121BC, 90 Secondi, Bare Bones Society, Peel St

121BC Cantina & Enoteca, Sydney

121BC Cantina & Enoteca, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country this week including 121BC, 90 Secondi, Bare Bones Society, and Peel St.

SYDNEY
121BC
Mitch Orr is one versatile spaghetti slinger. With time at Pilu and Buzo under his belt, he has a grounding in tradition, but as a former Duke co-head chef and an Osteria Francescana stagiaire, he's also happy to use that grounding to leap off into flights of fancy that are both fresh and compelling. At his new gig, cooking at nano-wine bar 121BC (pictured here), he's doing a brilliant dish that lays the savour and spice of mussels and 'nduja over the sweetness of charred baby leeks, adorns radishes and pickled salumi with bottarga butter, and dresses purple broccolini with an anchovy-spiked pangrattato that more or less demands something pervy or orange from 121's ever-intriguing all-Italian list. It's a menu that's wine-friendly, well priced, and a lot of fun. 121BC, 4/50 Holt St (entry via Gladstone St), Surry Hills, (02) 9699 1582. PAT NOURSE

MELBOURNE
90 Secondi
Fans of footy and authentic Neapolitan pizza hit the jackpot earlier this month when 90 Secondi opened in the shadow of Etihad Stadium. Named for the time a trad pizza from Napoli spends in the oven, the hefty 150-seat pizzeria is owned by Johnny Di Francesco, who has come to be recognised as one of Melbourne's best purveyors of the pie through his work at East Brunswick's 400 Gradi. A smart timber and marble fit-out includes an open kitchen where a domed and tiled wood-fired oven, custom-made in Naples, is the focus. The slightly chewy pizza has a distinctive thin crust freckled with char and is topped sparingly with the authentic likes of San Marzano tomatoes, Levoni prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella and basil. There are pasta and meat dishes, too, greatest-hit snacks of the zucchini flower and Caprese salad ilk and a sharp drinks list that'll have you cheering before you've set foot in the stadium. 90 Secondi, 700 Bourke St, Docklands, (03) 9600 2841. MICHAEL HARDEN

BRISBANE
Bare Bones Society
Jindalee isn't the first place you'd seek out a former star of the Brisbane fine-dining scene. But as the name of Kym Machin's café suggests, the former Urbane chef's new venture is about the simple necessities. Happily, in Machin's world "necessities" include the likes of fish and chip butties incorporating flathead fillets, and "sandwiches" such as the Southern, a crunchy-crusted warm cob roll wrapped around shreds of pork with cheddar, pickles and a cracking chipotle mayo. Blackboard specials range further, encompassing bistro-style plates such as chilli-spiked seafood linguine or Angus burgers. It has a liquor licence, too, and plans are afoot to hatch a deck to cope with bustling weekend trade. Bare Bones Society, Shop 22, Jindalee Homemaker Centre, 34 Goggs Rd, Jindalee, (07) 3715 5571. FIONA DONNELLY

ADELAIDE
Peel St
The 90-seat Peel St, opened by former Aquacaf team members Ben McLeod and chef Jordan Theodoros, makes the most of Adelaide's new small-bar licences, serving great casual food but also bringing in the drinks drop-in crowd. Choose from prepared food slid along the long service counter (lamb shank empanadas, roasted pumpkin with green tahini, toasted sunflower and pepitas), and a blackboard menu offers treats straight from the grill. Yes, the Aquacaf mulloway pasty makes guest appearances, but there are also other interesting blends of Middle Eastern and Asian flavours, not least the turkey meatballs braised with preserved lemon, pearl barley, mint and broad beans. Peel St, 9 Peel St, Adelaide, (08) 8231 8887. DAVID SLY

Got a hot tip for our Hot Plates team? Tweet us at @gourmettweets, or tag your Instagram photos with #GThotplates.



Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
KingFish opens, sampling poke, hip-hop and matcha treats
07.09.2017
Bridge Bon Appetit, the latest addition to Hubert, opens tonight
06.09.2017
Get to know Orana, Australia's Restaurant of the Year 2018
25.08.2017
Melbourne is now home to a Champagne vending machine
11.08.2017
Is Kisume’s new upstairs menu Melbourne’s most luxurious degustation?
03.08.2017
On the Pass: Fatuma Tikuye, Blue Nile
24.07.2017
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for fresh dinner ideas? Not sure how to make the most out of seasonal produce? Or do you need to plan the perfect party menu? Our recipe collections have you covered.

See more

You might also like...

Hot Plate: Face2Face Noodles, Sydney

Chinatown's new spicy Chongqing-styled noodle bar is complet...

Hot Plates: Higher Ground, Melbourne

The line between cafe and restaurant is blurred at the CBD’s...

Hot Plates: Shobosho, Adelaide

North Asia meets Australian barbecue at Shobosho, Adam Listo...

L'Americano, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Estelle Bistro, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bang Street Food, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Minamishima, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Lilo Tang, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Mayflower Restaurant and Bar, Adelaide

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

The Vertue of the Coffee Drink, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Spirit House, Yandina, Qld

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bistro Nguyen's, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

University of Melbourne Farmers' Market

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Clayton Wells at LuMi

The pair join forces for Sunday lunches at LuMi.

Farmhouse Restaurant, Pialligo Estate, ACT

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...