A swanky Italian bar, Melbourne's first Vietnamese beer hall, and grilled Japanese skewers. These are the latest and greatest eateries in Melbourne.
Tetto di Carolina
South Yarra Italian diner Bar Carolina is now joined by a daytime café, Cantina Carolina, and swanky rooftop bar, Tetto di Carolina, which features a smooth, Chris Connell-designed fit-out, its own menu (scallop carpaccio, duck-liver-parfait cannoli) and a drinks list that includes classic and Italian-accented cocktails alongside a few Old and New World wines. Add a fully retractable canvas roof and summer is sorted.
Level 1, 48 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, (03) 9867 7954.
Chef Jerry Mai (Annam, Pho Nom) has opened Bia Hoi, Melbourne's first Vietnamese beer hall. Channelling the street snacks of Saigon and Hanoi, Bia Hoi's menu includes crisp chicken skin, fried chicken ribs, marinated beef skewers and Vietnamese barbecue. The beer menu offers Bia Hoi and more on tap, plus a wide selection of Vietnamese classics and local craft beers.
The Glen, 235 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley, (03) 8813 0729, biahoibar.com.au
Joe Jones, drinks aficionado and owner of CBD cocktail bar Romeo Lane, has gone messier, darker and louder with Mono-XO. It features kushiyaki-style food cooked over a tiny charcoal grill, meticulously made highballs, sake, a short list of natural wine and a soundtrack that's fond of Kiss. Good ingredients – tripe, tofu, prawns, sweetbreads – get skewered by co-owner Sam Stafford (Momofuku Seiobo), who brings a powerful array of pan-Asian seasonings to the mix.
191a Smith St (enter via Charles St), Fitzroy, monoxo.com.au