• In the latest instalment of Broadsheet’s “After Service” series, Ramblr chef-owner Nick Stanton opens up about a career that began in pizza shops and an RSL, and how it led him to open one of Melbourne’s best restaurants.

• In the second instalment of Broadsheet’s new series, “Snack Detective”, writer Emily Naismith discovers an Australian Facebook group dedicated to making Macca’s at home.

• Willow Urban Retreat is a new spa and wellness venue in two heritage buildings in Armadale. The health-focused cafe’s head chef is from Top Paddock.

• A new South Melbourne cocktail lounge caters for you, and your best dog friend.

• You’ll find espresso, Aeropress, pour-over and cold-drip coffee at Preston Market’s tiny new resident, Contraband Coffee.

• Fans of now-closed local Japanese favourite Chotto, look alive: Etta will reinvoke its spirit with a one-night dinner service hosted by the Liews (Chotto’s owners) this month. Hurry – seats are limited.

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• A few months into the year and Melbourne has already chalked up nine new restaurants we believe will be some of the best of 2018. Add them to your hit list immediately.

• Sttoke is a new reusable coffee cup. It’s lightweight and entirely shatterproof, and very, very sleek.

• Upsy Daisy is a new family-friendly cafe opposite an impressive new park in Glen Huntly. Pop in post playground session for a coffee or “loaded toast”.

• After the success of last year’s inaugural event in Sydney, Australia’s first and largest Japanese sake festival is coming to Melbourne.

• The space once home to Saigon Sally, then short-lived Thai restaurant BKK, is now Alter Dining, and it marks a big shift for the Commune Group (Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina).

• Hiatus, once a pizza parlour, is a place to pause in Kew, with a fresh daytime menu inspired by dinner.

A spacious new cafe has landed in Malvern; it’s from the team that brought us Bentwood, Tinker and more. Welcome to Clubhouse.

• North Melbourne chocolaterie Mörk Chocolate has launched a wholesale cake company, so you can gorge on its chocolate and molasses cookies, and its vegan chocolate bundts at some of Melbourne best cafes.

Lûmé head bartender Orlando Marzo has won the Australian finals of the Diageo World Class contest, widely considered the world’s premiere cocktail bartending competition.

• At South Yarra’s Atlas Dining, head chef Charlie Carrington changes his menu every four months to reflect the flavours, smells and textures of a different country’s cuisine. Up next? The birthplace of gastronomy: France.