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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.

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