A deli – easily mistaken for a 1940s Milanese diner – drops into Paddington. Scrambled eggs come with pecorino and lasagne hails from Bologna.

Authentic Mexican by the water is elusive. Take a look at Bar Patrón, by Rockpool Dining Group, where Negronis come with Tequila and "Millionaire Margaritas" are made tableside for $100. Why? Because it can.

A rare Parramatta find: Vietnamese food with an open mind, made with recipes from Grandma's cookbook brought to life with clay-pot-style caramelised fish and rural curries.

At Sydney's newest Asian food hub there's a noodle joint by the host of cult Chinese dating show If You Are The One.

Erskineville's "grand old dame" reopens with a vegan menu and a stage for "drag and dine" performances.

Centennial Park is about to get its own cheese festival. Stop by the vegan-cheese stall, before visiting the "global-cheese district".

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The Donut Time empire comes crumbling down. Half of its outlets have closed, forcing owner Damian Griffiths to sell what's left.

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