Stuck in a foodie rut? Shake things up and check out the latest openings in the city.
Mille and B
Move over mille-feuille, there’s an even bigger, better many layered sweet treat in town. At Carlton’s Mille and B, the mille crepes cake is made with 20 layers of delicate crepes and pastry cream in between. That’s 40 layers of deliciousness, in flavours like pandan and coconut, and balsamic strawberry. Linger over a hefty slice or get a whole cake to go.
Di Stasio Citta
Legendary restaurateur Ronnie Di Stasio’s first venture, Rosati’s, opened in the late 80s on Flinders Lane – way before it was cool. These days he’s best known for St Kilda’s Cafe Di Stasio, but now he’s back in the city too. Di Stasio Citta has become an instant classic on Spring Street with its bold art, design and, of course, Italian food.
If you missed out while they were at HWKR last year – fear not. Pinchy’s has set up shop at Emporium to serve you the flavours of Maine right here in Melbourne. You already know the lobster rolls are going to be top tier, so go big and pair them with truffle fries, crab croquettes or a glass of French sparkling.
Isan Soul Thai Street Food
Bangkok’s come to Bourke Street at Isan Soul Thai Street Food, which is alive with spicy scents and the buzz of conversation. Among the colourful Thai decor, from advertising signs to tuktuks, tuck into satisfying dishes like red duck curry and green papaya salad. It’s not as cheap as in Bangkok, but hey, you’re saving big on the flight!
Leonardo’s Pizza Palace
Good news – the guys behind South Yarra’s kitsch cabin-in-the-woods bar Leonard’s House of Love have branched out to Carlton! Leonardo’s Pizza Palace is so old school it’s hard to tell this joint is actually new. Heaps of décor has been retained from the 1950s pizzeria that used to be here, including the terrazzo floor and vintage photos. Hang on though, we’re sensing some hipster irony, and there’s a DJ playing under the retro brick archway. Let’s stick around for another pepperoni pizza and glass of vino.
Socialise foodie style on A’Beckett
Catch the revolving autumn eateries at foodie hot spot HWKR while you can. Bag gourmet mi goreng at the Indomie pop-up, marvel at mountainous shaved ice desserts from Scoopy or opt for fresh Japanese style seafood from the Modern Eatery.
Hakata Gensuke Carlton
Even with several outlets already around town, including in the CBD, Melbourne can’t get enough of this ramen empire. Hakata Gensuke Carlton is now open, serving more of that savoury, porky, noodly soup we love. There are a few versions to choose from, including black ramen made with black sesame paste, but look – God Fire ramen! Just how much of the secret blend of Spicy Fire goes in is up to you.
Khanh Ong at The George On Collins
The bar in the old George’s department store space has been around for a couple of years now. There are lots of tasty reasons to take another look at The George On Collins though. Their food menu’s had a major Vietnamese refresh thanks to former Masterchef contestant Khanh Ong, from lunch and dinner to bar snacks. A One Night in Saigon cocktail please bartender, and make that two serves of sticky chili caramel chicken wings.
After a series of pop-ups around Australia and the world, Fancy Free has finally settled down (for the time being at least). This cocktail bar by a trio from Fitzroy’s legendary Black Pearl has set up on Little Collins Street. Come for the smart casual drinkies, stay for the rotating booze-friendly food pop-ups.
A basement bar serving banoffee pie cocktails? It might sound like a dream, but it’s real, it’s spectacular, and it’s called Bar Clara. Hidden underneath Chinatown, this brand new watering hole has an expertly curated drinks list that pairs perfectly with the refined but delicious share plate menu. Get a cheese platter to nibble at or pick your poisson with smoked mackerel and bonito cured cucumber.
Peaches and Cream
With four happy hours a day and fried-chicken until 3am, Cream and its sister rooftop Peaches are the prettiest new spots you’ll be peachy keen to humble brag you found first. The 60’s pastel booths match the cocktails (try the Let’s Get Physical – vermouth, peach tea and soda), the moss green stools match the picklebacks and the snacks match your late night appetite.
What do Little Lonsdale’s notorious past and 20th century Midwest gangster Pretty Boy Floyd have in common? Floyd’s Bar. Nab a cozy corner of Floyd’s Italian spritz and salumi bar and peruse the impressive Negroni list. Peckish? Pair your poison with a selection of cured meats, Italian cheeses and Terrine. Bellissimo.