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The latest in food from Melbourne, July 7, 2022

• For a decade, diners at the Moroccan Soup Bar have scribbled love letters to the Melbourne restaurant on napkins. As it closes for good, they are a eulogy. Read our article.

• These are Melbourne’s best cafes and fast-casual openings of 2022 (so far).

• Australia’s best bartender for 2022 has been announced – and he’s a Melburnian. Bar Liberty’s Nick Tesar will represent Australia at the World Finals in September. Raise a glass.

• Sad news for cake lovers: Beatrix, one of Melbourne’s most popular bakeries, will close its doors next month. “I think I’m a little bloated and need a tough break after 12 years.”

• Now open: Set in a 1950s chocolate factory, Frontside is a welcome new daytime eatery for Port Melbourne – with breakfast-friendly carbonara and fluffy tiramisu rolls.

• Bookmark This: 30 of Victoria’s top chefs under 30 share their favorite food to eat in the state right now. Including epic souvas, whimsical hash browns and what can only be described as “sandwich sorcery”. Plot?

• First Look: It’s all about shokupan at South Yarra’s new Fuumi Japanese Bakery. Get the fluffy milk bread whole or half-loaf, like a classic katsu sando, or topped with peanut butter and burnt banana.

• Here: all the new restaurant, cafe and bar openings in Melbourne that had us excited in June.

• Two of our favorite Melbourne restaurants – Lagoon and Congress – come together for one night only, July 24. The famous Congress pig-head sanga will be performed in Cantonese, and there will be Sichuan-style roo pastrami. Online booking.

• Small room, big atmosphere: Maurice Terzini from Icebergs and Joe Vargetto from Mister Bianco open the brutalist Italian restaurant Cucina Povera. They returned to their Italian roots, channeling the garages of their youth – where their families made wine, hung salami and had a blast doing it.

• Aim for the sky at Melbourne’s chic new CBD bar – complete with a ‘floating’ outdoor lounge – 40 floors higher.

• Korean dessert cafe Sulbing has opened a cute new take-out storefront in the CBD. It serves miniature versions of its signature bingsu (a shaved ice dessert), as well as pastries, smoothies, and other drinks.