A snapshot of what’s on the food and wine menu in and around Newcastle NSW.

NEWCASTLE’S food scene is well and truly thriving, if the number of new venuesis anything to go by.

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Portafilter is a prime example.Danny and Ofa Fitzgibbonsopened the Mayfield cafe earlier this month and it is already a hit with coffee lovers.

And in Islington, The Tailor’s Workshop espresso bar has opened. The Macedonian-influenced menu offers everything from sweet pastry treats to huge breakfasts and burgers. Locatedat10 Beaumont Street, Tailor’sis open Monday toFriday,6am to5pm; and 6am to 3pm on weekends.

Newly openedSupper Lanehas been granted a liquor licence which means no more BYO. It isa collaboration between Alice Lees from Uprising Bakery and chef Kyle Liston and, in their words, is a celebration of “crust and curd”. Located at 14 Pacific Street, Supper Lane is open from 6pm on Mondays, and from noon Thursday to Sunday.

The Edwardskicked off a new Monday night venture this week with Mulga Bill’s US-style firepit barbecue. From 5pm you can enjoy enjoy slow-smoked brisket or pork neck on a roll with mustard slaw, home-made pickle and a special sauce. More about The Edwards, soon to celebrate its second birthday, in an upcoming edition of theNewcastle Herald.

Charlestown Square’sFifi La Femme has introduced five new flavours for its cupcake and Melting Moments range, and vegan options are now available. Fifi La Femme also has a new range of Lovers Cakes which are designed to be shared with that special person in your lifejust in time for Valentine’s Day.

Scotties Fish Cafe in Newcastle East now offers a gourmet picnic hamper for a relaxing outdoor dining experience. A $100 hamper includes items such as a brioche roll and Moreton Bay bug and potato salad, and King Island triple cream brie with oat crackers and fresh summer fruit. Scotties, at 36 Scott Street, is openWednesday to Friday,11.30am until late; and 8am until late on weekends.

Newy Burger Co. at The Cambridge Hotel continuesto push boundaries with its towering burgers as well as its “see it to believe it”donut desserts. This week, the “Dirty Fries” option is a fresh take on the classic meat pie, complete with meat sauce and cheese.

In the heart of Newcastle city, Reserve Wine Bar has been partly renovated to providemore seating and a cosier, more intimate atmosphere. There is also a new wine list and menu.Try the murukku on the bar snacks menu,a crunchy Indian delicacy.And Hunter Street Mall’s Cazador has a new menu, with beef carpaccio, zucchini flowers, kingfish cerviche and snapper among the ingredients added.

NEW FACES: Portafilter is a newcomer in Mayfield, and can be found on Hanbury Street. Picture: Marina Neil