The Hottest New Restaurants Opening in Australia This July

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Jul 03, 2017

by AKASH ARORA, Features Editor

We serve up the best new restaurants to open this month.

Sydney

The Grill at The Four

Food: There’s change again at Paddington institution Four in Hand. Guillaume Brahimi is handing over the chef’s apron to Daniel Menzies, who’s unleashing a menu of flame-grilled meat dishes such as Wagyu striploin and beef ribs with chimichurri.

Drinks: A strong focus on classic cocktails – Martini, Margarita, Negroni – and a good selection of local and international drops.

Atmosphere: The refurbished dining room with dark timber and a tanned-leather feature wall is seductive.

Location: On the corner of Elizabeth and Sutherland streets in leafy Paddington.

105 Sutherland Street, Paddington 

Rocker 

Food: European-inspired coastal fare – fresh oysters, prawns and clams – is at the heart of this new North Bondi eatery by Darren Robertson (co-owner and chef of Three Blue Ducks). But diners will also find hearty braises and ragùs on the menu.

Drinks: Chris Morrison (former sommelier at Guillaume) has curated a list of 100 New World and Old World wines.

Atmosphere: A relaxed vibe; lots of concrete and wood, plus blue-surfaced tables reminiscent of the ocean.

Location: A three-minute walk from the northern end of Bondi Beach.

5/39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi 

Melbourne 

Bar Carolina

Food: Good timing. Restaurateur Joe Mammone has launched this Italian eatery offering chef Paolo Masciopinto’s satisfying meat and fish dishes and homemade pasta – perfect for cold winter nights.

Drinks: About 100 local and Italian drops, including a good selection of heavy-bodied Australian varietals.

Atmosphere: A blend of Neoclassic and contemporary interiors, with a small courtyard.

Location: Only a few minutes’ walk from South Yarra’s Fawkner Park.

44 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Supernormal Canteen 

Food: Andrew McConnell is bringing a speedier, more brash version of his Supernormal restaurant on Flinders Lane to St Kilda. The pan-Asian menu of shorter, sharper, smaller bites is all new, except for the iconic lobster roll from the mother eatery.

Drinks: A good selection of sakés, cocktails, Japanese beers and wines by the glass.

Atmosphere: Casual seating with a busy vibe but there’s a private timber dining cube, too.

Location: On the site of the now-closed Luxembourg restaurant on Fitzroy Street.

2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda