Objects of Desire: New Culinary Hotspots




1.) Neptune
When you get the team behind Asian sisters Hanoi Hannah, Saigon Sally and Tokyo Tina together with the Pastuso founders to open a new venue, it’s guaranteed to be a ripper. Neptune is Windsor’s new two-storey wine bar, kissed with all the great parts of European cuisine. A mix of tapas and Mediterranean dishes are available, including chorizo filled jaffles, saganaki and canned fish (don’t leave, we’ll explain) imported from Spain – it’s extremely popular in Galicia and is the perfect accompaniment with a glass of Albariño, which Neptune has plenty of. It’s the type of place you could spend all night in, either sitting at the bar, in one of the booths, or beside the fireplace up back. If you can’t drink all your liquor at once, get one of the waiters to store it away for you in one of the upstairs lockers. Gin locker, not gym locker. That’s what we like to hear.

212 High St, Windsor
(03) 9533 2827

Tue to Sun, 12pm – 12am


2.) Kisumé
Exciting news, Kisumé offers something that is becoming more and more unheard of in Melbourne – every part of the restaurant is bookable. Yes, you read correctly. The three-storey establishment could be the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year thus far. Kisumé is an upscale sushi restaurant set up by the Lucas Group (the same minds behind Chin Chin, Kong, Baby and Hawker Hall). Its salmon slicing, nigiri constructing chefs have been flat out since opening. Foie gras and beef tenderloin, king crab gyoza and seared otoro nigiri are just a few options gracing the vast menu. Detail is omnipresent, from the artistic, modern den-like interiors designed by Wood Marsh and Samantha Eades, to the Alpha60 uniforms stylishly worn by the staff members.

175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
(03) 9671 4888

Mon to Fri, 11am – late


3.) AU79
Good as gold – that’s what this Abbotsford eatery is going for. AU79 is Melbourne’s new Insta-worthy brunch spot – everything from the culinary artistry served up on plates to the impeccable interiors conceived by Melbourne-based firm Mim Design is what makes it one of our new favourites. Encased in clean white walls and a grand pitched roof are hints of warm pinks and soft greys, half-moon cushioned booths, and vivacious plants mounted on walls. It’s hard to believe the space was an old motor garage. The Coffee Culture Communication Group, who also owns Loco Coffee, Liar Liar and Prospect Espresso, is behind this ambitious venture. Customer favourites so far include the confit duck bao burger with daikon kimchi and ssamjang mayo, as well as the truffled croque madame with grilled Gruyere, pickled wild mushrooms, a fried egg and sauerkraut. And, you can add a grilled bacon steak for $5. Help.

27-29 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford

Open daily, 7am – 4pm


4.) Six Slices
‘World Pizza Champion’ is a mighty title for one to hold. But in September 2016, 26-year-old Andrea Cozzolino clutched it. Kew is home to his newest outpost – Six Slices Pizza Bar. Cozzolino set it up with business Francesco Crifo and Anthony Biviano, who he also runs Zero95 in Doncaster East with. Six Slices makes the most ridiculously lavish pizzas our eyes have feasted on. Seafood aficionados, try the king prawn, pancetta and balsamic caviar, or the grilled octopus pizza ¬¬¬with confit tomatoes and potato cream. Otherwise there’s the San Daniele with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto. True to its name, each of the specialty pizzas is cut into six slices BEFORE the toppings are put on. Therefore, there will be no fighting over which piece has more cheese, or that extra piece of salami on it upon your visit – each piece is catered to and given the same amount of love as its doughy neighbour.
Image Credit: Olivia Blackburn

Six Slices Pizza Bar
117 High Street, Kew
(03) 9855 2372

Mon to Sun, 11am – 10pm


May 28, 2017


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