What we covered in Melbourne food and drink this week
• A first look at Willim, a new McKinnon spot from prolific Melbourne cafe operator Julien Moussi. The decor is Twix-inspired and the menu includes loaded toast and sticky-date pancakes.

• Melbourne cocktail den Byrdie was named number 61 on The World’s 50 Best Bars longlist.

• We catch up with Thanh “The Fruit Nerd” Truong and talk cultural connection through food, glamorous berries and his new book Don’t Buy Fruit & Veg Without Me!.

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• Melbourne has three new lunch spots serving American deli-style sandwiches to check out.

• Wet, dry, dirty: Australia is in the throes of a Martini love affair. We ask an expert when a Martini stops being a Martini, and find out where can you get the best versions in Melbourne.

Five new spots with great signature bakes including croffles, cinnamon scrolls and pies.

We chat with American author and chef Molly Baz about the joys of working for herself, meatballs, and her new cookbook More Is More

• Melbourne’s coolest indie wine publication, Veraison Magazine, is releasing its final print issue and going digital.

• Olive oil company Golden Groves collabs with Richmond’s Baby on a menu that’s got “vacation vibes in abundance”.

You might have missed
• “Ciao Bella” plates by In the Roundhouse, cute Emma Mulholland oven mitts, Wonki hard seltzers and more 21st birthday gift ideas for the discerning Gen Z in your life.

Listen up
• This week on Broadsheet’s podcast *Around Town*, we hear from Charlie Carrington of Atlas Dining about his new sandwich shop, Little Havana, and learn how Prahran’s Officine Zero transformed into Officina Gastronomica Italiana.

More, please
• Sophie McIntyre’s Club Sup is teaming up with Brown Brothers to host a dinner party at Pipis Kiosk in Albert Park on Thursday October 19. Tickets are $114 per person. While groups are welcome, you’re encouraged to come solo and take the opportunity to make new friends over dinner.

Via Porta has added a slipper lobster danish for spring. A flaky pastry boat is filled with lobster, fermented chilli, cucumber and pickled celery, tossed in a lemon and shallot mayonnaise, then served with coral lettuce and chips.

• To celebrate wine journalist and columnist Max Allen’s new book Alternative Reality, East Brunswick bar Bahama Gold is hosting a “wine feast” on Monday October 23 from 7pm. Tickets are $95 and include hearty Italian shared plates – with wines to match, of course.