What we covered in Melbourne food and drink this week
Broadsheet’s list of the best new Melbourne bars of the year (so far) is here. Come back next week for our best new cafe picks.

• Our first look at Brunswick’s new banh mi spot, Good Days Hot Bread.

• And our first look at revered Japanese ramen chain Mensho Tokyo’s only Australian venue.

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Mensho Tokyo Ramen. Photography: Harvard Wang.

• Hector’s Deli introduces a four-day work week and starts making beef sandwiches inspired by The Bear.

• The latest Piccolina Gelato Project stars guest chefs making one-week-only scoops.

Photography: Courtesy of Piccolina.

• The Florian team opens tiny European-inspired cafe Juniper in South Melbourne.

• Our guide to bars screening the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

• Hotel South Melbourne puts a new spin on an old pub.

Community news
• An Aru chef is in a critical condition in a Melbourne hospital. As a temporary visa holder, she can't access Australian healthcare benefits – so her family has started a Go Fund Me to help cover the steep medical costs. Donate here if you’re able to.

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• MIFF is hosting a Past Lives screening followed by a dinner inspired by the film at Cumulus Inc.

Lulu’s Char Koay Teow gets the food court treatment.

• Music producer and Kenzo artistic director Nigo is Penfolds’s first-ever creative partner.

Nigo. Photography: Courtesy of Penfolds.

• Masses Bagels is popping up at the Carlton Farmers Market this Saturday.

• Have a cocktail named after you and help out soon-to-open Coburg wine bar and food store Gemini.

• Chef Tom Sarafian and winemaker Jayden Ong are hosting a Persian feast in the Yarra Valley this weekend.

• Falafels, hummus, pita and more for two for just $46 with Tahina Northcote’s date-night menu.

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This week on Around Town we discuss the best restaurant, bar and cafe openings of the year (so far).

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