What's hot in Melbourne food this week

Maker and Monger's truffle and comte toastie on brioche.
Maker and Monger's truffle and comte toastie on brioche. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

Maker and Monger's truffle toastie

It's a union for the ages: Prahran Market cheesemonger Anthony Femia and mushroom man Damien Pike uniting to create a brioche toastie filled with comte bechamel and fresh shaved truffles to get you through the darkest days of winter. Heaven for $9.50. makerandmonger.com.au

Giuseppe's Cooking School

The pivoting hasn't stopped for Mister Bianco's Joseph Vargetto, who has transformed the back of his Kew restaurant, Mister Bianco, into a Sicilian cooking school. His first masterclass covering all things truffle and pasta, accompanied by aperitivo and tastes of the three dishes, has already sold out and a new date has been added for July 20. Classes are $149 via Try Booking, or email info@misterbianco.com.au

Yum cha at Sun Kitchen

Albert Park's high-end Chinese restaurant, where you get Cantonese and Sichuan classics with an eyeful of lake, is now offering a yum cha service for lunch. Beyond the siu mai and braised chicken feet staples, there is turnip cake tossed in spicy-funky condiment XO and novelty pig-shaped buns filled with salty sweet duck egg custard. sun-kitchen.com

Xiao long bao at Sun Kitchen.
Xiao long bao at Sun Kitchen. Photo: Lee Dawson

Sheng jian bao at Dumpling Collective

In more dumpling news, Toorak's new house of steamed and fried dumplings (with honey chicken and salt and pepper squid, if that's your speed) is offering one of Melbourne's more elusive Shanghai snacks – sheng jian bao. Filled with a gelatinous mixture that melts to soup like xiao long bao, these pork buns are fried for a crisp-bottomed finish. Shop 6/521 Toorak Road, Toorak, dumplingcollective.com.au

Hospitality training and development

If you are a restaurant manager whose head is about to explode from the myriad pivots and stress of relaunching under restrictions, you might want a little pep talk and guidance. Until the end of July, Brisbane-based training and development expert Vanessa Pollock is offering free online courses and tools for hospitality leaders. vanessapollock.com.au