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Bite size: the Melbourne restaurants to try right now

If you’re looking for somewhere new (or new-ish) to wine and dine in Melbourne then you’re in luck. Pull up a seat at these freshly minted venues.

By Michael Harden
Lagotto
All-day Italian dining, a pop-up bistro from a GT top 20-ranked restaurant and a Japanese sandwich specialist. These are the latest and greatest eateries in Melbourne.

Lagotto

The team behind Collingwood's Congress and Richmond's Future Future is now doing all-day Italian in North Fitzroy. Lagotto follows the template of its siblings, with a stylish, user-friendly fitout (marble, terrazzo, banquettes, indoor plants), great service and a menu of comfort food that starts the day with cacio e pepe eggs and buckwheat polenta with mushrooms and finishes with meatballs and gnocchi. The coffee's good, the wine list sharp and the vibe flexible.
Lagotto, 1 York St, Fitzroy North, (03) 9005 1953, cafelagotto.com.au

Omnia

At the Capitol Grand development, executive chef Stephen Nairn (Vue de Monde) is testing things out at Omnia, a pop-up bistro with a menu that runs the gamut, from steak tartare and whole flounder to floating islands. The 35-seater has a textured timber and leather fitout and a strong team, including bartender Orlando Marzo (Lûmé). Rumour has it that Omnia may stick around, but go now, just in case.
Omnia, 23-25 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, (03) 8080 8080, omniabistro.com.au
Omnia Photo: James Morgan

Saint Dreux

The food court at St Collins Lane has added katsu sandwich specialist Saint Dreux to its impressive repertoire. Taking the pork katsu sando (panko-crumbed pork, fluffy white bread, tonkatsu sauce) as a starting point, Saint Dreux offers variations that include prawn, egg, chicken and wagyu, all cooked to order and served in a sleek matt-black box. There's excellent coffee, too, plus yuzu soda and castella.
Saint Dreux, Shop 8, Level 2, St Collins Ln, 260 Collins St, Melbourne, (03) 7016 8973.

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