Friends are always asking me what the best new restaurants and cafes are to go to. I generally have my own personal list of new places I’ve heard have opened and eateries I’ve checked out myself so I thought it might be helpful to collate them here as a useful guide to what’s hot and new each month. This month there’s lots to choose from, get your eating pants on:
Wilson & Market
Full disclaimer: I’m a tiny bit excited about the new venue from top chef Paul Wilson (formerly of The Botanical and Lady Carolina). Part of the foodie paradise that is Prahran Market, Wilson & Market makes the most of the market’s top notch fresh produce for the all day men which goes from brunch to brasserie. There’s a carvery and the menu is broad ranging while drawing on Wilson’s Brit background with items like the all day full English breakfast and Scotch eggs. One to go straight to the top of your foodie wish list.
Wilson & Market, 163 Commercial Rd, Prahran (03) 9804 7530
Fans of French fromage rejoice! Australia’s first Tarte Flambée restaurant is now open at the Windsor end of Chapel street. Tarte Flambée is like a French version of pizza. Resto Bobo’s tartes are made with a crispy base and topped with imported French cheese. There are French (and Aussie) wines to match. It’s a small space just down from the always heaving Hawker Hall. Rough brick walls and high bar stools and tables give the place a casual feel. You’ll find me here snuggled up on a winter evening with the tarte topped with goats cheese and prunes and a glass of vin rouge.
Resto Bobo, 110 Chapel street, Windsor
House of LuLu White
There’s a new name, a new look and a new menu for what was South Yarra cafe and restaurant Sth Central. Caterers to the stars, Tommy Collins, and hospitality pro Leeroy Smith are behind the House of Lulu White and they’ve had a bit of fun with this one with a quirky menu split into ‘naughty’ and ‘nice’. Personally they had me at breakfast ramen although I must also admit the phrase ‘bottomless brunch’ also caught my attention. On the weekend you can act like you’re in NYC and have 1.5 hours of drinks to go with your brunch for $30. Dangerous.
House of LuLu White, 4 Yarra Street, South Yarra
Wings of Glory
Lunch time in the CBD just got spicier with the opening of a branch of South Melbourne chicken wings store Wings of Glory. The boneless wings and chicken wraps are finger lickin’ good and there’s a special shout out for the chips which are hand cut and double cooked. Everything is made on site at this casual little place which is cheap, cheerful and totally addictive. Wings of Glory is also licensed for when lunch becomes a long lunch or even linner.
Wings of Glory, 288 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD.