New Melbourne restaurants

Smith and Daughters

Smith and Daughters

Melbourne’s culinary offerings are ever evolving with a spate of new restaurants, cafes and bars opening up within the city centre and surrounding precincts. Here is a snapshot of just some of the latest restaurants to open over the past month.

Smith & Daughters – It’s only when diners reach the end of a hearty and heartening meal at Brunswick Street’s Smith & Daughters that they realise that not a scrap of meat has passed their lips. The vegan philosophy is certainly no gimmick, with the Mexican-influenced food well-considered, filling, and most importantly, tasty. A rock n’ roll vibe and friendly staff are thrown in for good measure to ensure a top night out. 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Feast of Merit – It’s hard to pick what’s going to make diners feeling the most warm and fuzzy about dining on the Middle Eastern influenced fare at Richmond’s Feast of Merit. Is it the scrumptious seasonal produce and raw foods, or the local, ethical and sustainable philosophy? Or that it’s a social enterprise, with all profits directly supporting youth education and leadership projects? Satisfying all round. 117 Swan Street, Richmond

Luxembourg Bar & Bistro – It’s all bonjour and bienvenue at the former Golden Fields site Luxembourg where contemporary dining’s dream team Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson have cultivated a sophisticated European bar and bistro. The menu features classic and modern European-style fare with a focus on plates to be shared. Book in (yes, you can book) for lunch, dinner, or the ever-so-civilised ‘cinq a sept’ – the 5–7pm oyster happy hour. 2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

In addition to this Andrew McConnell’s new Supernormal has opened on Flinders Lane and the pop up Rue and Co has opened on Collins Street.


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