Tees for a cause
Five years ago iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan visited Butter Sydney’s Surry Hills store. To mark the anniversary, the sneaker, champagne and fried-chicken purveyor has released a line of tees paying tribute to the history of hip-hop and its most celebrated stars. Designed to look like the cover of The Source magazine – a rap periodical founded in 1988 – the tees each depict a different deceased legend: Tupac, Biggie Smalls and the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Butter will donate 20 per cent of all proceeds from the $70 shirts to youth-development project The Street University, and there’s just 500 shirts available. buttersydney.com.au

Matteo’s back
Almost a year after closing due to lockdown, Matteo’s Downtown Bar reopened this week. The CBD bar has increased its space for al fresco dining, with an Italian-style piazza perfect for a post-work aperitivo and snacks. Co-owner and chef Orazio D’Elia has launched a new menu with dishes such as octopus and porchetta skewers, pasta fresca with braised veal, and Napoli-style pizzas. The playful drinks menu features classics such as Aperol Spritzes and five types of Negroni, as well as a Sorbellini – an Aperol Spritz spiked with passionfruit sorbet. Matteo’s CBD dining room will reopen in the coming months. matteosydney.com

A meat dispensary
Japanese diner and grocer Gyusha has launched a fresh-meat vending machine on the ground floor of Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet in Drummoyne – a delicious nod to the many vending machines found throughout Japan. The machine – which is open 24/7 – is dispensing Wagyu and grass-fed beef, plus house-made Wagyu sausages; 59 per cent of profits go towards Starlight Children’s Foundation. kindmeatco.com

Mardi Gras yum cha
Surry Hills diner Chin Chin is celebrating Mardi Gras with a vivacious weekend yum cha on March 6 and 7. For $55 enjoy the diner’s special Mardi Gras menu, which includes pink-hued pad thai; pink mud crab and scallop dumplings; prawn bao with pink sauce; pork buns; and more. On both days you can expect live entertainment from queer performers, and choose from vibrant cocktails including the Love at First Sight (vodka, rose liqueur, strawberry, lavender bitters, pineapple and lemon) and the Plum Paradise (Scotch whisky, rosso vermouth, Frangelico, plum bitters and lime). chinchin.sydney

Getting mushie
Recently opened Newtown diner Happy Belly Chinese Restaurant is serving tasty dishes including fish and prawn dumplings, pan-fried beef and leek buns, and fried barramundi with soy sauce. Co-owner Andy Law was formerly at Lotus group, while fellow owner and chef Sik Kwan Tsui has worked at Queen Chow, Chefs Gallery and Lynn Shanghai. A menu highlight is the mushroom bun – split open the mushroom-shaped dumpling for a custard “lava” and egg yolk filling. facebook.com/happybellychineserestaurant