New Year, New menus to try in Sydney and Melbourne

Eating out on an occasion needs careful planning on where to go, there’s always our local favourites but in 2019 we all need to try something new. Below are the new menus to try in Sydney and Melbourne and make a memory out of it. The new menu and share plates have been carefully designed to showcase Australia’s produce and exotic ingredients.  


Quay is one of the country’s most celebrated restaurants; the creation of leading Australian restaurant group, Fink Group, and Executive Chef Peter Gilmore. 

The reimagination of Quay has welcomed an organic space reflective of Peter Gilmore’s nature inspired cuisine. The interplay of textures and colour bring new life and a vibrance that embraces the restaurant’s place in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour. An ode to the Australian landscape, from the vast ocean floor, to the cracked bark of a paperbark tree, every detail from the ground up has been thoughtfully considered. 

A new era for Quay, gives an opportunity to fulfil even greater aspirations in delivering a most personal and immersive dining experience. The new menu showcases a 6/10 course degustation and consists of hand harvested seafood to the textures of cherries. The degustation course is beautifully paired with the matching wines to compliment the palette. The restaurant of year 2018 is definitely a memory you want to create in 2019. 


Shadow Boxer – Bar and Kitchen 

 In December 2016, the Shadow Boxer team took over a crumbling, hundred-year-old terrace house in South Yarra on a forgotten strip, to open a venue where they would serve a small menu of seasonal, modern Australian fare, a wine list exclusively stocking small, local producers, and a back-bar groaning with locally made spirits. The menu ranges from simple to exotic – from the forbidden black rice to the pan-fried Barramundi, Shadow Boxer never ceases to please your teasing taste buds.  

Cutler & Co.

Cutler & Co. Dining Room is located in an old metal works factory on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Opened in February 2009 by Chef Andrew McConnell, the restaurant reflects his passion for exceptional produce and memorable dining experiences. Cutler & Co strikes a balance between elegance and simplicity. The menu celebrates the seasons through both an a la carte menu featuring larger dishes to share for the table and the daily changing Chef’s Selection degustation style menu. Classic Sunday lunches at Cutler & Co offer a relaxed take on Andrew’s food, in the form of sharing style dishes to enjoy with friends and family. A new addition to the space in 2017, The Cutler & Co. bar is a destination in it’s own right – a stand-alone venue that caters for a quick drink, a platter of fruits de mer, or an abalone katsu sandwich. The dedicated bar menu celebrates the freshest seafood alongside smaller dishes that are perfect for snacking, or you can work through the whole menu and make a night of it. 


Dead Ringer 


Kick start January with the neighbourhood restaurant & bar In Sydney’s Surry Hills, dedicated to Australian Produce, Wine, Beer & Cocktails. One of Australia’s most exciting young chefs, Matt Halford heads the kitchen with the goal to champion exceptional ingredients and Australia’s produce. The changeable menu displays exquisite small and large sharing plates to ensure you and your friends taste the delicacy in every dish. This New year the restaurant focuses on a new variety of ingredients and new share plates. From Meat Free Monday’s to your weekend brunches Dead Ringer is the perfect venue for you.  

Discover your next great gourmet experience with the Gourmet Traveller Gift Card. 

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