45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, tel: 00 613 9650 1445

This bright and breezy newie from busy-busy local star Andrew McConnell is a must-visit, if only for the iconic salt-cod soup with its topping of parsley cream

Movida Next Door

164 Flinders Street, Melbourne, tel: 00 613 9663 3038

Not just a handy bar while awaiting a table at Frank Camorra's popular restaurant next door, but a destination in its own right, with terrific tapas and a great sherry list


285 High Street, Kew, tel: 00 613 9855 0505

Cesare Tabacco, one of the architects of modern Melbourne/Italian, strikes again with this classy Italian, serving inventive stuzzichini and well-crafted small plates