Hotel has undergone a transformation with a brand-spanking new bar and Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, Austin’s, to boot. The tapas-style food is fresh and the ambience is casual and relaxed. Expect delicious, pared-back meat and fish share plates including anchovies, sardines, swimmer crab and pork belly, alongside some Spanish and Mediterranean classics including croquettes and mussels.
Adding to Prahran’s ever-growing food and beverage clout, the cheerful Fourth Chapter has opened in High St.
The bright and airy café boasts a mostly healthy offering, such as acai bowls, avo paleo toast, smoothies and kombucha; but there are a few naughty treats, too – peanut butter waffles with salted caramel and grilled banana, savoury French toast with parmesan and eggs, and an indulgent hot chocolate from Sisko that boasts a marshmallow-filled chocolate sphere that melts into a chocolatey dream when you pour milk over it.
Box Hill is home to some of Melbourne’s best food, and is a well-kept secret among our city’s most passionate foodies – and when we think of Box Hill, Asian food is what first comes to mind. Adding an Asian influenced all-day dining option to the mix is the new Penny Drop Café in Box Hill’s ATO building.
The menu pays tribute the strong Asian food culture in the area, including a Kentucky Fried Tofu banh mi, and coconut-braised beef short ribs; whereas the breakfast options are some delicious and unique Asian-infused interpretations of some western classics including a benedict that uses a potato and garlic chive waffle instead of the English muffin, a whipped avo on toast with shiso, and an amazing-sounding spring onion pancake with tea-smoked salmon and son-in-law eggs. YUM.
This is a Melbourne pop-up that is creating a buzz among foodies and chefs all over the city. Just ahead of its permanent restaurant in Punch Lane, Honcho Noodle will operate out of the Hotel Windsor on Bourke Street until it is ready to open its doors.
Asian-inspired without subscribing to one single culture, Honcho is putting on around seven noodle dishes at the temporary restaurant, with other non-noodle dishes for the non-noodle inclined (do those people even exist?). Dishes include an interesting and delicious interpretation of ramen, duck-bone broth with charcoal-grilled duck shavings, and crab udon with smoked dashi butter. DELISH.