• One of Australia’s most exciting young chefs is bringing innovative South East Asian cuisine to the CBD at his new, construction-site-like restaurant, Sunda.

• It’s pancakes for dinner, bagels until 1am and batched cocktails at the new Green Light Diner at Flinders Street Station, which recreates the look of a 1920s train station.

• A neighbourhood thirsty for more bars now has cocktails and craft beers in an old heritage bank at Sonder, replete with an outdoor tiki bar adorned in fairy lights.

• A 100 per cent plant-based cafe has opened in the west. There are plants on your plate and plants to take home at this hybrid cafe-nursery.

• Deadman’s Dozen is a wine subscription with bottles hand-picked by the wine team at Andrew McConnell’s Marion. The mix of classic and funkier bottles is decided based on what is most exciting the team that month..

• Cruffins, strawberry-cheesecake croissants and stunning petit gateaux have arrived in Richmond at Penny for Pound, by an ex-Merivale pastry chef.

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• We got a First Look at Pidapipo’s new Degraves Street shop, filled with Lisa Valmorbida’s Italian scoops (and spiders), in a sleek space that pays tribute to Italian architecture.

• Heroes, the four-level karaoke and Asian barbeque joint by Fancy Hanks, opens in May. The team shared its favourite karaoke jams, as well as new details on the Chinatown venue.

• Tipico, a new modern-Italian bistro, will open in Windsor next month run by Andrea Da Como (D.O.C., [Baby], Builders Arms Hoteland Marco Scalisi (Ti Amo, Swillhouse Group, Tokyo Tina).

• Love rocky road? Head to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie or Yarra Valley Chocolaterie in May for their month-long Rocky Road Festival of Flavours.