Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Destination Dining in Melbourne and Victoria for 2017

Long Chim

Thai chef extraordinaire David Thompson will open a casual Thai restaurant and bar along the Crown Riverwalk in early 2017. Taking inspiration from the street food and local markets of Bangkok, it will be Thompson's first Melbourne restaurant.

Food truck precincts

The City of Melbourne will establish five permanent food-truck precincts in March, which will house a mix of 17 permanent and rotating trucks. The sites will be on St Kilda Road (outside the NGV and Arts Centre); Peel Street (next to the Queen Victoria Market); Les Erdi Plaza on the Yarra River (near Arbory Bar & Eatery); Batman Park (opposite Crown); and the underpass on the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets.


With a menu developed by Michelin Star chef Fransico Araya, this dining experience/retail concept offering features sustainable and ethical produce (including fish from Mark Eather, in his first retail venture). There will be a strong focus on high quality produce at an affordable price. Opening in December, 2016.

The Alley

Melbourne's bustling St Kilda Road is going green with the impending launch of The Alley, a vegan eatery that's all about wholesome, fast and sustainable comfort food. Opening February 2017.

Scott Pickett's new venture

Melbourne chef Scott Pickett, of Estelle and Saint Crispin, will be opening a yet-to-be-named 100-seat restaurant and bar on the ground floor of a boutique hotel development in South Yarra. The restaurant will be informal with an in-house rotisserie and roast specials that change daily. It will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, serving brunch on weekends and is anticipated to launch in September 2017.

Nagambie Café and Brewhouse

There will be a new reason to visit the regional haven of Nagambie, when Nagambie Café and Brewhouse opens in December 2017. It will feature a 120-seat restaurant, a microbrewery and distillery, an indoor and outdoor café, complete with a deck overlooking Lake Nagambie – not to mention a lakeside walkway and public boat jetty, so nautical types can sail right on in.

Polperro picnics

Mornington Peninsula winery Polperro will add a stylish picnic experience to its repertoire, in the summer months of 2016/17. Head chef Daniel Kerekes has crafted an elegant, rustic menu that blends European and Asian flavours, and utilises produce from the Polperro kitchen garden and nearby local suppliers. Picnic hampers are prepared fresh daily, and can be picked up from the Bistro, before guests wander off to explore the nine-acre vineyard.

Holgate Brewhouse

This family owned business, founded in 1999 is set to launch a new showroom and visitor experience by mid-2017. The independent craft-beer creator already welcomes visitors to view the beer making process and taste the results at its brewery in Woodend.

The Strawberry Pick

Echuca Moama's newest attraction, the Strawberry Pick allows visitors to pick their own strawberries at farm located on the outskirts of Echuca, Victoria. It is open during the growing season, which is typically November to April, however this can vary depending on seasonal conditions. 359 Lady Augusta Rd, Echuca, +61 414 555 044.

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