For an in-the-know edit of Melbourne restaurant news, Eat My Words brings you the city’s hottest openings, including the restaurants worth queuing for, must-visit cafes and standout bars for your drinking pleasure.
No amount of money has been spared in the construction of Sagra, an ambitious new venue in Malvern that blends Italian wining and dining with a contemporary art gallery and breezy rooftop bar.
The striking ground floor features a grand central kitchen that’s reminiscent of Mario Batali’s Eataly in New York, where chefs dish out chargrilled meats, antipasti and handmade pasta. On the second level, snap up an avant-garde artwork or a statement piece Race Furniture. Venture further up for cocktails in the open-air lounge, where you can sip a smooth, subtle take on the classic negroni made using orange liqueur, or knock yourself out with a glass of grappa.
256-258 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
Magic Mountain Saloon
When the party-hard crew behind Cookie, Revolver and The Toff in Town launch a new venue, you know the good times are going to roll. At Magic Mountain Saloon on Little Collins Street, you can drop in for everything from boozy breakfasts to midnight snacks. The all-day menu comes courtesy of Karen Baston, whose Thai dishes at Cookie, particularly the Isaan fare from the country’s little-known north-east, are some of the most authentic in Australia.
The kitchen’s open from 7am until 1am on weekends and midnight during the week, so you can get down and dirty with beer-friendly ribs and wings into the wee hours, then return the next day for a Breakfast Marm-tini of gin, marmalade and lemon.62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
03 9078 0078
Tanked Kitchen at Less Than Zero
The crew from Fitzroy’s Hammer and Tong 412 (purveyors of breakfast booze and standout soft-shell crab burgers) have made the leap south of the Yarra, teaming up with South Yarra bar Less Than Zero. This venture, dubbed Tanked – the kitchen is contained in a tank-like structure – brings with it the culinary calling cards Melbourne has come to expect of Hammer and Tong: bold flavours (smoked chicken and pickle sliders), some brow-furrowing pairings (we’re still scratching our heads over the avocado and dukkah on brioche combo) and bite-sized morsels that pack serious punch (surf and turf fritters, we’re looking at you!).
Tanked will be serving up sharing plates and small meals, which are best savoured with a booze-sloshed concoction from Less Than Zero’s well-stocked bar; those with a penchant for whisky can expect one of the most impressive collections of Japanese single malts in the city. Upstairs, you’ll find a pool table and rooftop views over the city skyline.
153 Commercial Road, South Yarra
0425 720 348
Words: Stephanie Mikkelsen