1st September: Spring & Summer, 192 Barkly Street, St Kilda
Spring and Summer is the newest pan-Asian restaurant to hit the heart of St Kilda. Hosting an eclectic mix of Thai, Japanese and Korean cuisines, the name, Spring and Summer, represents a ‘good feeling all year round’ and is sure to become a key player in St Kilda’s developing restaurant precinct. The menu will change seasonally and is designed to combine a selection of 3- 4 dishes to create the perfect balance in flavours, a key component of Asian cuisine.
The venue seats 50 patrons and is modern and inviting, with a mix of seats at the bar as well as shared and small tables at the rear. Food-wise think oysters with salmon roe, crispy leek and chervil, BBQ corn with gochujang and Ashgrove smoked cheddar, double-coated fried chicken wings with bull killer mayo or wagyu beef pad ee sew. What caught our attention is the matcha pannacotta, presented like a little green garden.
While most dishes come with meat and seafood, many can be altered to a vegetarian or vegan version, which is detailed on the menu.
6th September: Atlas Dining, 133 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Inspired by Charlie Carrington’s eight-month trip spanning 15 countries across South America, North America, Europe and Asia, his first restaurant explores different cuisines of the world as the seasons change. Atlas Dining’s food and beverage menus will be transformed three times per year based on Carrington’s travel experiences. The first cuisine is Vietnamese, which is on offer until the end of December. Carrington’s aim is for Atlas Dining to be a constantly evolving casual restaurant with no rules.
The 50 seat venue offers four- and six-course menus with a selection of smaller plates available at the bar. Carrington is focusing on local ingredients, which he transforms minimally with wood cooking techniques learnt under the guidance of Lennox Hastie at Firedoor. The beverage list features cocktails to match the cuisine, a selection of wines from Australia and Europe, and local Victorian ciders and craft beers.