Hello fellow food fanatics. There are so many new openings this month that it’s hard to know where to begin. Big names including Guy Grossi and Andrew McConnell have new places and there is also a bit of a charcoal chicken revival going on. All good news for this time of year where we need as many places to hibernate indoors as possible. Pass the chicken salt please.
I’m a big fan of Supernormal in the CBD so excited about the opening of Supernormal Canteen in St Kilda. This is the newest opening from top chef Andrew McConnell and it’s a variation on the CBD original but with a more casual feel and stronger Japanese influences. The space is beautiful with white washed walls daubed with red sign writing. On the menu there’s yakitori, gyoza and of course Supernormal’s famous lobster rolls. Impress your date or friends with a meal here. This is the hottest new South side spot.
A hidden late night bar down a graffiti covered laneway. How much more Melbourne can you get? Did I mention that this place is from Melbourne’s Grossi family? Yes we have hit peak Melbourne with the opening of late night bar Arlechin. The emphasis here is late as Arlechin doesn’t open until 5pm and you can head there until 3am in the morning. It’s hidden in the laneway at the back of the Grossi’s Bourke street restaurants. Go here for pre or post theatre/gig drinks and snacks. This is the place for comfort food eating with puttanesca pasta and a bolognese jaffle on the menu.
Details: Arlechin, Mornane Place, Melbourne CBD (Ph 03 9662 2413)
That mainstay of country town takeaways, the charcoal chicken, is having a resurgence with the opening of Cookshop Rotisserie in Clifton Hill and Che in Fitzroy this month. There are some serious names behind Che which is brought to you by the same people behind San Telmo and Pastuso. Che is a more casual place with seating alongside plans for a strong takeaway and delivery trade but the South American influence is strong. Che’s charcoal chicken is Peruvian style which means its marinated in Peruvian chilli and beer before being cooked in a custom made charcoal smoker and grill. For the full South American experience you can also get empanadas and drool worthy dulce de leche. Who could resist?
Details: Che, 296 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Ok I admit Hightail is essentially a fancy food court which wouldn’t usually get a guernsey in a list like this but I think it’s worth mentioning because of the top food outlets on board here. Hightail is tucked away in the depths of the Collins Square building which is officially in the Docklands but in reality just up from Southern Cross Station. Brought to you by the team behind Welcome to Thornbury, Hightail is like the permanent version of a food truck park. Thanks to Hightail you can now get the crunchy and juicy Belles Hot Chicken in the city and decent Mexican from Super Taco. The fitout is cool with green and blue tones with lots of living plants and open air balconies breaking up the concrete jungle feel. Good for work team lunches or post work drinks if you are in the area.
Details: Hightail Bar, 727 Collins Street, Docklands (Ph 03 9982 1800)
Shaking up the standard weekend brunch options Proud Sprout cafe has just opened in Collingwood. The thing that’s a bit different about this place is that the menu reflects the owners Nepalese and Sri Lankan heritage. So Saturday morning eggs are reinterpreted as The Rikshawwala made with spiced cauliflower, potato, fried eggs and roti paratha or you can order even more adventurous dishes like the Nepalese goat curry. Head here to get your coffee fix (Padre is on the menu) or for brunching with a difference.
Essentials: Proud Sprout, 76 Smith street, Collingwood