• Collingwood has a new hole-in-the-wall gnocchi bar.

This new east-side bar has great wine, a dedicated steak frites menu and salty tinned seafood for snacking, all at a very unexpected location.

• Settle into the glasshouse or cosy courtyard at one of Melbourne's prettiest restaurants for brunch and DIY citrus cocktails this weekend.

• With a drastic menu and design overhaul, Teage Ezard’s acclaimed Flinders Lane eatery strides confidently into 2019.

• The brother-and-sister powerhouse behind Congress and Future Future is opening an all-day Italian diner and deli in Fitzroy North. See you at the prosciutto bar.

• Heading to the dawn service? Refuel afterwards at this riverside eatery, which is putting on a free breakfast for past and present diggers.

• Nab five cocktails for $40 at this Espresso Martini festival.

• A former Kong BBQ chef is plating up felafel waffles with fried eggs and zhug, and preparing comforting take-home meals at this bright and airy new corner cafe in Bentleigh East.