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Food & Drink

Monocle travel guide

— Melbourne


Here are five of Melbourne’s newest off-the-radar bars and kitchens opened by young chefs, baristas, barkeepers and designers.

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The Brix

Young owners mix things up

Inspired by the spontaneous, avant-garde cuisine of Inaki Aizpitarte’s Le Chateaubriand in Paris, Emma O’Mara, 27, and Keir Vaughan, 26, did a career swerve from design to open The Brix in late 2011.

“Melbourne is the most forward and brave of all Australian cities,” says O’Mara. “We wanted to push dining here with something contemporary, brave and wild.”

And push it they have, with a menu that lists classic bistro French steak frites with smoked tuna, avruga caviar and seaweed. Add chef Joel Atherton, 28, and a…


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