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Melbourne’s most anticipated restaurant openings in 2017

David Thompson, Chris Lucas, Scott Pickett and more will be very busy next year. Here are the details of what’s opening and when.

David Moyle


** David Moyle’s Melbourne outpost above Longrain will be just as Thai as the ground floor but with the advantage of a leafy roof terrace, natural wine and a focus on grilled things on sticks. Moyle should be firing up the grill in February. Longsong, 44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Vic 

**Long Chim

** Melbourne finally gets its very own David Thompson Thai restaurant with the arrival of Long Chim at the old Number 8 site on the waterfront at Crown. The Melbourne link in Thompson’s chain is expected to open in February. Long Chim, Crown Melbourne, Vic

Related: The best restaurants opening in Sydney in 2017.

**Wilson & Market

** Paul Wilson is opening his “luxe, younger version of The Bot” at the Prahran Market early in 2017. Wilson & Market’s kitchen will dance to the drum of a wood grill and European and Mediterranean cooking. Expect heritage meats, local seafood and heirloom vegetables all sourced, naturally, from market stallholders. Wilson & Market, Prahran Market, Prahran, Vic

**Chris Lucas goes Japanese

** Chris Lucas’s latest as-yet unnamed Melbourne venture will be a lavish Japanese eatery designed by Wood Marsh, spreading over three levels in a 1960s office building on Flinders Lane. Alongside Shaun Presland (the original chef of Sydney-based chain Saké) and sommelier Philip Rich will be two imported chefs, including a sushi master from Tokyo. Private rooms, a Chablis bar and an omakase table (we assume that means a fancied-up chef’s table) are also part of the plan from May 2017. 175 Flinders La, Melbourne, Vic

Related: our favourite dishes of 2016.

**Scott Pickett heads South

** Scott Pickett (ESP, Saint Crispin, Estelle Bistro, Pickett’s Deli) is opening his first southside venture in a new development next to The Botanical in Domain Road, South Yarra. The latest in Pickett’s ever-increasing stable will be based on his Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie at the Queen Victoria Market but with “more of a restaurant feel”. It’s expected to open mid-year. 157-159 Domain Road, South Yarra, Vic

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