Top 5 Must Try New Casual Dining

Rock Sugar an Asian fusion restaurant opened end of last year by three powerhouse; owner Nikon Souphan (Kanpai), Head Chef Kam McManamey (Ex BangPop, Botherambo) and front house manager Simon Tammesild (Ex Mr Miyagi). Serving Thai food with a twist located in South Yarra reachable by public transport and private vehicles, quickly Rock Sugar rise into fame.

Rock Sugar
477 Malvern Rd
South Yarra, VIC 3141
Monday & Sunday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 5pm-11pm

Six Slice Pizza Bar is owned and created by the team at ZERO95, Ciccio, Anthony & World Champ Andrea want to take the art of Pizza-making to the next level. Their tag line stated in the website "What do you do after you have been awarded the title of making the World’s Best Pizza?" In April 2017, they finally opened Six Slice Pizza Bar ad a result of their respectful evolution of pizza.

Six Slice Pizza Bar
117 High St
Kew, VIC 3101

Monday-Sunday: 11am-10pm

Uncle original locations is at St Kilda but recently they opened another location in our very own Melbourne CBD, at Collins St to be precise with the same deliciousness, quality and authenticity Asian fusion dishes.

15 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday-Saturday: 12pm-11pm
Sunday: Closed

United Tapas in the middle of Fitzroy St and from the outside, the place looked rather nondescript. Once we entered the restaurant, the place was warm, with unique hanging tea pots dangling from the ceiling and other unique touches along the tables. It had the perfect ambience for a night hanging out with friends. Specialise in Latin American fusion dishes complimented with signature cocktails.

United Kitchen Dining & Tapas
2/52 Fitzroy St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday-Wednesday & Sunday: 3pm-11pm

Thursday-Saturday: 3pm-12am

Souk is a brand new, Middle Eastern restaurant. On the first glance, it looks like any typical new establishment in Melbourne CBD. But here at souk, the more you look at the details, the more you realise how each elements harmonise into a symphony. So they don't just smack random cool stuff to have that hip look, they synergised them so the total exceeds the sum. You can find Souk tucked at the end of Bligh Place.

13 Bligh Pl
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday- Friday: 11am-10pm

Saturday-Sunday: 5pm-10pm

Vapiano (Invited)

Vapiano has multiple branches across Australia; in Brisbane, Garden City, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney. This winter, Vapiano will launch a winter set to warm us up during dinner time with some additions to the menu. We were invited to their Collins St branch - spacious place, easy to find and located in CBD - perfect.

Famili Ria

Famili Ria opened in February, 2013 located in Surrey Hills, Victoria. It's the most famous Indonesian restaurant for it's authentic Indonesian fish cake, something that is quite rare to find in Melbourne. It's hard to make and hard to make it taste like fish without the fishy taste and smell.

The Providore Swan Bay Farm (Invited)

The Providore Swan Bay Farm used to be the succesful Scarvelli Cafe, now transformed to Clare's dream to bring the ultimate country to the city. It's the ultimate paddock to plate. Through the family Swan Bay Farm at Bellarine Peninsula, she make her dream come true in her local home area. They served wonderful selections of breakfast and lunch as well as take home meals and other produce such as chutney, honey, jam and more. The Providore philosophy is simple. To work with the most passionate and committed suppliers and manufacturers of exceptional produce, made with ingredients that are grown and sourced ethically, therefore giving our customers great products with their story.

Dessert Kitchen

Dessert Kitchen opened in 2012 at their flagship store in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong then quickly expanded worldwide starting with New York, South East Asia and now Australia.

Hochi Mama (Invited)

Hochi Mama is a place I have been before when they first opened. Famous for their pho plings (pho dumplings). Now, they are serving something unique and invited us there to taste it first hand. Fusion brunch? Sure, it's everywhere. But fusion yum cha? What? Never hearing this concept before, I was really excited to try Hochi Mama's take on yumcha.