• First look: Jason Jones and Brahman Perera’s hotly anticipated Hopper Joint is here.

• First look: Three Warabi alums bring kappo-style omakase to Fitzroy’s Shusai Mijo.

• First look: Melbourne’s American sandwich craze and the internet’s NFT obsession meet at Nouns in Malvern.

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• First look: Wild ferments and punchy Thai dishes at Mr West’s new Brunswick outpost, Bar Spontana.

• First look: Sydney success story Little Lagos brings Nigerian fufu, “puff puff” doughnuts and jollof rice to Fitzroy.

• First look: A Japanese shaved-ice spin on crème brûlée (and mango lassi) at Sebastian Kakigori, a dessert shop fresh out of Tokyo.

• First look: Footscray’s Misfits champions art and music in the former Baby Snakes space.

• First look: Clifton Hill cafe Tarda, from the Faraday’s Cage team, launches a weekend wine-bar offering.

• First look: Petite by Matilda is a charming neighbourhood spot in Mont Albert North.

• First look: It’s pure Brewmanity at former Demons captain David Neitz’s rooftop bar.

• First look: Richmond favourite Hugo’s Deli brings its standout sangas to the Mornington Peninsula.

• First look: Arlo is the eye-catching younger sibling to south-side cafe Leaps and Bounds.

• South Melbourne’s ambitious new European diner Lucia, from the team behind Riserva and Baia dI Vino, has an underground dining room fit for a Bond villain.

Norma, a French chef’s Fitzroy bistro dedicated to his nonna, opens on Smith Street.

• Mister Bianco’s Kew bar, Bianchetto, has Sicilian snacks and cocktails by Orlando Marzo.

• Adelaide’s Pirate Life Brewing opens its first Victorian taproom in South Melbourne.