Get your notepads at the ready–we’ve narrowed down our top picks of the best new movers and shakers in the restaurant biz to bring you our RESCU Good Food Guide to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane…
RESCU Good Food Guide – Best New Restaurants SYDNEY
Building 7A, No.2 Huntlet St Alexandria NSW
Located in an old 1900’s pie factory, The Grounds of Alexandria (pictured top) is a sprawling, industrial-style flagship venue for its specialty coffee, opening out onto a lush herb and veggie garden. The menu is wholesome and delicious– packed full of fresh herbs from the garden and seasonal produce (grown by their full-time horticulturalist, no less).
T: (02) 9699 2225
Three Blue Ducks
143 Macpherson Street Bronte NSW
This small, intimate licensed restaurant, headed up by Darren Robertson (former head chef at Tetsuya’s) offers high-quality, mouth-watering morsels, served in a casual-cool, yet non-pretentious setting (with premium coffee to boot). For dinner bookings, aim to book at least two weeks in advance–yes, it’s that good!
T. (02) 9389 0010
The Star; 80 Pyrmont Street Sydney
Launched just last October, Momofuku Seiobo shot straight into the Three Hat society and Best New Restaurant status–and it’s no wonder, with New York’s ground-breaking Korean-American chef David Chang at the helm. With a sleek, open kitchen style décor, and a menu inspired by ‘the bounty of Australian ingredients and Sydney’s diverse food culture’, Momofuku is a must.
www.momofuku.com (book via website)
RESCU Good Food Guide – Best New Restaurants MELBOURNE
Albert St Food & Wine
382 Sydney Road, Brunswick
The hot new destination for foodies and wine lovers everywhere–this all day eatery, wine bar and store–has an impressive menu bursting with tasty local produce and a sleek-mod décor (pictured above). Note: the dessert menu is not to be missed!
T. (03) 8354 6600
The Estelle Bar & Kitchen
243 High Street, Northcote.
This modest little local eatery situated in the heart of the eclectic and bohemian Northcote, offers refined degustation dining, with tasting menus of five to nine courses, and a relaxed, non-stuffy atmosphere. Simply divine dining.
T: (03) 9489 4609
133 Ormond Road, Elwood
This upscale little local, headed up by Geoff Lindsay, offers a delicious, refined take on modern Vietnamese. The Wrap and Roll Bar is not to be missed, offering delectable first-rate fillings like soft-shell crab and betel leaves with a chili and crushed pineapple sauce. Need we say more?
T. (03) 9531 4900
RESCU Good Food Guide – Best New Restaurants BRISBANE
Upper Level 1, 400 George St, Brisbane
Located in Brisbane’s North Quarter, Public (pictured above) is a stylish, soaring space offering a premium, offbeat menu in a relaxed, comfy environment. We love the share-plate menu mentality, offering delicious street food favourites with a twist.
T. 07 3210 2288
145 Eagle Street
This stylish yet unpretentious restaurant offers an evolving, highly creative degustation menu, which utilises only the best and freshest ingredients available each day. Throw in a prime waterfront location and floor-to-ceiling windows and you’ve got yourself a winner in our books!
T. (07) 3220 2123
394 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
A restaurant bar ‘born out of an obsession for Gyoza and beer’ it’s no wonder it has already garnered a cult following since opening its doors just months ago. The delicious dumplings offered at this sleek new Fortitude Valley haunt have proven so popular, hoards of people line up daily for their fix.
T. (07) 3852 4624
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