What we covered in Melbourne food and drink this week
Broadsheet’s list of the best Melbourne restaurants of the year (so far) is here. Make sure you come back next week for our picks of the year’s best bars.

• One of Sydney’s best bars, Odd Culture, opens its first Melbourne venue in Fitzroy.

• Our first look at Thai Baan, Bourke Street’s new Thai spot specialising in Ayutthaya boat noodles.

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Thai Baan. Photography: Amy Hemmings.

We chat with the founders of Minds en Place, a new local startup bringing training on mental health, disability, anti-racism and more to the hospitality world.

• Chef Khanh Nguyen makes the surprise announcement he’s leaving top restaurants Aru and Sunda.

• Cheesemonger Anthony Femia of Maker and Monger answers our grating cheeseboard questions.

Anthony Femia of Maker and Monger. Photography: Courtesy of Maker and Monger.

• Here are five reasons we love Stokehouse’s $75 fixed-price wine list.

• And some crucial croissant news

• Choose-your-own-pasta adventure at South Yarra’s Pasta Prego.

More, please
First Eat is actor Nakkiah Lui’s new podcast about food politics, power and body sovereignty.

• Meet Tommy’s Booze, a new Melbourne-made limoncello, mandarino and raspberry liqueur brand from the team behind Freddy’s Pizza.

• Tickets just went on sale for That’s Amore Cheese’s 15th anniversary celebration dinner on August 4.

This Filipino baking book from Abi Balingit of The Dusky Kitchen is finally out in Australia.

Enter via Laundry now offers a short $122 five course menu for dinners on Thursdays and Sunday lunch.

Shirin Pulao from Enter Via Laundry. Photography: Courtesy of Enter via Laundry.

Listen up
This week on Around Town we broke down our best new restaurants list, got the scoop on the Koko Black x Lune croissant collab and check in on Apollo Inn.

You might have missed …
• Cult homewares label Fazeek now makes looseleaf tea.

• There’s a private chocolate-making class at Pidapipo on July 15th for Broadsheet Access members.

As seen on the web
• Outback Steakhouse is huge in Brazil? Via the Washington Post