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5 restaurant openings that will have you marking your calendar

01/06/2023

From an LA-inspired wellness hub to a hyper-local wine bar, here are the new venue openings in Australia that everyone’s talking about.

  • Evra Restaurant Bar & Marketplace

    Newstead, Brisbane, Queensland

    This new wellness destination has had us hanging on for its official opening date but is slated to be opening soon. Exuding LA vibes, it will have a luxe food marketplace, wine boutique, and a 120-seat neighbourhood dining area. In the breezy, Cali-cool restaurant, enjoy organic cocktails and fresh coastal-inspired far, or for something more casual, you can buy wholesome pre-prepped meals, bottled tonics and coffee from the marketplace. It's perfect for… long, sun-drenched lunches You need to order… Reishi cappuccinos are set to be on the menu. Game? Look out for… Cali-cool LA vibes mixed with a warm and inviting aesthetic with artistic touches.

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  • Saltwater Restaurant Fingal Bay

    Fingal Bay, Hunter Valley and Newcastle, New South Wales

    The beloved market food court is getting a revamp with new restaurants and cafes joining old favourites. Our pick of the bunch? The oyster and sushi bar Saltwater that will connect with vendors at the fish hall, fast-tracking seafood from ocean to plate. You can watch market-fresh seafood prepared theatrically before your eyes (think live oyster shucking). It's perfect for… a crisp summer lunch of fresh seafood. You need to order… the flame-torched lobster rolls and aburi scallops. Look out for… watch the chefs make fresh hand rolls (and learn a few tips along the way).

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  • Alice Bar

    Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Queensland

    Brisbane is not exactly known for its late-night scene, but upcoming rock and roll dive bar Alice might change that. The new basement bar from Frog’s Hollow Saloon alumnus Pete Hollands is deliberately rough around the edges, with a pool table, bourbon-heavy drinks list and a jukebox blasting ’80s classics until 3am every single night of the year. It's perfect for… this back-alley boozer is perfect for a grungy all-nighter. You need to order… one of the 11 signature cocktails; first try should be the signature Alice Old Fashioned and the cult-favourite Ramos Gin Fizz. Look out for… the restored vintage jukebox with its curated selection of 80s rock ’n’ roll and hair metal.

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  • Four Hundred Bar & Kitchen

    North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales

    Get transported to Tulum on your lunch break at a brand-new, balmy North Sydney restaurant. The Aztec-inspired venue features creative riffs on Mexican dishes with Peruvian, Spanish, Argentine and Cuban influences (think a cubano sandwich so stuffed with pork neck, double-smoked ham and Swiss cheese you can barely wrap your mouth around it). It's perfect for… a tequila-infused night out You need to order… the fennel-dusted baja fish tacos, snapper aguachile, or the cubano sandwich. Look out for… the interesting design that takes its cues from architecture on the Mexican coast

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  • Margot's Wine Bar & Cellar Door

    Perth CBD, Perth, Western Australia

    This hotly anticipated wine bar and cellar door is a love letter to Western Australia – from tastings from local winemakers to interiors featuring jarrah floorboards and red marble from the Pilbara. Once it opens on William Street in Northbridge, you can order shared tasting boards, woodfired pizzas from neighbouring Dough Pizza and wines from an edited collection of homegrown varieties. Dogs aren’t just tolerated – they’re encouraged. It's perfect for… lunch with a group of friends and your best mate (your dog). You need to order… the woodfired pizza is a must (plus they tell you how best to pair them with their drinks list). Look out for… the handpicked WA-grown and produced wines, spirits, craft beers served with a healthy dose of local knowledge.

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