March, New to TheFork
Are you looking for some inspiration on where to dine out this month? Take a look at these restaurants who are new to TheFork.
IIKO Mazesoba, Haymarket, NSW
This lively eatery in Darling Square specialises in Japanese mazesoba: brothless ramen noodles. The idea is to stir the toppings and condiments (chilli oil, vinegar, runny egg, nori, etc) through the ramen as quickly as possible so the flavours coat the strands like a thick, multi-flavoured sauce. The menu’s short and sweet with three variations (original, zenbu or vegan) on the mazesoba plus gyoza or chicken karaage to start and houjicha or matcha gelato to finish.
Pennys Ln., Potts Point, NSW
With a focus on ethically-sourced produce and dishes made from scratch in house, Penny’s Ln. is an all-day café and restaurant in Potts Point run by chef Claudio Morales, who has cooked at esteemed Sydney eateries including Regatta, The Fish Shop, Ash St Cellar and Uccello. Don’t miss Morales’s signature dishes such as salmon terrine, ocean trout rillettes and snapper and ham-hock croquettes.
Il Bacio, Haymarket, NSW
As the Darling Square precinct hots up as one of Sydney’s most dynamic food destinations, Il Bacio has perfectly positioned itself as the area’s Italian diner of choice. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, Il Bacio focuses on modern Italian cuisine with a strong emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. As the name suggests, there’s love in every dish, from Zucchini flowers with ricotta and truffle honey to Garlic chilli prawns with tomato sugo and sourdough and hand-made Linguine with braised beef cheek ragu.
Pellegrini’s Italian, Kirrawee, NSW
Ideal for large groups, Pellegrini’s has something for everyone from Italian classics such as Spaghetti meatballs, Fettucine carbonara and traditional Zuppa di pesce (seafood stew) to wood-fired pizzas, which you can order by the metre, served on traditional timber boards.
Stone and Copper, Fortitude Valley, QLD
This new Fortitude Valley eatery offers authentic Thai, Indian and Malay cooking, led by a chef who was born in India, raised in Malaysia and has worked in Thailand. Highlights of the menu include Thai fish cakes, Malaysian laksa and Slow-cooked lamb korma, with plenty of choice for vegetarian dishes, and a well curated wine list to complement the food.
Port Office Dining Room, Brisbane, QLD
Ideally located next to the both the Brisbane River and the Botanic Gardens, Port Office Dining Room offers contemporary Australian cuisine with modern European and Asian influences, utilising some of Queensland’s best produce. Kick off your meal with freshly-shucked Oysters with finger lime and ginger dressing, enjoy sublime Moreton bay bugs with green papaya salad and tuck into a Kapunda rib fillet with truffle chips and condiments.
Koi Koi, Melbourne, VIC
Eye-catching design is only the start of the offering at Koi Koi, which dubs itself an Asian fusion drinking hall and eatery. Start your night with signature cocktails then sample an extensive array of Asian street food favourites from Chilli salt squid to Salt and pepper tofu and Crispy pork belly with herb salad and chill caramel. And more cocktails of course.
Impronta Espresso Ristorante, Leederville, WA
A true neighbourhood gem, and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Impronta is much loved by Leederville locals and others for its homemade Italian dishes and excellent coffee. Pop in for a glass of wine and Italian cicchetti (tapas-style snacks) including Buffalo Caprese skewers and Polpette sliders, and traditional mains such as Carbonara and Pescato misto (seafood stew).
Bites by D, Mt Hawthorn, WA
This sunny café and patisserie prides itself on its modern interpretation of the great European patisserie traditions. Pop in for breakfast, daily pastries and gourmet lunch options, or book for a very special High Tea or Twilight High Tea from Thursday to Sunday.
Indii Flavours, North Adelaide, SA
Much loved by North Adelaide locals, Indii Flavours specialises in traditional Indian dishes created with hand-blended spices. Head chef Rupesh, a third-generation chef, blends ancient cooking techniques with contemporary ideas. Favourite dishes include creamy Murgh malai, Tandoori poussin and Rajasthani Laal manns (spicy lamb).