Top 5 Best New Restaurants in Melbourne

Melbourne’s food scene is like no other around the world. It is a touching display of our multicultural heritage, with selections from an impressive array of global cuisines. 2018 has been a huge year for the Melbourne culinary scene with hundreds of restaurants ranging from delicate fine-dining establishments to humble, flavourful eateries all making their place on the bustling streets of Melbourne. Here are our top five picks of the best new restaurants that have opened their doors in our wonderful city:



The Middle-Eastern food trend has well and truly kicked off in Melbourne, with dozens of delicious Middle-Eastern restaurants popping up all over the city. In July, Bekka, an authentic Lebanese Restuarant opened its doors in Moonee Ponds and since then has been booked out for weeks in advance! Bekka is the brain-child of Richard and Suzanne Pavlov, both second-generation Lebanese, who wanted to bring the delights of their cuisine to their very own neighbourhood. Richard brings his years of experience to the kitchen as head chef, serving up plates overflowing with authentic flavourful Lebanese cuisine. Make sure to try their award-winning falafel and spiced cauliflower and wash it all down with some house-made rosewater lemonade for the true Lebanese experience!


Bekka Restaurant

22 Hall St Moonee Ponds, 3039


Picture: HWKR

Picture: HWKR

Less of a restaurant and more of a food hall, laden with some of Melbourne best Asian food vendors; HWKR is Melbourne’s newest food collaboration, located a few blocks down from the famous Queen Vic markets. The name ‘HWKR’ speaks of its Asian hawker hall nature, which features a rotation of new stalls every three months. On rotation at the moment until the end of October is 2018 Masterchef winner, Sashi’s first food venture, Gaja, which serves up a selection of Indian, Singaporean and Malaysian classics. Also, on offer is ZOMG things, which is a collab between street food giants Puffle and Poklol, creating an Asian-influenced, American-style barbeque (yes, it absolutely does work)! The third stall on offer at HWKR is UME burger, slinging out elaborate Japanese-influenced burgers and hotdogs made for foodies, and last but not least, there’s son in law, serving up authentic Thai street food, and yes, the Pad Thai is exactly like the smoky, flavourful noodles you’d find on the streets of Bangkok!

HWKR Food Centre

Ground Floor, 137 A'Beckett St Melbourne, 3000


Picture: Urban List

Picture: Urban List

Taking us further around the world in this post is Onda, Bridge road’s newest South American eatery, where everything is all bueno! ‘Onda’, meaning wave in Spanish provides the inspiration for the interior of the restaurant, which is full of beachy tones and Balinese-made furniture, complete with a curving couch down the centre that mimics the form of a wave. The menu itself is very tropical, think prawn ceviche and plantain fingers and there are A LOT of meat-free options for all the vego’s out there! Onda is all about bringing colour and flavour into each and every person’s life who steps through their doors. As you walk in, the restaurant is buzzing with energy and good vibes, its like Richmond’s very own fiesta!

Onda Melbourne

280 Bridge Road Richmond, 3121

Natural History Bar and Grill

Down the flinders street end of Collins street, you’ll find the suave but playfully eclectic steakhouse that is the Natural History Bar and Grill. Since opening in March, Natural History has become a haven for the Collins street corporate crowd, serving up delicious coffee from their café in the mornings and then transforming into a sophisticated steakhouse for the after-work crowd. To enhance your experience and truly make you feel like you have stepped into a museum your meal will be set with a backdrop of a fifteen-meter-long diorama, painting a scene of the natural world, filled with foxes, deer’s and a plethora of wild birds, naturally set in their wild habitat. The menu is filled with classic steakhouse options, with a bit of a southern twist and, in all honesty, you haven’t had steak until you’ve tried the succulent, juicy steaks served up here, they are truly next level. The other standout from this restaurant is their extensive wine list filled with the best wines from across the world hand selected by a master sommelier, need we say more…?


Natural History Bar & Grill

401 Collins Street Melbourne, 3000


Picture: Sunda Dining

Picture: Sunda Dining

Sunda is a modern South East Asian restaurant inspired by its name-sake, the region of Sunda, which encompasses the Malay Peninsula and the tropical islands of Borneo, Java, Sumatra and their surrounding islands. Their menu celebrates the bold and vibrant flavours of South-East Asian cuisine, whilst paying homage to the native produce of Australia. The light-filled restaurant has a trendy industrial feel, with exposed scaffolding and hanging lights creating an exciting sensory atmosphere, to perfectly match their artistically minimalist menu. Their crispy tempeh dish and smoked eggplant are delicate but packed with flavour and are a must-try when you go.

Sunda Restaurant

18 Punch lane Melbourne, 3000

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