• A tiny Thai diner in a parking garage and a sushi spot like nothing else in the country are just two of the spots Melbourne’s best chefs dine at during winter.

Melbourne’s best new buffet is at Citrus, a family-run Sri Lankan diner in Fitzroy North.

• Beer, lollies, T-shirts and even bottles of Dom Perignon – it’s surprising what you can find inside vending machines at some of Melbourne’s restaurants.

• By the owner of Radio Mexico, this eatery is all red terrazzo and tan leather. And it’s serving house-made pies and Blue Heaven milkshakes.

• Sydney's Mary’s Pizzeria and natural-wine purveyors P&V are headed to Melbourne for a rollicking party at Leonardo’s Pizza Palace.

An ex-Rockpool, Cumulus and Stokehouse somm is pouring drops in a tiny new wine bar inside a bottle shop. To eat? Tins of Ortiz anchovies and truffle chips.

• The dramatic finale to every degustation at Ides is a featureless jet-black cube. Here’s how it’s made.

Thieves have stolen $10,000 worth of wine from a Yarraville fine diner – but left behind an odd surprise.

• The dessert experts at Burch and Purchase have created an indulgent Wonka Bar at The Westin hotel in the CBD, inspired by the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical. Expect a 3.4 metre edible chocolate garden, complete with handmade butterflies and flowers.

• Get free Szechuan eggplant, braised pork belly or fried chicken bao on Thursday.

This winery restaurant is a masterclass in balance.

Huxtaburger is doing unlimited wings, chips and gravy. With spritzes.

• It's time to go mollusc-mad with all-you-can-eat oysters and bottomless booze in Albert Park.

Annam and Bia Hoi chef-owner Jerry Mai has teamed up with chef Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters, Smith & Deli) for a Vietnamese vegan hotpot party.

• Get white stout cannoli, limited beer releases and Slice Shop Pizza during this three-day birthday bash in the west.

Piccolina is layering chocolate and gelato in bite-sized cremino. Our pick? Dark-chocolate orange.

Aussie producers might soon be banned from calling their products “feta”, “gorgonzola”, “Gruyere”, “Roquefort” and “fontina”.

• Former Ramblr chef and Broadsheet Kitchen alum Ryan Dolan is now behind the pans at one of Melbourne’s best neighbourhood bistros.

• Dark and milk chocolate combine in this next-level mousse recipe.

• The Cumulus Up team wants to take you on a day trip to its favourite Yarra Valley wineries – and Andrew McConnell’s famed slow-roasted lamb shoulder is for lunch.