• A Peruvian rotisserie-chicken shop and new tenants for a south-side institution are just some of the upcoming openings we’re most excited about.

• The team behind Welcome to Thornbury has opened a new mega-bar on Collins Street. Belle’s Hot Chicken, Mr Burger and 64 beer taps – tick.

• The owners of Tom Phat have opened a new restaurant in an old warehouse in Brunswick. The speciality at Bhang? Regional Indian street food.

• Toasta is giving away free toasties on Tuesday to celebrate its first birthday.

• Melbourne restaurateurs have opened a very specific restaurant in Tokyo: OUT is all about Led Zeppelin, red wine and pasta with truffles.

• If you like dumplings you don’t want to miss this: Din Tai Fung is offering a special 18-course dumpling degustation for one night only in August.

• In Clifton Hill, two friends have opened a cafe in a corner spot that has been attracting locals for more than 100 years – it used to be the local butcher.

• Imagine a magic sauce that, with just one tablespoon, turns any ordinary dish into something delicious. According to one Sydney chef, this is it.

• A new Mexican cantina has opened in the south, with a former San Telmo chef in the kitchen.

• Poke the Bear, which is going for a relaxed Bali vibe, has opened in Northcote in the old Radio Mexico Norte building.