Eight must-try dishes at New Year Street Feasts 2021

Published on 29 December 2021

Photo: Supernormal's prawn and chicken dumplings.

The world's second-largest bird. Beef à la Bond. Dumplings for days. Melbourne's best restaurants are taking it to the streets this New Year's Eve for a huge night of outdoor dining in the CBD. There are dozens of restaurants to choose from at this year's New Year Street Feasts; here's what we think you should be eating as you farewell 2021 under the stars. 

RuYi’s numbing citrus-coated beef

Lovers of mala, that numbing and warm sensation that’s the telltale giveaway of Sichuan peppercorns, shouldn’t miss RuYi’s hot and spicy New Year’s Eve menu. The grand finale of the five-course chilli-spiked feast is the numbing beef: eye-fillet in a caramelised soy sauce infused with fresh lime, star anise, cinnamon and, yes, a little Sichuan pepper for that trademark tingle. Are you ready to see out the year with a bang?

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RuYi’s numbing citrus-coated beef.

Spanner crab miang at Chin Chin

Is there a better way to start a Chin Chin banquet than a round of miang and a glass of something fizzy? On New Year’s Eve, the leafy wraps will hold a mix of spanner crab, pomelo, peanut, chili and lime. Don’t want to spring for the crab? There’s a yellowfin tuna miang on the $88 menu – and we’re sure they’re every bit as tasty. Take your pick.

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Hero’s potato and fermented blueberry bread

Explode into 2022 like a fork-struck burrata at Karen Martini’s Fed Square winner, Hero. Sit at the big kids’ table and sink into a ranging chef’s menu, or take a seat at the bar for a casual procession of festive share plates. Both options run the bread: a Noma-inspired standout best slathered in the accompanying goat’s curd. Martini magic.

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Hero's potato and fermented blueberry bread.

Crossley St Cantina’s flan de queso

Cheese? Good. Cream? Good. Caramel? Gooood. Crossley St Cantina’s holy triumvirate of after-dinner Cs makes for a flan that should be the last thing on your lips in 2021. Basque magic in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

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Crossley St Cantina's flan de queso.

San Telmo beef

The Argentine meat masters of Meyers Place are throwing a Casino Royale-themed party this New Year’s Eve, the centrepiece of which will be its showstopping beef cooked in a bespoke parrilla. San Telmo is running two menus on the night – one featuring O’Connor scotch fillet, the other Jack’s Creek wagyu scotch fillet. Consider us shaken, consider us stirred. 

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Supernormal prawn and chicken dumplings

You should never need extra motivation to eat dumplings on New Year’s Eve, but Supernormal’s ultra-photogenic prawn and chicken wontons are to be overlooked at your peril, forming part of an NYE feast that includes Gippsland striploin and the lobster roll that captured a city. 

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Supernormal's prawn and chicken dumplings.

Big Esso’s pepperberry seared emu

There’s so much to love on Nornie Bero’s New Year’s Eve menu. From charred mud crab to island-spiced queenfish and lemon myrtle cheesecake, Big Esso is celebrating Indigenous ingredients and foodways like nobody else; devour the coat of arms this NYE with a plate of pepperberry seared emu and quail yolk.

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Peking duck at Bamboo House

It’s the house signature, and with good reason. Good Food critic Gemima Cody wrote in 2019 that the dish comes “with a properly high ratio of crisp, glassy skin to juicy meat”. But even before you get to enjoy the eating, the deeply burnished duck is presented to the table for your eyes to feast on, and then assembled into piping hot pancakes. Who doesn’t love a bit of theatre with their dinner?

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Bamboo House's Peking duck.


By Frank Sweet

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