New openings
With three venues in one, this newbie from a Sydney hospitality giant has been six years in the making. Expect a roaming vodka cart, bumps of caviar and plenty of seafood.

At this Surry Hills cafe you’ll find tahini toast that’ll set you back a fiver, salads from social enterprise Two Good, and Salt Meats Cheese pastries – and 100 per cent of profits go to charity.

While the rest of the city was winding down over summer, the hospitality scene was going full steam ahead. From a diner serving lasagne pie, to out-of-the-ordinary ramen, to a Japanese eatery with a “secret” menu, here are our picks of the best new openings.

Not only does this new Bondi eatery serve delicious, chewy bagels stuffed with cured salmon and salted beef, it’s also got a whole bunch of Jewish deli goods, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

At this new ramen joint don’t expect anything traditional – instead go for bowls of noodle soup made with coriander, yuzu scallop, fish salt and fat soy.

The long-awaited spin-off of a Bondi favourite opened last week, bringing litre carafes of Negroni, puffy woodfired bread and loads of snacks to the CBD.

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Fromage fans: Australia’s biggest cheese festival is returning to Sydney. Whether you’re a Comté connoisseur, a stilton supporter or a brie buff, there’ll be a cheese for you.

Local knowledge
This two-decade old takeaway joint is a hot contender for Sydney’s best Turkish kebab shop.

Last chance
A diner that redefined what plant-based food could taste like is closing – but in its place is something just as exciting.

Old space, new face
This Bondi bar has new owners – and they’ve given the place a tiki makeover. (Plus Sunday roasts and Scotch eggs.)