New in town

Akash Arora serves up Aus­tralia’s hottest new res­tau­rants.

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Bris­bane, Qld MR PER­CI­VAL’S

Damien Styles, the for­mer chef at Gold Coast hat­ted restau­rant The Fish House, is be­hind the light-food menu at this new drink­ing and din­ing spot. Ex­pect lob­ster rolls and deep-fried zuc­chini flow­ers. An ex­ten­sive menu with 17 cock­tails and 50 wines – fo­cus­ing on aro­matic whites and rosés – plus spritzes, beers and ciders. An oc­tagon-shaped bar is at the cen­tre of the in­door space, while out­side, salmon-pink um­brel­las set the chilled vibe. The brand-new Howard Smith Wharves precinct, about 10 min­utes’ walk from the CBD. 5 Bound­ary Street, Bris­bane mr­per­ci­ Open seven days for lunch and din­ner

Mel­bourne, Vic AGOSTINO & CEL­LAR BAR

Le­gendary Ly­gon Street estab­lish­ment King & God­free has re­opened with a num­ber of drink­ing and eat­ing dens within its multi-storey premises. Our pick is the Agostino & Cel­lar Bar, where you can en­joy clas­sic Ital­ian dishes such as gnoc­chi gor­gonzola and veal co­to­letta. A solid list of Aus­tralian and Ital­ian wines, plus cock­tails, aper­i­tifs and beers. A mix of rich colours, ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures brings to mind the trat­to­rias of Italy. In the heart of the Ly­gon Street precinct, about 10 min­utes’ drive from the CBD. 293-297 Ly­gon Street, Carl­ton kingand­god­ Open seven days for lunch and din­ner

South­ern High­lands, NSW BARN

A sib­ling of the renowned Biota restau­rant, Barn is a hy­per­local eatery with farm-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion. Open for just two din­ner ser­vices per month, the kitchen is helmed by Ryan Ko­vac, whose menu re­lies solely on the pro­duce of the day – be it meat, honey or yab­bies. Ari’s Nat­u­ral Wine Co. has cu­rated a suc­cinct wine list from lo­cal pro­duc­ers such as Cherry Tree Hill, Ter­tini and Nick Spencer. Housed in a barn, the din­ing room fea­tures a sin­gle, long rus­tic tim­ber ta­ble, seat­ing up to 60 din­ers. Set on 40 hectares of lush pas­ture, Barn is 25 min­utes south of Bowral. Kan­ga­loon Road, East Kan­ga­loon barn­by­ Two din­ner ser­vices per month (11 and 25 Jan­uary)


Af­ter 14 years at its Jones Bay Wharf ad­dress, one of Syd­ney’s best seafood res­tau­rants is mov­ing to The Star. Pe­ter Robert­son – who earned his stripes at The Fat Duck and Rock­pool – will be in charge of the kitchen, with of­fer­ings like black pep­per mud crab. Premium cham­pagnes, an ex­ten­sive Aus­tralian wine list (with an em­pha­sis on sparklings) and play­ful cock­tails com­prise the stel­lar bev­er­age menu. The the­atri­cal in­te­ri­ors take their cues from seafood – car­pets with coast­line prints and caviar-in­spired pen­dants. On the site of now-closed Balla restau­rant, at The Star com­plex in Pyr­mont. 80 Pyr­mont Street, Pyr­mont Open seven days for lunch and din­ner

Barn’s im­pres­sive din­ing ta­ble

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