The New Restaurants You Need to Book This Month

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Sep 01, 2017

by AKASH ARORA, Features Editor

We serve up Australia’s hottest new restaurants.

SYDNEY

Chin Chin

Food: Melbourne’s much-lauded Thai eatery is coming to Sydney – with a twist. A fire pit and a gas rotisserie are at the heart of the kitchen, which will churn out favourites like spanner crab omelette and new dishes such as grilled flank steak marinated in jungle-curry paste.

Drinks: Michael Chem is behind the cocktail menu, while an ever-evolving wine list will include drops from Aussie producers, including Brokenwood.

Space: This Sydney outpost looks nothing like the original. There are two dining rooms, one with an open kitchen.

Location: The historic Griffiths Teas building in inner-city Surry Hills.

69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills 

Marta

Food: Baked anchovies with sautéed endive, bucatini with mussels and Lazio-style lamb cutlets will populate the menu at chef Flavio Carnevale’s new restaurant inspired by the eateries of Rome.

Drinks: Handmade terracotta decanters will be used to serve up to 120 Italian wines, including varietals such as bellone and greco.

Space: A mix of communal and intimate seating and a separate bar give the venue a relaxed vibe. 

Location: On the site of now-closed Popolo, which is relocating to a city location next year.

30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay

MELBOURNE 

The Mayfair

Food: Inspired by the food and fervour of Sydney’s Restaurant Hubert, Melbourne hospitality supremo David Mackintosh has opened this French bistro. Everything you’d expect is on the menu, from fresh oysters to steak tartare.

Drinks: About 150 wines and champagnes, plus a dozen 1930s- and ’40s-inspired cocktails by Joe Jones, who runs the nearby Romeo Lane bar.

Space: Unmistakably French, thanks to candles, leather booths, white tablecloths, brass ceilings and an octopus-shaped chandelier.

Location: Where Pei Modern used to be, in Melbourne’s CBD.

45 Collins Street, Melbourne

PERTH

Caballitos

Food: Bar owner Andy Freeman, of The Flour Factory and Varnish on King, has enrolled chef Danny Sanchez to oversee the menu at this tequila-bar-slash-Mexican-eatery. Must-order dish? The El Papus tortillas with pulled pork, burnt pineapple and pico de gallo. 

Drinks: More than 200 tequilas, mezcals and Mexican spirits, plus cocktails such as the Lagerita – a frozen margarita topped with ice-cold beer.

Space: Dark, moody interiors, with the occasional pop of pastel, create a textbook Mexican-cantina feel.

Location: Perth CBD, on the site of the former 1907 Restaurant and cocktail bar.

26 Queen Street, Perth