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Hartsyard redefined Australia’s perceptions of American cuisine. Now, owners Gregory Llewellyn and Naomi Hart are at it again with the finest new watering hole to open in recent years. This bar-cumrestaurant has the finest beers, wines and cocktails on offer, plus a small, specialised seafood menu. Order the Cloudy Bay Clams Casino – a staple straight from New England, USA. 125 Enmore Rd, Sydney Entrepreneur Jess Ho wanted to showcase small producers of wine and spirits from all over the world – and has done exactly that in this cute vino bar. The dynamic list will change as different drops become available, but cocktails will be kept to the classics. As for food, the menu’s small too – eight to 10 items that prove offal is tasty and vegetables can be the hero on a plate. 20-22 Yarra Place, Melbourne With the tagline ‘eat like you give a f@ck’, this sweary bible champions cleaner, healthier food. LA vegans Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis have had major cut-through with meat eaters, and here’s the thing: there’s no suggestion of giving up steak night. “Vegans have a reputation for being militant, but it is nice to have a healthy vegan meal sometimes,” says Holloway. “You can be a normal meat-eating person and enjoy vegan meals too. Fuck man, give it a try.” thugkitchen.com
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