Melbourne’s Most Anticipated New Restaurant Openings

We think it’s official – Melbourne’s food scene is far superior to the rest of the country (seriously, just check out some of the new openings!). Of all the great restaurants and cafes about to open or have recently opened this season, we’ve picked out the five that we’re most excited about.

Image credit: SMAK Food House
Image credit: SMAK Food House

SMÄK Food House

South Yarra

It’s not possible. Food that tastes this good surely can’t also be that good for you! Yet somehow, SMÄK Food House kitchen is creating a flavour explosion from healthy ingredients. The extremely pretty (and highly Instagrammable) dishes here use local produce that’s picked, grown and sourced from within a 100km radius. So, not only is it delicious and nutritious, it’s also environmentally responsible as well! We’re currently obsessed with the gluten-free and vegetarian buckwheat matcha crepes with biodynamic SMÄK berry ricotta, lemon curd, lime-coconut sorbet, olive oil emulsion and Brazil nuts. Drool…

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Image credit: The Penny Drop
Image credit: The Penny Drop

The Penny Drop

Box Hill

Next time you’re in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, you’re in for a serious treat. The recently opened Penny Drop is an all-day café/restaurant serving good homely dishes with an inventive, sometimes Asian-inspired twist. The potato and garlic chive waffle with poached eggs, ham, hollandaise, and wakame is a genius take on Eggs Bennie, and the coconut beef short rib with sweet fish sauce, pomelo and soft herbs is definitely a dinner winner. But really, you can’t go wrong with any of the menu items at The Penny Drop.

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Image credit: Noisy Ritual
Image credit: Noisy Ritual

Noisy Ritual

Brunswick East

It feels like one of those places that could only exist in Melbourne. On Lygon Street in the heart of Brunswick East, the soon to be open Noisy Ritual is set to be Melbourne’s first ever urban winery.  The wine bar and cellar door will be open Friday and Saturday nights with food, music, wine and good times. There will also be winemaking experiences, workshops, barrel tastings, and a membership that includes all of the above plus bottles of wine and discounts. Noisy Ritual will be a unique space where wine lovers, aficionados and newcomers alike can come, celebrate, and be merry.

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Image credit: Fitzroy Social
Image credit: Fitzroy Social

Fitzroy Social


Opening in early August, the Fitzroy Social will be taking over the stunning and historic post-WW2 wool storage shed where Little Creatures once operated. Bound to be a great addition to Fitzroy’s booming nightlife scene, Fitzroy Social will be featuring a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients, as well as a bar stocked with a selection of locally produced ciders and beers. Owned by the same group who created the Asian Beer Café, Father’s Office and a few others around town, this is set to be another one of Melbourne’s best go-to hang-outs. 

What did you think of Fitzroy Social? We’d love to hear about it on True Local.

Image credit: Honcho
Image credit: Honcho


Melbourne (Chinatown)

The former head chef of casual bar and restaurant Northern Light in Collingwood is moving on to bring his signature Japanese-Korean-Chinese style cooking to a whole new level. In September, Honcho will be opening in a little spot on Punch Lane in Chinatown where freshly grilled yakitori and a raw bar of Japanese and Chinese-inspired seafood dishes will be the main attraction. Until the opening, the chef is keeping Melbourne well-fed at his night noodle bar pop-up set up at The Hotel Windsor on Spring Street.

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