New restaurant & bar openings in September – a round-up of what’s hit Melbourne in the past month

Here’s a little summary of what’s to hit/has hit Melbourne in the past/coming month. All details are as accurate as possible and updated as and when they’re confirmed. If I’ve missed any exciting new places off this list, please get in touch here: Send Email.

In Case You Missed It – Check out what OPENED IN AUGUST.


Third Wave cafe melbourneThird Wave

When? September 16, 2013

What is it? Café / Eatery with great food and superb coffee

Who’s behind it? The owner, Inga Feldman, has another popular café in Port Melbourne with the same name. Her Russian heritage helped to bring some Russian dishes to the menu. The head chef, Ryo Kitahara, is a classically trained chef who worked as a head chef of the French Iron Chef’s restaurants in Japan. He was previously executive chef for Heirloom in the CBD.

Size? Seats up to 60. Designed by Alexa Nice Interior Design

What’s on the Menu? Innovative breakfast dishes including Spicy Ratatouille baked eggs or the Texan fry up special with American BBQ slow smoked brisket pan fried with kiefler potatoes, mushrooms, house made BBQ sauce with poached egg. For Lunch they have an unusual Melbourne-Russian specials menu as well. Lately  a focus on American BBQ with a contender for Melbourne’s best Reuben.

Bookings? Yes.

Contact: 30 Cato St, Prahran. Ph. 9510 2991. Website. Facebook. Twitter.

Third wave cafe melbourne



When: End of September
What is it: Uncle’s planning on being a bloody good time on Carlisle St, bar, restaurant, hang-out. Vietnamese food that’s good value, fun and unpretentious.
Who’s behind it?  Rene Spence (ex The Smith venue manager, Pelican) who recently helped mate Jason Jones open B’stilla, business partner Dai Duong, Vietnam born and Melbourne raised. Dai was head chef with Rene at Pelican and then head chef at Dandelion in Elwood. Bowen Holden, owner and all round fantastic bloke at Patricia in the city will be providing coffee direction which will be filter only.
Size: Bar downstairs for 30 pax and restaurant upstairs, seating for around 100, half of which is on their rooftop. Designed by Foolscap Studio (Patricia Coffee)
What’s on the menu? Adventurous Vietnamese food. Tasty morsels. Volume up.
Bookings? For 8+ people
Contact: 188 Carlisle St, St Kilda. Twitter. Facebook.

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Pallet espresso melbournePallet Espresso

When? August 12, 2013

What is it? A contemporary modern fusion of traditional Japanese and Italian dishes with specialty coffee by Sensory Lab.

Who’s behind it? Peter Handras, owner of Purple Peanuts has teamed with Shoichi Ueda, from Michelin, to offer a new type of cuisine with a twist.

Size? 16- 20 people can dine in and take away is available too. The entire concept (interior and brand design) by BrandWorks.

What’s on the Menu? The key ingredient that solidifies Pallet Espresso is the seamless marriage of the two very delectable cuisines but with distinct Melbourne twist. The Chicken Karaage with succulent marinated chicken strips and freshly prepared salad between two slices of toasted sesame bread is a favourite.

Bookings? No bookings.

Contact: 620 Collins Street Melbourne, VIC (enter via back alley). Ph: 0403 235 410.

Pallet espresso melbourne


Racks ribs co melbourne
Racks and Ribs Co.

When? August 5, 2013

 What is it? Racks Ribs Co is a take away restaurant in Caulfield specialising in ribs.

Who’s behind it? The owner is Saul Miller, who currently owns Rare Steakhouse in both Kings street and Little Collins street, and the Squires loft city steakhouse in Goldie place. With a long history of experience in take-away restaurants and steak houses, this is Saul’s most recent venture.

Size? Take away only, however a few bar stools for those who wish to grab a bib and eat in.

What’s on the Menu? Forget American style smoky ribs – these ribs are tangy and bursting with a sweetish barbeque char-grilled flavor.  Specialties include Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, Boerewors (traditional south African beef sausage), and signature gourmet signature sauces which are perfect for dipping your homemade onion rings and steakhouse grade hot chips (chips come with every rib order)

Bookings? No

Contact: 680 a Glenhuntly road (between Kooyong and Hawthorn roads). Phone orders welcome 9528 1000. Facebook.

Racks ribs co melbourne


Hannah 141, St Kilda Hannah 141

 When? September 1, 2013

 What is it? Cafe in St Kilda, serving breakfast and lunch and Proud Mary Coffee

 Who’s behind it?  Owner Jason Bates, previously manager at Mart and Grocery Bar and previously owner of Hell’s Kitchen.  Head Chef Mirko Richter, previously Fitzrovia, Royal Saxon and Pelican

Size? 50 seats, seats at bar, late sixties/early 70s home style architecture with lots of plants

What’s on the Menu?  Killer bircher muesli, free range eggs from Bendigo and interesting dishes such as coconut pancakes with pink peppered berries and vanilla mascarpone.  Signature dish; Smoked trout, cavolo nero, whitlof, radicchio, poached egg and samphire salsa.

Bookings?  No Bookings

Contact: 141 Chapel St St Kilda. Ph 9534 4442. Facebook, web and email to come

Hannah 141, St Kilda
Hannah on Urbanspoon


Herbert Cafe MelbourneThe Herbert Cafe

When? August 20, 2013

What is it? An unassuming Northcote warehouse transformed, The Herbert Cafe offers famed Brunswick-based Padre coffee and all things yummy to eat.

Who’s behind it? Two local builders (Keenan Built) and an architect from Germany (UMBAU placeformspace) combined their respective trades and embarked on a little project affectionately known as ‘The Herb’. From the raw exposed concrete bench top to the recycled timber seating, the fit out was completed entirely of their own bare hands. This is their first cafe venture.

The boys have been joined by Amanda Skipper and Lindsey Galbraith who manage the cafe and provide the industry know-how. The delicious menu is their own creation.

Size? Around 20 seats; including communal tables inside and out. Design and construction: The Herbert Partnership.

What’s on the Menu? Padre coffee, Mörk hot chocolate, Prana Chai. All day brunch-style eats: bircher muesli, chickpea and avocado smash, banana bread stack, house made baked beans, bacon and egg breakfast ciabatta, croque monsieur and more, sweet things supplied by Divine.

Bookings? Not required.

Contact: 41 Arthurton Road, Northcote. Mon-Sat 7am-4pm, Sun 8am-3pm. Ph. 03 8060 3637. Website.

Herbert Cafe Melbourne
The Herbert Cafe on Urbanspoon


Brother Thomas Cafe MelbourneBrother Thomas

When? September 20, 2013

What is it? The first cafe by boutique coffee roasters, Brother Thomas. Having started supplying coffee two years ago, this will be an opportunity to showcase the brand’s take on all things melbourne cafe.

Who’s behind it? Owner – Jerome Dadon, ex-head Barista of the Goat House Cafe Roastery and owner of Brother Thomas Coffee. Head Chef – John Watt, ex-sous chef of The Cricketer’s Arms in Port Melbourne.

Size? 50 seats, indoor and outdoor dining and a large communal table.
Designed by – Mills Gorman Architects

What’s on the Menu? Specialty coffee with Brother Thomas roasted house and rotating blends, gourmet sandwiches and pies, brunch tarts, delicious breakfast fare, daily specials and more. Notables are the bacon and egg brioche slider, the field mushroom and brie toasted grande and the beef cheek pie with salad.

Bookings? Yes

Contact? 350 William Street, Melbourne. Ph. 9329 5006. Website. Facebook. Twitter.

Brother Thomas Cafe Melbourne
Brother Thomas on Urbanspoon


Rustica CafeRustica Sourdough

When? Reopened August 28, 2013 – also open for dinner Fridays and Saturdays

What is it? A bakery café specializing in sourdough breads, baked goods and pastries.

Who’s behind it? Brenton Lang – Master Baker/Proprietor previously of The Good Loaf & Phillippas

Size? 40 seats plus 2 communal tables, Designed by Fiona Drago

What’s on the Menu? The café menu changes every three weeks to focus on seasonal produce while each item is matched with one of Rustica’s delicious breads.  All items served in the cafe are made in the onsite bakery with popular dishes such as brioche french toast with caramelized banana, nutella, vanilla bean gelato and roasted hazelnuts or the Rustica breakfast board consisting of Brenton’s housemade granola, a poached free-range egg on choice of bread, organic yoghurt, seasonal poached fruits, smashed avocado, and organic juice – amazing value in Fitzroy for $15.50.  Customers can also interchange the type of bread they would like with any of their meals.

Other popular daily items co-created between Brenton and Pastry Chef Steve Nicholoff, are Rustica’s hand-made gourmet pies baked fresh every morning (think slow roasted beef cheeks), roast vegetable and lentil pasties, and gourmet spiced pork sausage rolls with house made relishes. For the sweet tooth, Portuguese tarts, almond croissants, fruit danishes, cakes, macaroons and house made jams.

Bookings? Yes

Contact: 402 Brunswick St Fitzroy, VIC 3065 03 9417 7775. Facebook. Twitter.

Rustica Cafe


Lee Ho Fook, Smith Street, MelbourneLee Ho Fook

When? October 16, 2013

What is it? New style Chinese Food

Who’s behind it? Chef: Victor Liong (ex Marque and Mr Wong’s both in Sydney, Pei Modern and Town Mouse Melbourne) Owners: Victor Liong, David Mackintosh and Peter Bartholomew (both- Movida, Movida Aqui, Movida next door, Rosa’s Kitchen, Pei Modern)

Size? 48 seats at the bar. Designed by Techne Architects

What’s on the Menu? New style Chinese cooking, using local and seasonal produce, modern and traditional techniques, Prawn cracker with oriental citrus, Milk bun with candied pork, pork floss and salted cucumber, Sichuan style pickled vegetables and crackers, Slow roasted Yunan style lamb shoulder and 8 treasure grains for two or more, Osmanthus tea jelly and lychee sorbet.

Bookings? Yes

Contact: 92 Smith Street, Collingwood, 3066. Ph 03 9077 6261. Website. Facebook. Twitter

Lee Ho Fook, Smith Street, Melbourne
Lee Ho Fook on Urbanspoon


Bar Nacional - Pete EvansBar Nacional

When? September 30, 2013

What is it? A modern take on traditional Spanish and Basque tapas. Bar Nacional will be the first restaurant to open in the newly announced Collins Square precinct, bringing together the great aspects of Spanish food culture: the lively dining atmosphere, careful preparation and focus on quality, seasonal ingredients.

Who’s behind it? Household name Pete Evans (of My Kitchen Rules fame) and internationally renowned chef Gavin Baker in a unique partnership with financier, Lang Walker.

Size? 60 inside plus outside seating

What’s on the menu? Top quality meats and produce from specialist farmers, trusted fishermen, and local meat suppliers. The menu features a variety of dishes ranging from roasted Chatham Island blue cod with smoked chilies to crispy pig’s head with pickled carrots and horseradish.

Bookings? Yes – and recommended for larger groups.

Address? 727 Collins Street, Docklands, Melbourne VIC 3008 Ph. 03 9252 7999. Open Monday – Friday 8am – 10pm

Bar Nacional - Pete Evans
Bar Nacional on Urbanspoon


traveller cafe melbourneTraveller

When? September 2, 2013

traveller cafe melbourneWhat is it? Espresso Bar

Who’s behind it? Seven Seeds Bridget Amor & Mark Dundon. Managed by Jos Turner.

Size? Standing room only

What’s on the Menu? Pastries by Brioche by Philip and other tasty treats by Gracious and Delicious

Bookings? N/A

Contact: 2/14 Crossley Street, Melbourne. Website. FacebookTwitter.

traveller cafe melbourne


Trailermade food truckTrailer Made

When? Launched August 23, 2013

What is it? Trailer Made is the innovative answer to Melbourne’s insatiable demand for fresh, refined, street food with fast and responsive service.

Who’s behind it? Owners Amy Roberts – Front of Trailer (previous manager at Baker D. Chirico Carlton) and Casey Norman – Head Chef (previous work Cumulus Inc.)

Size? It’s a food truck innit

What’s on the Menu? Eastern European / Middle Eastern influenced. Seasonal menu.

Contact: WebsiteWhere the truck at?. Facebook. Twitter.

Trailermade food truck
traveller on Urbanspoon


Cheeky Brothers Cafe, KensingtonCheeky Brothers cafe

 When? July 1, 2013

 What is it? Cheeky Brothers is looking to be that perfect break out area away from the stress at work. For every coffee sold Cheeky brothers donates 5 cents to the Alola foundation which helps rebuild East Timor. The Alola foundation provides education, builds schools and feeds the people of East Timor. This is inline with the global objective of ending world poverty. Passionate about serving people and providing the highest level of customer satisfaction, it’s what keeps their customers coming back for more.

Who’s behind it? Head chef Helena Duarte Barbosa has a Portuguese background and specialises in cooking Portuguese, Italian and modern Australian food.  She’s very passionate about her food and coffee. They have 3 qualified baristas with more than 10 years experienced. It’s a family oriented environment – so swing by with the kids.

Size? Indoor: 20 seats, outdoor: 12 seats.

What’s on the Menu? Di Bella supplies their coffee.  They sell fresh rolls, wraps, and sandwiches and have rotating lunch specials. Their authentic Portuguese tarts are the talk of Kensington – as is the authentic Portuguese chicken. Realising the sky high costs of breakfasts around Melbourne –  all prices are under $15 and you coffee-up you have the option to choose the Modena blend or the single origin coffee of the week for the same price.

Bookings? No – just walk in.

Contact: 61 Stubbs St, Kensington, VIC 3031. Website. Facebook.

Cheeky Brothers Cafe, Kensington


Hinoki Sushi MelbourneHinoki Japanese Pantry

When? September 24, 2013

What is it? Japanese grocery and sushi take away shop

Who’s behind it? Owner Head chef who previously worked at Suzuran

Size? 5 Seats. Plan to eat out

What’s on the Menu? The “nose maki” – fresh fish and their special home-made sauce on sushi rolls are the signature dish. There’s also a plethora of Japanese groceries such as snacks, sauces, frozen foods, instant noodles and ice creams for grocery.

Bookings? Yes – but for take away sushi. Ph. (03) 9417 4531 Facebook.

Hinoki Sushi Melbourne


Local Birds Cafe melbourneLocal Birds

When? July 30, 2013

What is it? A hole in the wall cafe – three square metres to be precise

Who’s behind it? Two local birds obviously – Sally and Narelle. They’re friends who have known each other for 36 years and been in the industry for forty years combined. They have worked at The Graham Hotel in Port Melbourne, Blue Train Cafe and Bistro 1

Size? One table and 4 chairs

What’s on the menu? Everything is homemade by  the two local birds: choc raspberry brownies, real banana bread, kennel and orange house cured salmon mini rolls, toasted jaffles, mini hamburgers and a weekly salad.

Bookings? Fuck no

Address? 3/306 Little Collins St, Shop 2 The Causeway. Ph. 0449057491 Facebook. Twitter.

Local Birds Cafe melbourne


Boney MelbourneBoney Bar and Band room

When? August 10, 2013

What is it? Music and Food, Eat in and Takeaway, Lunch and Dinner.

Who’s behind it? Owned by Camillo Ippoliti from Revolver, Cookie and The Toff in Town, Chef Karen Batson of Revolver, Cookie and Toff.

Size? 50-60 pax downstairs. Upstairs they seat the bandroom too for lunches on Friday.

What’s on the Menu? The menu is fresh and simple. Favourites on the menu include the jalapeno donuts with maple butter, avocado and corn salsa, the zucchini pancakes with cured kingfish, fennel and radish right in time for spring. Expect to find a rotatation of daily lunch and evening specials too – evening specials are matched with a cocktail.

Bookings? Yes we take bookings

Contact: 68 Little Collins Street Melbourne. Ph. 9663 8268.  Website. Facebook.

Boney Melbourne


October Sneak Peek:

Tulip restaurant, GeelongTulip

When? October 15, 2013

What is it? Restaurant and bar serving ingredient driven dishes prepared with modern cooking techniques in a shared style format.

Who’s behind it? Owners and chefs Matt Dempsey of Gladioli restaurant Inverleigh and Graham Jefferies (previously Wildflower, Pettavel and Baveras).

Size? 60 seats plus bar seating and a communal table

What’s on the Menu? Snacks like salt and vinegar pork cracklings, small dishes like citrus cured kingfish with grapefruit, cucumber and powdered dashi, through to large dishes like a whole slow roasted lamb shoulder on the bone with yoghurt and lemon.

Bookings? Yes

Contact: 111 Pakington Street, Geelong West. Ph (03) 52296953. WebsiteFacebook. Twitter.


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