25 August

Entrecôte to open Melbourne CBD sister venue tomorrow

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You’ll be able to get Entrecôte’s famous steak frites, quick breakfast options and cheap coffees from the Melbourne CBD starting tomorrow.

The Parisian steakhouse is the brainchild of restauranteur Jason M. Jones and Hopkins River Beef producer Adam North, who opened the original location in South Yarra earlier this year. Service at the CBD sister venue starts Wednesday August 26, with the new venue to set up shop next to Stokehouse City at Alfred Place, the former site of Jones’ and Philippa Sibley’s ticketed fine dining restaurant Prix Fixe.

This new restaurant opening comes weeks after the launch of Jones’ new Elsternwick cafe Bancroft Brewers. Menu favourites from the Entrecôte South Yarra location will be replicated in the new, 70-seater venue – expect more of the famous Entrecôte sirloin steak with bottomless fries, take away breakfast options from a street-side window and daily happy hour deals that’ll buy you oysters for $2 a pop and Mumm Champagne for $12 a glass.… Read more

18 August

Time Out Melbourne crowns the city’s best restaurants at the annual Food Awards

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Eating and drinking our way around Melbourne is what our team of food reviewers do best, and our annual Food Awards is the one night each year when we recognise the champions of the restaurant scene (and throw one hell of a party).

Over 220 industry heavyweights, professional eaters and Time Out readers gathered under the terracotta-covered ceiling at Gazi to find out which eateries would take home accolades across ten categories. Andrew McClelland (who you might have seen spinning tunes at Finishing School and Yeh Yeh) hosted the awards, and while guests crunched soft shell crab souvas and sipped cocktails, the nominees crossed their fingers.

Here’s who won the third annual Time Out Food Awards:

Hot Talent Award
Blayne, Chayse and Tyson Bertoncello, O.My

Best New Restaurant
Lûmé

Best Casual Dining Restaurant
Tipo 00

Best Bang for Buck
Hakata Gensuke (Melbourne)

Best Fine Dining Restaurant
Minamishima

Best Café
Piggery Café

People’s Choice
HuTong Dumpling Bar

Chef of the Year
Scott Pickett, Estelle, ESP, St Crispin

Restaurant of the Year
Kappo

Legend Award
Hana Assafiri, Moroccan Soup Bar

Scroll through our photo gallery for a glimpse of the action, and read more about why we chose these venues as this year’s winners.Read more

12 August

Lee Ho Fook moves out of Collingwood, settles into CBD alley location

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Lee Ho Fook has moved out of its Collingwood home and into an alleyway off Flinders Lane’s  restaurant-heavy strip. The modern Chinese restaurant now shares the backstreets with neighbours Tonka and Pastuso.

Outside, tags, paste-ups and graffiti changes almost daily, and a bright neon sign beckons diners into a the graffitied laneway that the eatery now calls home. Inside, the old warehouse space has been repurposed to house a kitchen and over 70 seats across two floors and the interior expands on the Smith St original’s modern look with pendant lighting, exposed brickwork and blond timber furniture. Lightboxes featuring rainbow-like artworks light the way towards the upstairs dining area.

The dishes hitting tables showcases head chef and co-owner Victor Liong’s love of traditional Chinese flavours… with decidedly modern take. You won’t find 30-page menus packed to the rafters with endless menu items, but a banquet style dining experience is entirely possible with the line-up of small to large share dishes – just make sure you come with enough stomach space.… Read more

11 August

Watch out for Rustica Canteen, a new CBD eatery from Rustica Sourdough

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Fitzroy bakery Rustica Sourdough is about to get its first sister venue in the city with Rustica Canteen. Set to take up a warehouse space in 33 Guildford Lane (the former Utopian Slumps gallery location), Rustica Canteen will be a move away from Rustica’s bakery beginnings and instead offer city office workers freshly made breakfast and lunch options.

For his newest venture, Rustica founder and master baker Brenton Lang is collaborating with Touchwood and Ladro head chef Tristan White and Matt Vero, co-owner of Tall Timber, Touchwood and Marquis of Lorne.

“Although we’ll be open all week, the canteen is built for quick service to cater to the city work crowds,” Lang says. “It’s a move away from the cafe model we have in Fitzroy… there are plenty of great cafes already in the city.”

Rustica Sourdough’s namesake sourdough loaves will be delivered from the Fitzroy bakery each morning.… Read more

4 August

Gills Diner is closing down, to be replaced by Emilia Trattoria

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Pay one last visit to one of Melbourne CBD’s most beloved cafes before it shuts for good. After almost eight years (which is decades in hospitality years), Gills Diner is closing up shop on Saturday August 8 to reopen as Emilia Trattoria on Monday August 24.

While restauranteur Con Christopoulos (of Journal, City Wine Shop and The European fame) will still be behind the new business, the change in direction comes with a change in focus to “a more authentic and inspiring Italian menu”, as mentioned in a statement from Gills Diner management.

A long-time go-to eatery for morning bread runs (from the adjoining Commercial Bakery), weekday breakfasts and lunch meetings for city dwellers, Gills Diner’s current offering already has a serious leaning towards traditional Italian – think antipasti followed by a pasta course and sides – with a serious wine list to boot. Under the eatery’s new iteration as Emilia Trattoria, chefs Luca Flammia and Franceco Rota will draw from their own heritage to create a more focused Italian menu, drawing influences from Bologna and Modena.Read more