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Steak frites is served with either bordelaise or bearnaise sauce and salad at Normandy Wine and Grill.

‘Friendly, cosy, warm and not too stiff’: Say bonjour to Windsor’s new classic French bistro

Call in for anchovy toast and a glass of wine, stay for the steak frites at High Street newcomer Normandy Wine and Grill.

  • Dani Valent
Sosta’s new owners (L-R) Roby Giannetta, Alex Tintori and Frank Remoundos.

‘I want to treat Australia as a region of Italy’: This reborn North Melbourne restaurant is only getting started

Sixteen years in, the North Melbourne restaurant formerly known as Sosta Cucina is ready to write a new chapter in Melbourne’s love affair with Italian cooking.

  • Emma Breheny
Parcs’ new chef Damien Neylon swings open the doors next week.

Popular low-waste city restaurant reopens this week – with a surprising new cooking appliance

In the best tradition of reduce, reuse, recycle, waste-watching restaurant Parcs opens again after a three-month break.

  • Dani Valent
A new twist on anchovy toasts.

The snack Melbourne restaurants are obsessed with just got even better at this new city bakery-restaurant

The team behind Aru and Sunda have opened a “very Melbourne” all-day venue (and soon you can swing by the bakery after work for still-warm sourdough).

  • Dani Valent
A selection of share-friendly snacks from the Mediterranean-inspired menu at the new-look Rooftop at QT.

First look: This revamped city rooftop bar is your new favourite spot for glam group catch-ups

Cosy booths, a private lounge, fried mortadella sandwiches – plus you can now book. QT Melbourne’s rooftop bar will sizzle this summer.

  • Dani Valent
Asparagus tart with curd, broad beans and a parmesan sable from The Recreation’s spring menu.

A Fitzroy North favourite unveils swanky new front bar, after-dinner trolley and snack menu

A former corner pub has a sleek new look that dials up the comfort and dials down the noise.

  • Sasha Geyer
Cibi’s cafe is open for breakfast and lunch.

One of Collingwood’s best spots just got even better with sake on tap and homewares to covet

Newly expanded Cibi cafe and homewares store brings the best of Japan to the backblocks of Collingwood.

  • Dani Valent
Gemini is a new wine bar in Coburg, opened by couple Tresna Lee and Shane Farrell.

‘Finally!’ The Coburg couple who risked it all to open the wine bar of their dreams

Tresna Lee and Shane Farrell put everything on the line to build the cosy wine bar their neighbourhood was missing.

  • Bianca Hrovat
There are two bars and 30 taps at Bridge Road Brewers, Brunswick East

Cheers to the weekend: Four new and improved craft breweries to slake your thirst

With the mercury rising, here are some fresh places to knock the top off a frothy.

  • Dani Valent
Roasted celeriac with umami glaze and pepper beach herbs and crispy saltbush; Otway shiitake with pumpkin seed miso, and kelp-wrapped fish with fermented red capsicum on the menu at Colt.

Mornington’s relaxed, local produce-driven new restaurant is worth getting fired up about

Expect fresh-off-the-boat seafood, wood-fired flavours and a DJ spinning vinyl at Colt Dining in Mornington.

  • Dani Valent