BYO in Bondi
After opening in December for breakfast and lunch, Cafe Bondi has expanded its remit to include dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. Like its daytime menu, evening dishes will be fresh and simple – think ricotta-stuffed tempura zucchini flowers, fish’n’chips with house-made tartare and a slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Just as enticing is the fact that it’s doing BYO wine and champagne, with a $12 corkage fee per bottle. Plus, it’s launched a weekend bottomless brunch menu with three courses and unlimited mimosas, rosé and white wine for $79 per person. cafebondi.com.au

Through the door
After a series of pop-up music, wine and food events across town, under the moniker The Blue Door, chef Dylan Cashman (ex-Paper Daisy) is launching a permanent diner in Surry Hills. While it’s under construction, Cashman and his partner and sommelier Angelica Nohra are launching a three-week residency at Orto Trading Co in Waterloo, from April 29. It’ll be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, serving a six-course tasting menu ($119) that’ll change weekly. Diners will be able to add matching NSW wines from $50. bluedoorhospitality.com.au

Have an avo
If you’ve ever suffered from “avocado hand” – an injury acquired while trying to slice open a particularly stubborn (usually Shepard) avocado – Cuckoo Callay’s Kiss My Hass festival might be one for you (read: you can eat avocado without slicing up your own hand). Until June 11 it’ll be serving a menu crafted by the executive chefs from its sister restaurants Nour and Lilymu, as well as its own executive chef. Expect three versions of avocado on toast; a lemon and coconut French toast with avocado mascarpone and Italian meringue; a spiced potato and pea croquette with pickles and Asian-style slaw in an avocado burger bun; and an avocado-spiked Margarita. cuckoo-callay.com.au

A magical evening
Handsome QVB bar and bistro Esquire is injecting a little magic into your Thursday night with the launch of its monthly Smoke & Mirrors series, with mentalists and magicians performing as diners enjoy their meals. The first event ($125) will be held on April 22. Guests will feast on a five-course meal with paired wines, as mentalist Andy Nunn and magicians Vincent Kuo and Adam Axford weave their wizardry. Expect dishes such as a scallop and white-truffle risotto, slow-braised Wagyu cheek, and a grilled cheese sandwich. esquireatqvb.com.au

Vendor bender
Craft beer and liquor retailer Craft Cartel has launched a craft-beer vending machine subscription service. There are just four memberships available, for $10,000 each. That lucky foursome will each get a customised vending machine that will be refilled quarterly with beers from breweries including Jetty Road, Ballistic Beer Co and Foghorn Brewing. Your membership will also include private tastings and tours at local breweries, a beer pong table and bar tabs at a range of Aussie breweries. If that’s a bit much, there’s a $99-per-month subscription that includes monthly beer deliveries, 10 per cent off across the site, free shipping with orders over $30 and discounts on new-release beers. Pre-sale for the membership begins on April 16, with general public on sale April 19. craftcartel.com.au