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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rita's Cafeteria

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239 Johnston St, Abbotsford
VIC 3067, Australia
+61 3 9419 8233
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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

2. Rockwell and Sons

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288 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
+61 3 8415 0700
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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

3. Moon Under Water

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211 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
"Andrew McConnell keeps reinventing himself, and many say he has the Midas touch. Set menu dinners only." — SG

4. Rosetta

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8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
"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

5. Baby Pizza

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631-633 CHURCH STREET, Richmond
VIC 3121, Australia
+61 3 9421 4599
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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

6. Hobba

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428 Malvern Rd., Prahran
VIC, Australia
+61 3 9510 8336
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"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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1. Rita's Cafeteria

239 Johnston St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067, Australia
"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
239 Johnston St, Abbotsford
VIC 3067, Australia

2. Rockwell and Sons

288 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
"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
288 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

3. Moon Under Water

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
"Andrew McConnell keeps reinventing himself, and many say he has the Midas touch. Set menu dinners only." — SG
211 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

4. Rosetta

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
"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
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

5. Baby Pizza

631-633 CHURCH STREET, Richmond, VIC 3121, Australia
"This is the new one from restaurateur Chris Lucas of Chin Chin. It's the reservation everyone wants, doing upscale pizza and pasta." — SG
631-633 CHURCH STREET, Richmond
VIC 3121, Australia

6. Hobba

428 Malvern Rd., Prahran, VIC, Australia
"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
428 Malvern Rd., Prahran
VIC, Australia

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