• Lockdown has lifted. Restaurants are back (well, sort of). Find Broadsheet’s guide to the best newcomers here.

• One helluva collab is happening this Saturday. Get stomping chicken-parm bagels at Bissel B and saucy meatball subs at Saul’s.

Midi, the Burnside team’s new cafe, is set in concrete – literally. And it’s serving Seven Seeds coffee, stellar sandwiches and one very polarising bagel.

• Need to zhoosh up your recipe repertoire? Here’s what the Broadsheet team was cooking during lockdown.

• First Look: 400 Gradi heads seaside with a mega pizzeria, gelateria and deli. On the menu: a 154-cheese pizza that was once a Guinness World Record holder.

• Sour, stout and strawberry-lime gose: here are 16 new booze-free Aussie beers to try.

• After 16 years, stand-out Victorian brewery Bridge Road is spreading its wings – for the first time ever. It’s opening a 350-person taproom and brewery in Melbourne’s inner north.

• Recipe: Shannon Martinez’s “fat-arse”, syrupy souffle pancakes. Add some girth to your breakfast with this vegan riff on the wildly popular Japanese-style pancakes.

• Ocean-fresh nigiri and sushi. Saikyo-miso salmon donburi. Warming curry udon. And more. Tochi Deli is a new traditional Japanese stall in Brunswick Market.

• Last week, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s catering arm was hit with $30,000 in cancelled orders. Show your support by ordering spinach-and-feta triangles, fragrantly spiced biryani and more.

• At Prahran Market’s Truffle Celebration, there’ll be truffle Parmigiano; black-truffle mille-feuille (a savoury take on the layered dessert); truffle, veal and mushroom sausages encased in dinner rolls; black-truffle ice-cream; and more fancy fungus.

• (Another) recipe: Josh Niland’s bodacious fried-fish burger with a thwack of hot sauce. It’s from the pioneering scale-to-tail chef’s second cookbook.

• A mammoth “motherlode” sandwich – stacked with cold cuts and cheese from every deli in Queen Victoria Market’s Dairy Hall – is coming soon. All the details.

• Simple: eat some of the city’s best desserts, go into the draw to win a seaside staycation. (There’s everything from levelled-up pancakes and fruit-driven pies to matched whiskies and loaded frozen yoghurt.)

• Forty of Gelato Messina’s best and most loved specials are returning for you to smash at home. Curl up on the couch with pints of Robert Brownie Jr, You Cannoli Live Once, Fairy Bread, Peach Bellini and more.