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Melbourne Eats: Oriental Tea House/ Osteria Ilaria

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Oriental Tea House

David Zhou’s Oriental Teahouse is the place to pair delicious bite-sized yum cha dumplings and buns with speciality teas, from gunpowder to oolong.

Choose from steamed dumplings, maybe pork and shrimp or mixed Asian vegetables, or nab a mixed basket of four different varieties. Rice paper prawns, wontons, seafood and spring rolls come golden fried, and other menu treats include spicy seafood laksa, wonton soup and a good choice of vegetable dishes.

The menu expands further when it comes to the teas, from white, green and black varieties to herbal and fruit teas, ice tea and signature relaxing, refreshing and calming teas to pick you up or change your mood.

Location:Oriental Teahouse 378 Little Collins St Melbourne 3000

Email: ltcollins@orientalteahouse.com.au

Website: https://orientalteahouse.com.au/

Tel:03-9600-4230

Osteria Ilaria

For anyone who’s ever waited for a table at Tipo 00, Osteria Ilaria is a welcome addition to the family.

As the name implies, the menu is like something you’d find at a modern osteria in Italy. The foundations are traditionally Italian, but other parts of Europe get a look in. There’s lamb cutlet, zucchini flower, salumi to start, and more playful items such as duck with a side of nettle gnocchi. There’s a big focus on bread, too, with a few different options including a 48-hour fermented sourdough and a gluten-free grain bread.

This loose approach extends to the wine. The list ventures outside of Italy to Portugal, France and even Georgia.

Location:367 Little Bourke Street Melbourne 3000

Email:EAT@OSTERIAILARIA.COM

Website:http://www.osteriailaria.com/

Tel:+610396422287

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Melbourne Eats: Grill Americano / Smith St Bistrot

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Grill Americano

With Grill Americano, restaurateur Chris Lucas wasn’t looking to create another Italian restaurant. Melbourne had plenty of those already. Instead, his Italian steakhouse is a reimagining of the grills and brasseries prevalent in Melbourne throughout the ’60s and into the early ’80s. The menu’s centrepiece, though, is the grill section and its bistecca alla Fiorentina. A star of Tuscan cuisine, here it comes in the form of a 1.2-kilogram T-bone cooked over charcoal and doused in sea salt and rosemary.

Location: 101 Collins Street Melbourne 3000

Email: reservations@grillamericano.com

Phone: (03) 8616 8010

Website: grillamericano.com

Smith St Bistrot

Designer Sarah Townson of Anthology has warmed up the exposed-brick interior with fresh moss, antique mirrors, gothic chandeliers and burgundy banquettes, which line the wall opposite the bar. It’s stocked with all the makings of a classic Parisian cocktail spot (think dirty Martinis and French 75s) and an extensive selection of French and local wine.

Location: 300 Smith Street Collingwood 3066

Email: info@smithstbistrot.com.au

Phone: (03) 9419 2202

Website: smithstbistrot.com.au

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Melbourne Eats: Stokehouse / Embla

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Stokehouse

When Stokehouse re-opened in December 2016, it was booked up until March 2017 within 24 hours. Such is the love that Melburnians have for the seaside diner, which was founded in 1989 and destroyed by fire in January 2014. The refit produced three distinct spaces. 

Location: Upstairs 30 Jacka Boulevard St Kilda 3182

Email: info@stokehouse.com.au

Website: http://www.stokehouse.com.au/

Tel: +610395255555

 

 

Embla

Christian McCabe believes you don’t need to know anything about a band to enjoy going to a bar and listening to live music. And that wine is just the same.

Location:122 Russell Street Melbourne 3000

Email: ask@embla.com.au

Website: http://embla.com.au/

Tel: +610396545923

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Melbourne Eats: Aru / Navi

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Aru

Walking into Aru – by Sunda chef Khanh Nguyen and Adi Halim (owner of Sunda and The Hotel Windsor) – the first thing you’ll notice is the blazing woodfire hearth. The second is the sheer number of chefs and staff gracefully criss-crossing the room.

The busy kitchen occupies one side of the narrow Little Collins Street restaurant; on the other, diners perch on cosy banquettes and curved timber chairs. 

Location: 268 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000

Email: info@aru.net.au

Website: https://aru.net.au/

Tel: +610399398113

 

 

Navi

Typically, it’s living room lights that shine through the curtains on sleepy Gamon Street. From behind one gauzy grey set, though, comes the glow of Navi. Beneath a corrugated and wrought-iron awning is the door to chef Julian Hills’s first restaurant, where rigorous European technique meets native ingredients and Eastern philosophy.

Location: 83B Gamon Street Yarraville 3013

Email: hello@restaurantnavi.com.au

Website: https://www.restaurantnavi.com.au/

Tel: +610399399774

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