What we covered in Melbourne food and drink this week
A first look at Vue de Monde and Lui Bar after the Rialto Towers venues underwent state-of-the-art renovations. Plus, scenes from the first night of service after the institutions reopened.

Breaking down the perfect fresh chicken sandwich.

• Japanese cafe and lifestyle store Cibi expands with dedicated grocery and home sections.

This year, gift them a dinner to remember with a Broadsheet Gift Card.


• A first look at Ghost Donkey, a new mezcal bar at Crown Melbourne (and exactly the kind of over-the-top bar we want from a casino).

The Cinema Nova team are opening Fomo Cinemas, a food-focused movie theatre in East Brunswick, this December.

Three new Japanese cafes to visit day and night, including Collingwood’s ochazuke hotspot and the new venue from the Ima Project Cafe team.

• An Instagram-famous cheese we’ve been hanging out for is (finally) available in Melbourne.

• Matti Fallon’s Mornington restaurant Colt Dining closed three weeks after opening, due to an electrical fire.

We visit Co Bake Space, the playful peachy kitchen shared by two Aussie Instagram stars.

Jessi Singh is opening a new casual Indian restaurant in the former Cafe Notturno space.

You might have missed
Danielle Alvarez’s alchemical spaghetti alla Nerano recipe.

Listen up
• This week on Broadsheet’s podcast Around Town we talk about the Melbourne bar on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, unpack how to make a perfect chicken sandwich and where to find the city’s best, and sit down with top chef and Chez Panisse alum Danielle Alvarez.

More, please
• Cali-style Mexican joint Mission District in Ripponlea just started serving a new brunch menu. Stop by for chilaquiles (a Mexican breakfast dish of fried corn tortillas in salsa) and breakfast tacos.

The Recreation in Fitzroy North has reopened after a renovation in the bistro’s 1870s building. The kitchen has been given a refresh and is now enclosed behind glass panelling.