• First look: New cheesecake phenomenon Lulu & Me has pay-by-weight slices.

• First look: Melbourne institution Longrain opens a lunchtime canteen in the CBD.

• First look: Club Chin Chin amps up stadium dining and old-school footy snacks in Geelong.

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• First look: Malaysian fried chicken chain Marrybrown opens in a Melbourne Central food court.

• First look: Sincero brings Italian classics – but not as you know them – to Malvern.

• First look: Muli Express, a Chinatown oyster bar from the D&K Live Seafood family.

• First look: Fluffy Torpedo’s new Brunswick ice-cream shop is even more outlandish than its Fitzroy store.

• First look: Sanhe Congee has 30 versions of the comforting Chinese staple.

• First look: Luke Mangan’s Bistrot Bisou brings French classics to Flinders Lane with the help of an ex-Vex Dining chef.

• First look: Ruby, a swish brasserie (with an ex-Cumulus chef) for croque madames by day and steak frites by night.

• First look: Vacation’s new coffee shop has house-made pastries and batch brew on tap.

• First look: Watch chefs tend to boiling pots of noodle soup at CBD Thai spot Khao.

• First look: South Melbourne’s Nine Yards cafe opens the first of three new venues in a heritage building (and former wellness hub) in Armadale.

• First look: Therry Street cafe Operator San mixes Japanese breakfast and Melbourne brunch culture.

• First look: Fieldwork’s new coffee shop has Japanese-style iced-coffee and All Are Welcome pastries.

• Now open: Enoteca Zingara, a new venue from the Alta Trattoria team.

• Now open: Lola Belle from the Union Electric team is an old-school bar focused on rum.

Update June 5, 2024: a venue has been removed from this article.