This new spot by the Ramblr and Leonard’s House of Love crew has just taken up residence in Carlton, but it feels like it’s been there forever.

• There's a decadent champagne room and a Euro-Japanese restaurant (where things get raucous after 10pm) at this new south-side spot.

• The St Jerome’s crew (Harry + Larry’s, Back Alley Sally’s, Laneway Festival) is putting on a classic South Carolina-style low-country boil complete with prawns, mussels, corn, potatoes and spicy sausage.

There’s a secret rooftop garden in the city growing native produce – and you can host your next event there.

• Or, host it at one of these 17 spectacular spots we found that are perfect for a last-minute Christmas party.

We remember the soulful, down-to-earth man that was Pellegrini’s co-owner Sisto Malaspina.

This creative new city pie shop is selling mac’n’cheese pies.

• Footscray’s Small Graces is now open for dinner, with loads of gluten-, dairy- and animal-product-free dishes on offer.

• African-inspired bar Polepole is now doing a spice-heavy African menu, with crocodile, roast buffalo and chargrilled wild boar.