• Fitzroy’s New School Canteen is a people pleaser: half the menu is veggie (even vegan) friendly, but you can still get a dirty burger.

• The boys from White Oaks Saloon have opened up a relaxed, Southern Cali-style spot in Prahran. Slide into the leather booth at Silverlake Social and watch an NFL game with a Bud.

Gourmet Cinema will be back in March with some of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants paired perfectly with 13 different films.

• Jade O’Donahoo of one of Melbourne’s original CBD laneway cafes, Switchboard, has turned requests for her recipes into an illustrated vegetarian cookbook, Eat This My Friend.

Lee Ho Fook now has a bar downstairs with a best-of list from the menu upstairs and the addition of some interesting cocktails, cool snacks and kooky light installations.

The Elysian – a bar for whisky nerds, by whisky nerds – has opened in Fitzroy. It takes cues from the whisky bars of Tokyo.

• Australia’s best restaurant is going to be transformed. Owner and head chef Ben Shewry’s goal? A space without a bad seat in the house.

• The Yak Ales Barbecue Festival is here, bringing together Australia and America’s best pitmasters to celebrate all things barbeque.