Visitors can’t judge this latest venture from the Mulberry Group by its location in the foyer of an office building in Melbourne’s city on Collins St. From the team behind legendary cafes Higher Ground, Top Paddock and The Kettle Black, Liminal is a café, market place, wine store and event space. Diners can enjoy delicious food that reflects the seasonality and goodness of the produce sourced from local small-scale growers and producers. Along with good food, the wine store will feature a great range of wine made by producers that value sustainability as much as we do and to support female producers. Each wine is available to take home or enjoy in house. Ground Floor, 161 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000. 0403 251 678.
Slice Shop Pizza
Footscray’s culinary credentials have received another boost with the arrival of Slice Shop Pizza. Its simple exterior and plain fit out doesn’t reflect the New York-style pizza by the slice from the team behind Burn City Smokers, who continue their American inspired ventures. Visitors can enjoy large and thin pizza slices in seven flavours, including 14-hour smoked brisket, tomato, mozzarella and spring onion. Pizza by the pie or slice is only available takeaway. 101 Nicholson Street Mall, Footscray, Victoria, 3011. 0417 112 604.
This Flinders Lane venue may not be new but the acclaimed EZARD has undergone a significant overhaul of the menu and look. Visitors, once they find the restaurant in their location below the popular eat street, will be greeted by the new dimly lit space refurbished by Studio Round and a radically transformed offering. Despite the new style, the restaurant has maintained its fine dining quality that has built a reputation as one of the city’s most respected dining institutions since it opened in 1999. The introduction of a 5-course tasting menu, a complete upgrade on key signature menu items that have been present for 19 years, dedicated vegan and vegetarian tasting menu options and a multi-level wine pairing experience for all tasting menus to name a few; have all played a part in capturing the new essence of EZARD. 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000. (03) 9639 6811.
This Abbotsford institution has been transformed with a contemporary fit out, pouring 30 taps of craft beer and wine, and an entirely meat-free menu. The opaque windows and tiny rooms have been removed, creating a light-filled open dining and bar space. The beer selection is hyper-local, as much as possible is on tap and the menu, whilst confronting to some old time locals, has something for everyone on it, even those usually drawn to a classic chicken parma or steak. 228 Langridge St, Abbotsford VIC 3067. (03) 9191 0149.
A new city precinct will celebrate the best of Melbourne culture when ELLA brings together food, art and music in the heart of the central business district (CBD). Located on the corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe Streets, the new hospitality destination will showcase a host of new cafes, including Colours Bowls, the latest offshoot of South Yarra's awarded restaurant, Atlas. Along with crowdDJ, which will enable visitors to select the music from their mobile device, the precinct will host live music a couple times a week. Staying true to Melbourne’s love of street art, there will also be a mural wall that local artists will keep refreshed. ELLA, which takes its inspiration from the high-end offerings found, in Asia’s train stations. is due to open in May. Corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.
Fitzroy’s newest bar celebrates fun nights with no regrets. When any sense of time makes way for those late nights and early mornings. A sultry vibe will be matched by an alluring cocktail menu once inside the former home of La Sangria Bar. Bad Decisions is located on Johnston Street and just a stone’s throw from popular night spots The Provincial Hotel, Black Pearl, The Night Cat and Naked for Satan. 46 Johnston St, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.
Mojo Nomad South Yarra – coming soon
Following its incredible success in Hong Kong, the disruptive and award-winning hotel collection, Ovolo Group, announced that it’s set to launch its innovative brand Mojo Nomad in Australia. Mojo Nomad South Yarra will bring a unique and exciting concept to Melbourne and will become the brand’s signature flagship property, once completed in mid-2020. It goes above and beyond to offer the best of the design hotel experience coupled with numerous accommodation options, innovative food and beverage, and community focused spaces by activating environments. The social hot-spot will offer approximately 100 rooms which is an eclectic mix of sophisticated accommodation from beds, rooms, large rooms to suites options young professional and global nomads.
Melbourne Skyfarm – coming soon
It’s been announced that a 2000-square-metre urban rooftop farm will open in Melbourne in 2020. The new project, located on top of a carpark across the Yarra River from the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, is expected to produce around five tonnes of fresh produce per year, which will be used in the on-site café and donated to food charities. The rooftop will be home to a full working farm, an orchard, beehives, an education centre, a playground and a sustainable cafe. The Skyfarm, along with the sustainable hotel under construction next door on the industrial north bank of the river, will create a sustainable precinct for the city.
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