Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Melbourne Review -


Join­ing the restau­rants lin­ing Rich­mond’s Swan Street is the mod­ern Ja­panese diner Fu­ture Fu­ture (above). For­mer Kappo sous-chef At­sushi Kawakami deftly blends mod­ern el­e­ments with tra­di­tional tech­nique in dishes such as raw tuna with av­o­cado tofu and nori crisps, yak­i­tori panko-crumbed bar­ra­mundi off the hi­bachi and, given that there’s pro­volone and matcha in the mix, a sur­pris­ingly good okonomiyaki. Fu­ture Fu­ture, 191 Swan St, Rich­mond, (03) 9965 7900


De­cent Ital­ian has been harder to find than nec­es­sary in Brunswick, but Sig. Enzo re­dresses the bal­ance. More bar than restau­rant, its short list of snacks – ’nduja and ri­cotta cros­tini, crumbed and fried olives stuffed with veal mince – good pizza (go the zuc­chini), and es­sen­tial pasta like ca­cio e pepe and spaghetti and meat­balls good enough to be­come bench­marks scratch an itch for the neigh­bour­hood.

The drinks list is tight but well con­sid­ered with all-Ital­ian wine and a good se­lec­tion of amari and grappa. Sig. Enzo, 1d Michael St, Brunswick, (03) 9388 8718


Turk­ish-Mid­dle East­ern diner Baba­jan is now open Fri­days and Satur­days for din­ner. Owner-chef Kirsty Chi­aplias’s menu com­prises dishes such as pick­led and bar­be­cued oc­to­pus, and a pis­ta­chio, saffron and bar­berry pi­laf, fol­lowed by sweets such as wal­nut baklava, and rose and al­mond mac­arons. The best idea here? The $40 set menu is a gen­er­ous and de­li­cious bar­gain. Baba­jan, 713 Ni­chol­son St, Carl­ton North, (03) 9388 9814

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