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Lona Misa

Restaurant

Shannon Martinez's all-vegan, all-day diner inside the luxury Ovolo hotel is a symbol of the group's commitment to plant-based eating. Alongside celebrated chef Ian Curley, Martinez is serving Josper-fired peri-peri cauliflower, steamy tamales and "blood" sausage that might freak you out.

Boca Gelato

Shop

A pistachio-coloured gelateria from Coda and Tonka's Adam D'Sylva. In pozzetti beneath the colourful terrazzo countertop, there are rotating specials that might include tiramisu and Basque burnt cheesecake; flavours inspired by the chef's Italian-Indian heritage (sugared almond, and spicy chai); and few very welcome curveballs.

Nomad

Restaurant

Jacqui Challinor's hotly anticipated Melbourne outpost is everything we've been waiting for. The Sydney original's focus on open-flame cooking and locally-sourced produce has been replicated here, but there are local signatures, too – baked ricotta and anchovies, dry-aged pork cutlets and a big lean on Victorian vino. Find it in the former Ezard space on Flinders Lane.