Delicious food? Check. Vino? Check. Gorgeous design? Check. With the year quickly flashing before our eyes at blink and you’ll miss it speed, it’s time to stop, breathe and carve out some quality time with friends that you haven’t seen in far too long. A wave of new restaurants have recently opened to great acclaim in Australia, so it’s the perfect time to indulge with besties and sample the gourmet fare that some of the country’s best chefs have been working on. These divine restaurants also feature curated drinks that stand up to their culinary counterparts, so they are the perfect place to catch up on gossip over an exquisite meal. We have wrapped up the newest and most exciting culinary destinations for you to visit in 2018, so whip your diary out and organise a date with your long lost gal pals today.
1. Osteria Ilaria, Melbourne
This refined Italian restaurant is the sibling of excellent eatery ‘Tipo 00‘. With more space to accomodate groups, Osteria Ilaria is the perfect place to catch up over wine, wine and, well, more wine!
2. Atlas Dining, Melbourne
Not able to travel right now? No matter – take your girlfriends on a trip to Atlas Dining. Inspired by Head Chef Charlie Carrington’s flavour exploring travels, this restaurant changes its ‘destination’ every three months. With menus from Korea, Mexico and Israel so far, and tantalising drinks menus to match, it’s as good as a holiday together (almost)!
3. Cirrus, Sydney
Think exquisite, fresh seafood and newly opened Cirrus should immediately come to mind. With stunning airy decor and melt in the mouth seafood paired with unique flavours, this is the perfect place to sip champagne together to your heart’s content.
4. Fred’s, Sydney
Fred’s is the kind of cosy place that instantly feels like a second home. Showcasing ethically produced seasonal fare, Head chef Danielle Alvarez and her team cook on free standing Tuscan grills and a custom-made hearth to truly bring out the full flavour of their produce.
5. La Lune Wine Co, Brisbane
Adventurous food meets daring wine in this chic and cosy new venue, La Lune Wine Co is perfect for a bottle (or two) amongst friends.
6. The Summertown Aristologist, Adelaide
A quick jaunt out of Adelaide proper, The Summertown Aristologist won best new restaurant in this year’s Good Food awards, so you know they’re doing something right. This is the perfect place to catch up, with large open tables perfect for chatting over good food and wine.
7. Ascua, Perth
For those with a love of fire, meat and basically all things Spanish, the perfect place to try is Spanish grill restaurant Ascua in Perth. Its moody interior and delicious array of dishes are perfectly complimented by a huge range of international wines and spirits.
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