Dig into the latest foodie spots you need to add to your reservation rotation ASAP.
Ping Pong | Newstead
If you’ve already been privy to Morning After’s inventive brunch offerings or Yolk’s humble staples, then there’s no need for us to list Yianni Passaris’ credentials – you know he delivers the goods. However, operating two cult-favourite digs wasn’t enough for the foodie legend. He’s now fulfilling a long-term goal of opening a contemporary cool Thai restaurant with Ping Pong. In collaboration with Thai master Chef Bowyo, Ping Pong is dishing out far from tame bar snacks and share-style larger plates that won’t empty your pocket. Standout plates include the perfectly slow-cooked beef cheek massaman curry and drinks will feature good ol’ fashioned natural wines, cocktails and boozy slushies. It’s the multi-sensory experience that will have you bouncing off the table.
Eterna | Fortitude Valley
Do as the Romans do with delicious seasonal ingredients and simple preparations at the Valley’s latest late-night joint. From the culinary geniuses behind Salt Meats Cheese comes Eterna: the casually sophisticated restaurant offering pared-back flavours in the form of Roman cornerstones. Authentic recipes will pay homage to the Eternal City in the genuine tastes of suppli (a street-food style of arancini), rustic pollo alla Romana (Roman-style chicken) and Porchetta di Ariccia (Roman-style pork), while universal favourites such as cacio e pepe and carbonara will be lovingly prepared they way they are meant to be. As for drinks, the nocturnal spirits of New York will be channelled literally into the menu of classic gin martinis, Cardinales (Roman variation of the Negroni) and ever-flowing wine.
Emily Yeoh Restaurant | Paddington
With former MasterChef alumni Emily Yeoh at the helm, this new Asian-fusion space is bringing a cross-pollination of Malaysian, Chinese and Cantonese flavours to Paddington. From flambé pork to the fragrant beef-brisket curry, fried egg noodle with shredded duck and even Emily’s mother’s own secret Hainanese chicken recipe, the menu takes Emily’s culinary beginnings and transforms them to reflect the true gastronomic genius she is now. It’s a huge claim but one that truly fits the bill – since leaving MasterChef, Emily has added GOMA Restaurant, BlackBird Bar & Grill and Melbourne’s famed Attica Restaurant to her resumé. Now she’ll be filling Given Terrace with the wafting aroma of exotic and family-friendly modern-Asian flavours in sustainable, farm to plate dining.
Amongst simple kerbside tables, milk crate stools and a standing bar, specialty coffee lovers on the south side of the river will find their go-to. The Black Lab Coffee Co.’s new baby on Montague Road will be slinging takeaway espresso crafted from their signature Platinum Blend, bringing you beautiful caramel creaminess that’s typical of Columbian and Guatemalan espressos. For those wanting to experiment with a more exclusive sip, BLK BOX will also be rotating through their single origin and microlot coffees on batch brew. As for food, like in its older sibling Blackout in Paddington, the usual suspects will be cropping up with brekky muffins, protein balls and granola cups served alongside espresso, brew bar and cold drip options.