New Restaurants You Should Book a Table at Now

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Mar 28, 2018

by AKASH ARORA, Features Editor

Akash Arora serves up Australia’s hottest new restaurants.

Brisbane, Qld

Three Blue Ducks

Food: After opening three stellar venues in NSW, the TBD team brings its food and philosophy to the spanking-new W Brisbane. Equipped with a woodfired oven and rotisserie, the kitchen serves favourites such as spanner crab scramble with green mango.

Drinks: Craft beers, crisp wines and inventive cocktails feature on the drinks list.

Space: Earthy tones, stone and timber contribute to the dining room’s relaxed vibe.

Location: The third floor of soon-to-open W Brisbane hotel in the CBD.

81 North Quay, Brisbane

Sydney, NSW 

Poly

Food: Ester owner-chef Mat Lindsay is opening a new haunt in Surry Hills but it’s nothing like his Chippendale restaurant. For starters, it’s a wine bar with handheld food, most of it cooked over charcoal. “Everything is designed to go with the drinks,” he says.

Drinks: About 100 wines appear on the always-changing menu – all organic and natural from small-batch producers and many specifically made for Poly.

Space: Exposed beams and a concrete bar pay homage to Poly’s site, the heritage-listed Paramount House.

Location: Across the road from Chin Chin and right next to Paramount Coffee Project in Surry Hills.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Sydney, NSW

Bar Patrón by Rockpool

Food: Mexican chef Pamela Valdes Pardo is at the helm of Neil Perry’s new restaurant, offering lunch, pre-theatre, dinner and late-night dining. Tacos, tamales, tostadas and everything in between are on the menu as well as pastries handmade on site.

Drinks: Patrón is the official (and only) tequila on the menu, along with a selection of cocktails and Spanish, Chilean and Portuguese wines.

Space: Marble, timber and leather in warm tones mingle against the backdrop of a simple yet sophisticated white palette.

Location: Two minutes’ walk from Customs House at Sydney’s Circular Quay.

2 Phillip Street, Sydney

Perth, WA

Garum 

Food: Guy Grossi will give Western Australian ingredients a Roman twist at this osteria in soon-to-open hotel The Westin Perth. Expect Fremantle octopus topped with olives, tomato and capers and White Rocks veal with sage, prosciutto and semolina.

Drinks: Wines from the Italian region Lazio will be the star attraction but there will be many local drops to savour, too.

Space: A soaring pitched roof, peeling plaster, exposed beams and oversize bulbs give the dining room an air of elegance.

Location: The east end of Perth’s CBD.

480 Hay Street, Perth

Top image: Bar Patrón by Rockpool 

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