Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Melbourne Review -


The lat­est ad­di­tion Mel­bourne’s wine-bar scene is Lux­smith Bar (above), neigh­bour and sib­ling to pan-Asian diner Lux­smith. The bar plays a fairly straight bat with the wine on the shelves, which is avail­able to take away or drink in, but there’s still plenty of in­ter­est on the list. Craft beer, cock­tails and a brief menu of Asian-spiced snacks com­bine with a hos­pitable at­ti­tude to cre­ate the kind of cosy lo­cal every neigh­bour­hood needs. Cnr Charles and Ga­mon sts, Sed­don, (03) 9362 7333


Bomba Rooftop Bar, long one of the CBD’s best rooftop bars, has upped its game with a sec­ond ter­race and even more city views. The snacks have been ex­panded with a range of tapas – baked chorizo, fried school prawns – now joined by a se­lec­tion of Cata­lan toasties (try the jamón, black truf­fle and mahón), and there’s a good se­lec­tion of sher­ries and cock­tails, plus a list of G&Ts. Per­fect for sum­mer nights, five floors up. Level 5,

103 Lons­dale St, Mel­bourne, (03) 9077 0451


Cibi, the cult Ja­panese de­sign store and café in the back­blocks of Colling­wood, has moved next door to a larger space. The menu sticks to its light, nour­ish­ing path (or­ganic soba salad, for ex­am­ple) with the tra­di­tional break­fast set (salmon, tam­agoy­aki, greens, miso soup) now avail­able dur­ing the week, too. The store also sells pantry sta­ples and fresh pro­duce, and there’s a plant shop and pic­ture framer on site. A one-stop shop, Colling­wood-style. 31-39 Keele St, Colling­wood, (03) 9077 3941

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