Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 12.42.02 PM Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 12.42.55 PM


85 High St, Northcote 3070
(03) 9481 7623 or barrycoffeeandfood.com

Barry is the latest brainchild of the family behind Pillar of Salt and the most recent Touchwood cafe. The brief for Techné was to transform the existing shell of an original Victorian corner shop café and reflect through the architecture, an openness and community-minded setting.

Barry is located at 85 High Street, Northcote, and is a welcoming sight for passers-by coming from next-door’s Palace Westgarth Cinema. The light-filled interior and bright finishes create a fresh and modern aesthetic.

“The owners wanted to use the simplest, no-fuss name that they could,” says Alex Lake from Techné. “This is reflective of the thought behind the offering of the café and the design of the fitout, both of which pursue an honest interaction.”

Read more

Chinese Takeover Is Away

New Shanghai:

Lower Ground Level, Chatswood Chase, Chatswood NSW
(02) 9412 3358

New Shanghai isn’t exactly new, John Chen’s parents built up the New Shanghai brand in Sydney’s Chinatown before expanding to Ashfield and Lemon Grove shopping centre in Chatswood. Now that their son has taken over, with MBA in hand, it’s been an era of aggressive expansion for New Shanghai. The first of the new batch opened in the Chatswood Chase shopping centre. Realising the need to cater to the upmarket Chatswood crowd, beyond the indulgent Shanghai-style food the original restaurants are famous for, Chen set about crafting a Shanghai dining experience.

Read more

Hunger For Business


30 The Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC
(03) 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

Across the road from the fledgling restaurant Phamish sit two enduring St Kilda icons; the gaping clown mouth of Luna Park and the old world Palais Theatre. Beyond these gatekeepers, the streetscape melds into a wake of eclectic venues left by the gentrification of the once bohemian enclave. It’s this eclecticism and edginess that owners and sisters Michelle and Nicole Saade commissioned interior designer Roberta Tessarolo from Rothelowman to encapsulate in the restaurant’s design.

Read more

Top End Kitchen

Zhen’s Kitchen: 7/50 Smith St, Darwin NT Zhen’s Kitchen is a canteen-style Asian restaurant located in Darwin. Designed by Andrew Waller Design, the eclectic interior references the ‘Night Markets’ in Taipei where the counter areas have taken on the form of street trolley eateries with billboard-style street signage. It’s all about mismatched gung-ho furnishings comprised mainly … Read more

Get the inside scoop on all the new venues

Sign up to our e-news list to receive a curated list of new and upcoming venues.