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The Eater Melbourne Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Today we return to Melbourne, Australia, and focus on six newish restaurants that have been garnering serious buzz. As was the case with the last edition nine months ago, local expert Sharlee Gibb has made the selections for the buzziest dining her city has to offer. Among the choices: Andrew McConnell and Josh Murphy's set-menu-only restaurant in the Builders Arms Hotel (Moon Under Water), a rowdy and fun spot doing great burgers (Rockwell and Sons), and three Italian-inspired entries (Neil Perry's Rosetta, Chris Lucas' Baby Pizza, and Rita's Cafeteria).

Here now, the Eater Heatmap to Melbourne, a chronicle of the city's restaurants of the moment.


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Rita's Cafeteria

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"A nice neighborhood spot that serves what owners call 'bedrock Italian.' During the day, they're a proper café. At night, it turns into a pizza and pasta joint." — SG

Rockwell and Sons

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"Burgers, burgers, burgers. These are the new kids on the block, and they are bang-on. The place gets extra marks for supporting local producers." — SG

Moon Under Water

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"Andrew McConnell keeps reinventing himself, and many say he has the Midas touch. Set menu dinners only." — SG

Rosetta

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"Rockpool's Neil Perry does Italian, showing his diversity as a chef and commitment to amazing produce. He has even flown some Italians in to make the 16 different varieties of pasta they serve. The space is impressive." — SG

Baby Pizza

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"This is the new one from restaurateur Chris Lucas of Chin Chin. It's the reservation everyone wants, doing upscale pizza and pasta." — SG

"Set up in an old tire factory, this place has a great menu that includes a massive ribeye, chorizo and octopus toast, and fried okra with salt and sumac. They just started serving dinner." — SG

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Rita's Cafeteria

"A nice neighborhood spot that serves what owners call 'bedrock Italian.' During the day, they're a proper café. At night, it turns into a pizza and pasta joint." — SG

Rockwell and Sons

"Burgers, burgers, burgers. These are the new kids on the block, and they are bang-on. The place gets extra marks for supporting local producers." — SG

Moon Under Water

"Andrew McConnell keeps reinventing himself, and many say he has the Midas touch. Set menu dinners only." — SG

Rosetta

"Rockpool's Neil Perry does Italian, showing his diversity as a chef and commitment to amazing produce. He has even flown some Italians in to make the 16 different varieties of pasta they serve. The space is impressive." — SG

Baby Pizza

"This is the new one from restaurateur Chris Lucas of Chin Chin. It's the reservation everyone wants, doing upscale pizza and pasta." — SG

Hobba

"Set up in an old tire factory, this place has a great menu that includes a massive ribeye, chorizo and octopus toast, and fried okra with salt and sumac. They just started serving dinner." — SG

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