OUT AND ABOUT
There’s every reason to be happy as the year progresses, with some of Vogue Entertaining + Travel ’s favourite chefs expanding their horizons. It started up north in November, with Brisbane’s David Pugh opening the Three Bistro in Fortitude Valley as a more casual companion to his acclaimed fine diner, Restaurant Two. Early reports have been positive.
Meanwhile, it’s no secret we think George Calombaris, of Melbourne’s The Press Club, is a kitchen legend, with his fantastic modern twists to Greek traditions. He’s now opened Maha Bar & Grill in a designer-basement setting, and installed Shane Delia, formerly of Chateau Yering, in the kitchen. The menu weaves Mediterranean magic into the Middle Eastern cuisine, and the cellar includes wines from Lebanon and Israel. The real winners will be Melbourne’s night owls, with supper served until 3am from Thursday to Saturday.
Matthew Kemp, who blends his British background with French influences and packs them in at Restaurant Balzac in Sydney’s Randwick, has taken that successful neighbourhood formula across the Bridge to The Burlington in Crows Nest. Last but far from least, Guillaume Brahimi of Guillaume at Bennelong at the Opera House travels the farthest to launch Bistro Guillaume at Melbourne’s Crown Complex next month. For all the latest openings, pick up the new copy of Vogue Entertaining + Travel from next Wednesday.