• Ben Shewry defends Attica’s position as Australia’s Best Restaurant (but slips from #32 spot last year to #33 on World's 50 Best Restaurants list).

• Melbourne is announced as host to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony in 2017.

• Attica alumnus Peter Gunn pays homage to another giant of cuisine, transforming his Smith Street restaurant IDES into Charlie Trotter’s on Sunday.

• A new Belle’s Hot Chicken spotted in the wild.

• George Calombaris stakes out new ground, opening a third Greek-style taverna, Hellenic Hotel, in Williamstown. Headed by chef Josh Pelham (formerly of Estelle Bistro).

• Serene-minded might prefer Happy Place opened by wellness celebrity Lola Berry. Serves cold-pressed juices, salads and hot bone broth at South Melbourne Market.

• Not a joke: Melbourne’s first dog cafe is actually underway. Their bipedal friends are welcome too.

• New Prahran cafe Fourth Chapter serves something called “Cacao Pops”.

• There’s something called a "friggitoria" – a kind of restaurant devoted to Italian fried snacks. Follow the sounds of bubbling oil to Figo in Elwood.