• First look: Some of the best Malaysian food in Melbourne is at Pappa Laksa Burwood.

• First look: Peregrine Social Club, a long-awaited lakeside spot set in a quarry, takes locals from brunch to beers.

• First look: You should go to Papelon, a sunny diner in Footscray celebrating Venezuelan food.

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• First look: At the new Cecconi’s an ex-Scopri chef brings Venetian cuisine (and old favourites) to Toorak.

• First look: Pour Diane is an eclectic 1970s-inspired North Melbourne wine shop and bar.

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St Kilda’s new oyster and wine bar The Walrus has crayfish crumpets and affordable drops.

• Aussie salad shop Fishbowl is delivering $5 bowls until Sunday February 25.

• Where chefs eat: Bar Liberty head chef Zackary Furst loves this meatball banh mi.

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• Gin Palace is back open. Here’s what’s new at the 27-year-old institution.

• Smith & Daughters’ Shannon Martinez on “meatheads”, slowing down and her new restaurants.

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The online Erewhon-fueled smoothie craze hits Melbourne with Yawye’s sea moss and MTC oil-filled drinks.

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• Five to try: New ice-cream and gelato shops from one end of town to the other.

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• This week on the Broadsheet podcast Around Town, we chat with the creative couple that quit their jobs and pursued a life-changing road trip.

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• Tassie brewery Moo Brew has released its first non-alcoholic drink. Notto Blotto is a sparkling hop soda that has no sugar, carbs or alcohol.

• Chef Morgan Hipworth (who recently appeared on Masterchef spin-off Dessert Masters) has opened a new Fitzroy restaurant, Maven by Morgan. The young chef is best-known for pastry, but will be showcasing savoury skills at his new spot.

CBD laneway cafe Tori’s is bringing back its pop-up nights. Tori’s will be open every Thursday and Friday night from 6.30pm to 10pm from now until April 26. Stop by for “matchamisu” and black forest sheet cakes, and drinks like Melon Mojitos and Matcha Lychee Punch.