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Reader lunch: Fred's, Sydney
24.01.2017

Beat the queues to Sydney's most sought-after table and join us for a knockout summery lunch at Fred's.

Greg Malouf returns to Dubai
24.01.2017

After spending the past 12 months writing books and doing one-off dinners the Australian chef is poised to open an exciting new restaurant in the Middle Eastern capital.

Merivale’s The Chicken Shop opens this week
24.01.2017

Ben Greeno’s long-awaited side-hustle, The Chicken Shop, is opening on Australia Day, right next to The Paddington.

Nour Sydney kicks off guest chef series
23.01.2017

Ghostboy Cantina did it with Temp Taquero in Dixon House and at Tio's. Automata did it with Auto.Lab. And now Nour, the powder-pink themed modern Lebanese eatery in Surry Hills, is joining the club with a guest chef series, too.

Our third Chinese-language edition is out now
23.01.2017

Dedicated to being the best guide to Australia, our latest Chinese-language edition includes a checklist of the country's essential new restaurants, our most beautiful beaches, and much more.

Blanca Bar & Dining to open in Bondi this week
23.01.2017

Bjorck describes the food as "European-style," but with "nice fresh Japanese flavours".

Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula
20.01.2017

Glamour, sophistication and luxury have arrived on the Peninsula, with a crack-team of staff assembled to make it a success.

Stokehouse, Melbourne Review
19.01.2017

An Australian dining landmark rises from the ashes: the Stokehouse is back ready to please the crowds for at least another generation to come, writes Michael Harden.

Marion Wine Bar, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Marion Wine Bar, Melbourne.

Sea urchin sits on a squid-ink cracker with finger lime and tiny discs of pickled cucumber. Ribbons of ox tongue and mortadella are sprinkled with shaved horseradish and a handful of purple chive flowers. Mussels, out of their shells, are hidden under a dark red pile of fiery 'nduja "crumbs". Andrew McConnell's latest venture, a wine bar called Marion, nails the bar-food brief confidently and emphatically.

Head chef Allan Eccles produces the kind of sharp, interesting and clean-flavoured dishes - a casarecce with zucchini flowers, grilled rock flathead, a porterhouse (from McConnell's new butcher shop, Meatsmith), house-smoked duck leg - that seem bound to make Marion an instant landmark.

The feel of the room is sophisticated but relaxed, blending concrete floors and whitewashed bricks from the building's light-industrial past with luxurious detailing - copper, marble, a very comfortable leather banquette - and a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling black metal wine racks.

Marion has its own 14-page wine list of buff-friendly labels that run the gamut from classic small-producer Chablis to funky, crunchy orange wines, but also has access to the cellar at next-door neighbour Cutler & Co. The length of the full list can be a little daunting, but with the calm Andrew Joy (formerly of Cumulus Up) directing the service charge, it all becomes very easy very quickly.

It's early days but Marion already feels like a Melbourne classic.

Marion Wine Bar, 51-53 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Vic, (03) 9419 6262. Open Tue-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm.

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