As we return to dining in at restaurants again, many of Melbourne’s best restaurants and institutions feel like brand new openings to us. Especially considering most of them have had to reinvent the way they look and feel to comply with these strange times.
It’s important we support these icons, but the pull of a truly new place is hard to deny. And believe it or not, plenty of new restaurants have actually opened recently.
So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Melbourne from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some of these places opened on the precipice of the pandemic, others opened in the limbo between lockdowns. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.