• Il Bacaro owner Joe Mammone is expanding his South Yarra restaurant Bar Carolina with an upstairs wine and cocktail bar, and a cafe next door. Here’s what’s planned.

• The world-famous ramen joint Ippudo has arrived in Melbourne. Start queuing.

• Brunswick East institution Bar Romantica has reopened on Lygon Street. The new late-night restaurant pays respect to its predecessor while going in a new direction.

• Inside Elwood’s This is Life you’ll find a physio, chiropractor, nutritionist and meditation workshops, as well as a bright and airy new daytime diner.

A stylish new espresso bar offering bottomless filtered coffee has opened on Bridge Road – good news for Epworth hospital staff and visitors.

• A new cafe in the south, Tonic & Grace, features a (mostly) vegan menu devised with help from dieticians and nutritionists. But bacon and eggs are still here if you need.

• Fried chicken, cocktails and bartenders who remember your name: welcome to Whaler Bar, Prahran’s new local

• Malvern Italian restaurant Sagra has added Roman-style pizza to its repertoire, by popular demand, at its new pizza bar.