The doors of Melbourne’s hospitality venues were shuttered for dine-in services when the federal government announced a nationwide shutdown. Now, dining establishments around Melbourne have been given the green light to start operations again – though within strict physical distancing parameters. As of June 1, venues will be allowed to have a maximum of 20 patrons at one time.
We’ve collated a rolling list of Melbourne’s venues that will be offering dine-in services. It’s by no means an exhaustive list of the venues taking action right now; rules and restrictions are changing quickly, and everyone is doing their best to keep up. We recommend checking the social media accounts of your favourite venues for the most up-to-date information.
Note that with the number of patrons capped at 20 people, bookings are essential for all venues on this list unless otherwise stated. Don’t be a jerk and do a no-show; people’s livelihoods are at stake.
Where you can eat
Book your seat online at one of Melbourne’s most-loved wine bars serving food cooked over woodfire from June 1.
Daughter In Law
Modern Indian food served with high spirits, smart cocktails and a punchy wine list can be enjoyed in-house from June 1. Book online.
Book your table online to be in one of three seatings at Jessi Singh’s ‘Champagne disco’ where you can pair Champagne (obviously), classic wines and modern cocktails with bar snacks injected with an Indian flair. Don’t go past the butter chicken paté.
Great news! Marameo will be trading under its usual (and full) hours from June 3, so call your closest friends and plan your lunch and dinners. Bookings are essential via its website and takeaway will run until restrictions are lifted.
Melbourne’s original all-day diner is back, with a few changes. Bookings can be made via the website and for parties six and larger. An email will be required to see if the restaurant can accommodate. Seating times will be in place for each service, check the website for more details.
Lunch ramen and dinner banquets featuring Supernormal’s greatest hits will be back from June 6. Bookings are possible for both services and available on its website. Email through if you have a party of 8 or more.
Want a venue all to yourself for a private function? Modern Chinese restaurant, Ruyi is offering this from Mondays to Wednesdays from June 4, with regular dining from Thursdays to Saturdays. Book online.
For some escapist dining and drinking, Mjolner is reopening on Fridays and Saturdays from June 5. Walk-ins are welcome, but bookings via the website are strongly recommended due to dine-in restrictions.
Eau de Vie
For speakeasy-style drinking and dining, from June 5, you can book a table or even an event at Eau de Vie. It will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only until restrictions ease.
If your whisky collection is looking a bit sad and you’re hanging out for some beer on tap, you’ll only have to hold out until June 5 for some variety. Boilermaker will be open for walk-ins and functions on Fridays and Saturdays, but bookings are strongly encouraged.
Rip into some smoked meats and southern classics from June 1 by booking a table via Fancy Hanks’ website. Capacity is reduced due to government restrictions, so risking a walk-in would not be recommended.
From June 1, chilli crab jaffles, bottomless yum cha brunch, short rib Vegemite rendang and taro-misu will be back in action at the modern Chinese diner, Tian38. Walk-ins welcome.
The dining room will reopen from June 4 so you can smash (quite literally) that Masterchef Black Box dessert for yourself. Book via the website.
Capacity is severely capped, but word is Liberty will be open for bookings from June 1 via its website. In the meantime, it will continue its ready-made meal service and takeaway bottle shop.
This red sauce restaurant will reopen the week of June 1 with bookings available online. Takeaway and delivery will still run until a full restaurant dine-in is available.
Ichi Ni Nana
The benefit of having many private rooms is being able to serve more people. Book a spot for you and your friends via the website to enjoy modern Japanese izakaya food and drinks. Just be aware that each seating is one hour and 45 minutes long, so don’t be late.
Builders Arms Hotel
Do you miss the whipped cod roe, cheeseburger and meat from the rotisserie? Well, Builders is back from June 1 for meals in the public bar and dining room. Bookings are essential via the website. Email for parties larger than 8.
Cutler and Co
From June 4, McConnell’s fine-diner will open Thursdays-Sundays and will be running a more relaxed service for all-day dining on Sundays. As always, bookings are essential.
Reservoir’s brewhouse will reopen from June 4 with capped numbers for dining and drinking in. Roadhouse BBQ will be providing smoked meats to go with those beers, but if you’re unable to be seated, one-litre howlers are still being delivered within a five-kilometre radius.
Red Sparrow Pizza
From June 1, you’ll be able to order your vegan pizza and eat it in-store as well. Bookings are essential and can be made via its website.
Old Raffles Place
This family-owned and operated Singaporean restaurant in Collingwood is reopening from June 2. Enjoy its signature laksa, Assam dishes and street food classics by calling 03 9417 4450 to make a booking.
Mary Eats Cake
Book your next high-tea experience at this Brunswick cafe. Enjoy scones, finger sandwiches, desserts and artisan teas from June 4 by booking your seat on its website.
Do you miss receiving your pasta in a bowl rather than a takeaway container? Ciao Mamma is reopening for sit-down dining from June 2. Book via the website.
The Rochester Hotel
Pub meals, pints and good banter will return to the Rochey from June 5. The pub will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until restrictions are lifted. Booking can be made via email.
If you’ve got a hankering for some vegan-friendly Lebanese soul food, make a booking at Teta Mona for June 1 now by calling 03 9380 6680. It’s not that the entire menu is vegan, but if you bring your vegan mate, they won’t miss out.
Brunswick neighbourhood favourite, Rin Sura, is back from June 2, dishing up modern Thai food. Call 03 9942 7047 for more information and how to book.
If iso-life has robbed you of the communal, sliced-at-the-table, Peking duck experience with a side of sass, cheap BYO and guaranteed good times, then call 03 9417 2438 to book the number of ducks you’d like to push down your face hole from June 1.
From June 4, Lagoon is opening its doors from Thursdays to Sundays to serve up its modern Chinese menu. Bookings are essential and available via the website. If there is a demand for dining in, the team will extend its days of trade.
Carlton Wine Room
The benefit of having so many rooms and private areas is that Carlton Wine Room will be able to serve its anchovy on fried bread, boozy rum baba and excellent wine list to more people than most venues. Doors are set to open from June 1 with seatings being limited to 1.5hrs. Bookings are available via its website and it will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the restrictions change.
Jerry Mai’s Vietnamese beer hall and grill restaurant will reopen June 3. Book via the website.
You can enjoy Middle Eastern fusion that is vegan, vegetarian and coeliac friendly in South Kingsville’s Dukkah by calling 03 9399 3737 to book your table from June 2.
Toorak Road’s Turkish fine diner will open its doors on June 2 with a 6pm and 8pm seating, with the ability to accommodate for 20 people. Bookings are essential and can be made via the website.
Bookings will be available from June 1 at South Yarra’s swanky fine diner.
Bang Bang at the Rifle Club
Bang Bang will reopen with a new menu, serving up the same Asian-fusion flavours it’s known for. With limited seats available at any time, bookings are essential and can be made through emailing the restaurant directly with your enquiry.
Miss being seen while eating stellar Italian fare? Bar Carolina is opening from June 1 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bookings must be made via the website, but don’t despair if you miss out, takeaway will still be running until the restrictions are fully lifted.
Tetto di Carolina
Dining in Tetto will resume under varied hours from June 3, with up-to-date hours and bookings available through the website. We hear whispers of a whole new menu, so keep an eye out.
The benefit of having many private rooms is being able to serve more people. Book a spot for you and your friends via the website to enjoy modern Japanese izakaya food and drinks. Just be aware that each seating is one hour and 45 minutes long, so don’t be late.
Point Leo Estate and Laura
If you like your meals with a side of sculpture park, you’ll be glad to hear that Mornington Peninsula’s Point Leo Estate and its fine-diner counterpart Laura is reopening from June 1 for lunch, 7 days, and dinner from Thursdays to Sunday. Bookings are essential via its website.
This 20-year-old Japanese diner and teppanyaki house in Southbank is taking bookings for June 1 and beyond. With private dinings rooms and different zones, there will be capacity for more than 20 diners, but bookings are still essential via the website.
If you plan on going to Dandenong from June 1 and suspect you’ll be craving Italian food cooked in a woodfire oven, Oro Bianco is taking bookings via its website. The full menu will be on offer and Oro Bianco will be open seven days.
Ripponlea Food and Wine
From June 3, you’ll be able to book into one of three seatings, which run for 1.5 hours each, including a cocktail hour beginning at 4.30pm. The full a la carte menu will be available alongside specials like pasta Wednesdays and Negroni Thursdays. Bookings are available via the website and takeaway will be running alongside dine-in until restrictions change.
Joe Vargetto will be running an authentic Sicilian menu for dining in, along with the hot pick-up and delivery service. Guests will be seated in the main dining room and also in the private dining areas. Call 03 9853 6929 or email [email protected] for bookings.
Bookings for this casual Aussie-Japanese restaurant are now available online. Takeaway will also run until restrictions are fully lifted.
This modern Italian eatery is now taking bookings for June 1 and beyond. Visit its website or call 03 9428 0749 to make a reservation.
Beaconsfield’s farm-to-table favourite is reopening with bookings available from June 4. Book online, via its website.
This Balwyn pizzeria and restaurant is reopening from June 1 for reservations. Order from an extensive menu of traditional and gourmet pizza. Ring 03 9830 4700 to reserve your table.
We Melburnians are serious about coffee, which means quality beans and brewing kits are a home necessity
Melburnians are notorious coffee snobs. We are proud of our coffee culture, the quality and standards that we have set for ourselves and the rest of the world recognises that. It is not unusual to come across a commercial set up in someone’s home or be served coffee out of an Aeropress in an office. Thankfully, along with the gadgets, quality beans in whatever form designed for your ideal preparation is always available to be delivered to you – these are the cream of the crop. Need some food to go with that delivery coffee? These restaurants will sort you out. Prefer to go out for food instead? Head to a farmers market.
The best coffee delivery in Melbourne
Market Lane Coffee: Queen Victoria Market
Market Lane, one of the first and best specialty coffee shops in Melbourne has opened its fourth store inside the deli hall. It’s the same deal here as at all the other joints – brewing equipment and bags of freshly roasted coffee beans fill an immaculately designed space. Owners Fleur Studd and Jason Scheltus are two of the most coffee-devoted individuals in this city. Hit the website to order single bags, coffee subscriptions according to your consumption, equipment and even find out the best methods for brewing at home.
Restaurants- St Ali, South Melbourne
Melbourne’s most well-known specialty coffee house, St Ali, will deliver single bags of coffee, coffee packs, subscriptions, its own instant coffee, tea and even hand sanitiser to your door. Brewing kits from St Ali are just as serious as its coffee offering, with Moccamasters coming with coffee subscriptions and La Marzocco machines available for purchase alongside a personal training session from its award-winning staff. St Ali takes caffeine very seriously.
Coffee at Parlour Lane Roasters
It started out as a third-wave café in Melbourne, now it’s a coffee empire. Proud Mary wears many fancy hats: unbelievably popular warehouse-style café in Collingwood, wholesale coffee roasters stocking some of Melbourne’s best venues and training ground for award-winning baristas. The online store stocks a range of its beans, from blends to single-origin and the pricey, coveted Geisha available only via subscription.
Coffee at Seven Seeds
Seven Seeds is all about the coffee: see the in-house coffee plants, coffee laboratory and temperature-controlled storage space. Do they make a good coffee? The answer, folks, is yes. Order the beans online where each blend or roast is accompanied by as much detail as you would receive if you were in store. So shop with confidence. You can always refer to the website for brewing instructions, or even the best coffee to suit the equipment you already have at home. Brilliant.
Restaurants, Cafés, Dukes Coffee Roasters
Inside the beautiful old Ross House building on Flinders Lane is Dukes Coffee Roasters. It’s committed to ethical trading with coffee sourced from farms and small co-operatives that they bring home to roast here in Melbourne. Purchase bags or subscriptions via its website, alongside basic equipment perfect for a filter drinker.
Three Thousand Thieves
If you like to spread the love, Three Thousand Thieves only offers coffee subscriptions and highlights a different local roastery every month. Each roastery that is involved picks the beans they want to highlight so you can get excited about what they’re excited about, too. Who knows, maybe you have preferred a high acid profile rather than nutty all along. This is probably how you will find out.
Axil Coffee Roasters, Melbourne
The priority at Axil is high quality, ethical coffee. Its environmentally and socially friendly beans are roasted locally in Hawthorn. Coffee from its online store is available in 250-gram bags or one kilo. If you’re the set-it-and-forget-it kind of person, subscriptions deliver fortnightly or monthly. Make sure you already have your equipment, though, Axil is all about the beans.
Code Black Coffee North Melbourne
Roasters opening cafés is a formula that’s worked brilliantly because you already know the ingredients are excellent, which is the story for Code Black Coffee. Its website is a one-stop-shop where you can pick up beans, Hario gear and even a La Marzocco machine to make the perfect espresso at home.
If you’re struggling with that balcony garden, here are some handy tips on how to kickstart growth with Mat Pember from Little Veggie Patch Co. Being self-sufficient is a brilliant step in the right direction for sustainability and filling in all those extra hours in the day that we now have. But it is even hard for the most advanced gardener to achieve. Growing your own food is not as easy as throwing a few seeds into a pot and feasting in a fortnight. We spoke to Mat Pember, co-owner of the local, independent nursery Little Veggie Patch Co, about how to grow food anywhere, successfully, and in a calm and rational manner.
Infrastructure is the first big mistake people can make when they first start gardening
“People think that the more pots they have, the more food they can grow. This isn’t necessarily true. Pots can be too small for what people want to grow and it can lead to the plant dying too quickly, there is not enough nutrition in the soil, there is no room for the plant to move and it becomes pot bound and stunted.”
There is no such thing as a bargain with soil
“The quality of soil correlates to how you grow things. There is only one soil supplier who supplies all the nurseries in Melbourne. Even if you buy cheap soil, you will have to add nutrients to it which will end up costing you more in the long run if you are to successfully grow anything in it.”
It is important to know when to plant things
“Planting out of season is probably one of the biggest mistakes people can make. Some people start planting tomatoes in August, but you really can’t put them in the ground before November. If you’ve missed the window, I’d recommend going to a nursery and buying seedlings instead of pushing through. Knowing if you can directly plant into a patch versus propagating and transplanting into a garden is important as well. People can be derailed from the very beginning.”
Don’t forget to buy something you can water with
“People often forget about watering. I’d recommend something with a fan spray so it doesn’t blast your seedlings from the soil. You don’t always need a spade. If you’re going in a pot, use your hands. Then, you can afford a better quality potting mix (so you don’t need fertiliser or additives) and spend on the plants that you want. I’d also advise buying a net to keep away the cabbage moths and caterpillars.”
To get the most out of your plants, knowing when to harvest is key
“People usually wait for a full head of lettuce before they harvest, but it’s a super delicate situation. There is a very short time frame between it tasting like lettuce and overcooking, shooting a seed head and becoming really bitter. You can actually harvest it leaf by leaf and you’re letting the plant become more productive. Beans and peas should always be picked. This way, you free up energy on the plant and end up producing more. It’s amazing how much food is wasted by it going to seed or bolting.”
Grow high-yield and high-return food
“Leafy greens and herbs are the best value foods you can grow. They keep reproducing and you can always preserve, freeze or dry them if you have too much. Growing with some foresight helps, as you might have nothing when you put the seeds down, but all of a sudden, you can end up with too much.”
Saving your seeds to replant will give you better-performing plants each year
“Everyone has the ability to save heirloom seeds each year and build on how they perform in their own climate. Chillies, tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums will perform better next year in the same climate and spot. Fruiting vegetables are easy to extract the seeds from, leafy greens are a bit harder as you’ll have to let them cook, bolt and go to seed.”
When planting, more doesn’t necessarily mean more
“When putting things in the ground, it’s hard to picture the full plant. If you plant your seeds too close, it won’t allow enough space for the full plant when it grows. Start with very basic things that reproduce their harvest like leafy greens and herbs. As you pick them, they regenerate. Autumn is the best time to be planting these things. Buy a really good quality potting mix if you’re starting from scratch and make sure your vessel is at least 30 centimetres deep with a good surface area to allow your plants to grow.”
If you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, Little Veggie Patch Co has developed a planting calendar specific to Australia that they bundle with heirloom seeds.
What’s ahead for our property markets in the next year or two?
That’s a question people are asking now that our real estate markets have been hit by the Coronavirus crisis.
It wasn’t that long ago that the media was predicting another property boom following the remarkable turn in Australia’s housing markets, with the rebound in house prices considerably stronger than many expected.
No wonder that those of us interested in property started 2020 full of optimism.
But boy have things changed…
COVID-19 and the shut down measures associated with its containment has derailed our housing recovery.
Weaker household income, falling consumer confidence, reduced population growth and weaker investment demand will combine to depress our property markets over the next year or two. However we don’t see a property markets collapsing, in fact house prices are holding up pretty well in our capital cities.
This is in part due to lack of supply of A grade properties and also because the banks are deferring home loan repayments which will prevent forced or mortgagee sales. So in this detailed blog, We going to have a look at what is ahead for our economy and also for the various property markets around Australia.
It looks like winter has come early, especially for those who have been hit hard by the sudden cold snap.
There are plenty of things that come to mind when the seasons change and if you’re thinking about how to give your home a refresh for the cooler months, you’re not alone.
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops we’re all thinking about how to bring more warmth in, which can be seen in the colours that are trending for winter 2020.
Alex Roberts, Product Development Manager and Chief Tint Officer of direct-to-consumer paint brand Tint, explains why we’ll be seeing more warm tones and how to nail the look at home.
“This year in general, warm colours are stepping up and pushing us away from those cooler tones we have been used to. Cool, blue-based greys are being swapped out for greiges and beiges; greens have more yellow and warmth to them and rich, deep colour palettes are finally making a comeback,” she explained.
When it comes to embracing these colours in homes across the country, Alex believes we will see a lot of monochrome and tonal spaces.
“By layering different tones of a similar hue you can tie a space together and create a calming, welcoming environment. Think about this when introducing new colours to your space, work with the colour in multiple shapes and forms — explore the colours though paint, hardware, fabrics, art and more,” she explained.
Before enlisting a property manager, you need to weigh up whether it is the best option for you. According to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), property self-management is not uncommon. Despite 54.3% of occupied rented properties in Australia being managed by real estate agents, 22.7% are self-managed by landlords.
REIA’s research officer Evgeniya Hawthorne said, “Although investors who choose to self-manage their properties avoid paying management fees, the amount of work involved should not be underestimated.
“There is a cost to managing your own property. Investors have to keep themselves up to date with relevant legislation and regulations – something a professional property manager does under their continuing professional development.”
The value of a truly qualified property manager cannot be overemphasised, especially as we navigate the quickly evolving issues affecting our community. Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (some already in play ahead of full changes originally scheduled for 1 July 2020 but deferring to 1 January 2021 in response to the termporary COVID-19 legislation), the cladding “crisis”, the growing impact of domestic violence and, the critical state of emergency currently occurring as a result of COVID-19 are only a few reasons to consider putting the care of your property investment into qualified hands.
Ipswich couple Vicky and Siamak Mohajerin have lived in their family home, west of Brisbane, for 12 years.
Like many busy Australians, they had only ever exchanged the odd wave or nod to their neighbour out the back — mother-of-six Teressa Leedie — until the coronavirus pandemic began to spread.
“We were at home self-isolating and we realised we don’t know a lot of our neighbours,” Ms Mohajerin said.
“We thought they might be in need, so we put gloves on, got a pen and pad, and took a walk on Sunday afternoon, and gave our neighbours our contact details.
“[We] just told them if they need anything at all, or needed us to go get something for them, we would go do that.” Mr Mohajerin said the couple had “never met or spoken to Teressa”.
“We got a really nice response,” he said.
Ms Leedie said it was “really uncommon for people to reach out this way”.
“Usually people stick to themselves,” Ms Leedie said.
“It was really overwhelming and heartwarming to know you’ve got neighbours, strangers, in your street who are willing to support us in this time of need.” Mr Mohajerin recommended other people to reach out to others — whether online or over the fence — saying it had given him and Ms Mohajerin something to look forward to.
“I’m so glad we did it,” he said.
“One household suggested we have a street party when this is all over, so we can’t wait — it’s going to be huge.”
Nouné Harutyunyan is a licenced real estate agent, business owner, and Justice of the Peace.
Nouné has been a key part of the Silver Service Real Estate fabric for many years now, she has a rich heritage and culture originally from Armenia.
Nouné is a no-nonsense and straight talking real estate agent, and is fluent in both Armenian and Russian as well as English (pronounced “eeeeenglish” by her). Do not be fooled by her seemingly hard shell though. Nouné works tirelessly and passionately, not just to maximize the value of the property entrusted to her. Her commitment is to also nurture and retain quality, long-term relationships with valued tenants. Her leadership of the agency Trust Account is something that she also takes very seriously, understanding the immense “trust” that comes with the position.
Nouné began her real estate career in 1995 as a sales cadet, gaining early experience in the inner city suburbs of Melbourne, across Glen Waverley, and east to Templestowe. Her passion for real estate has elevated her quickly through the buyer, manager and executive ranks to become an Executive/Senior Property Manager and co-Sales Agent with Silver Service Real Estate. Always happy to provide advice, appraisals and guidance she can be contacted on;
Popping next door to borrow a cup of sugar is not common these days. In fact, research shows less than half of Australians actually know their neighbour by name. Relationships Australia national executive officer Nick Tebbey said coronavirus was changing that, with the pandemic prompting neighbours to reach out to one another for support as social-distancing measures increased.
“It’s part of the Australian psyche and we see it in times of crisis like the bushfires and the droughts,” Mr Tebbey said.
“Neighbours and communities want to make sure the most vulnerable people are looked after.
“The difference now is we’re all vulnerable with this pandemic.
“I think there’s great cause for optimism to see all these amazing stories of neighbours doing things that are really about building connections with those around them.
“Every day we’re seeing examples of that all over the country.”
Mr Tebbey said “online neighbourhoods” were also expanding in response to the virus, connecting those in distant suburbs, interstate or even overseas.
“We’re seeing a huge uptake of people setting up WhatsApp and Facebook chats to communicate with their immediate neighbours,” he said.
“Technology is the great connector we need right now.”
Melbourne’s property market is set for a rapid recovery once COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, with vendors already preparing to list once the dust settles.
Popular family neighbourhoods, blue-chip suburbs and Victoria’s up-and-coming regional towns are tipped to bounce back the fastest from the unexpected property downturn.
Propertyology director Simon Pressley said strong market conditions before the pandemic would help the city recover in as little as six months. “We’ve got the lowest interest rates in most Australians’ lifetimes and we’ve only got to cast our minds back about six weeks ago to see clearance rates going through the roof and double-digit price growth,” Mr Pressley said.
“The same reason it was happening then is why it will happen again once we come out of our cocoons.”
He said three years of strong median house price growth after Australia’s recession in the 1990s and the Global Financial Crisis suggested the market would rapidly rise again once shutdown restrictions ended.
Propertyology research also showed booming towns including Bendigo, Warrnambool and Mildura would remain fairly bulletproof during the crisis, with low rent supply and high job growth.
Narre Warren North, Box Hill and Blackburn were among suburbs that had the largest price gains between the GFC and coronavirus, according to realestate.com.au.
Chief economist Nerida Conisbee said they would be some of the areas that recovered fastest due to their owner-occupier appeal.
“Melbourne’s middle ring will do quite well … especially if you’ve got a house in a location that’s connected to good schools, public transport and not too expensive,” Ms Conisbee said.