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Hilary McNevin brings you the inside stories from Melbourne's dining scene in the column Espresso.

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Fitzroy's Rose Hotel reopens, Harry and Frankie next up

No-nonsense: The Rose's chicken parma.

Downstairs bar reopens, with a Harry and Frankie wine bar spin-off coming soon.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 19 00:00:00 EST 2016

Chef Paul Wilson to open a restaurant at Prahran Market

Chef Paul Wilson.

British chef Paul Wilson is creating a place of his own with a focus on Victorian produce.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Nov 27 12:11:17 EST 2015

Con Christopoulos and Ian Curley team up on French Saloon

Kirk's Wine Bar is expanding.

Expect rollicking good times and bistro food when the French Saloon opens in Hardware Lane.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Nov 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

Semi-Permanent wine bar pops up at Lee Ho Fook site in Collingwood

Popping up: Paul Guiney and Liz Carey will open  Semi-Permanent this week.

Temporary wine bar will be keeping the Smith Street shopfront warm until it is transformed into Goldfish.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 15 00:00:00 EST 2015

South Melbourne restaurant Lamaro's set to relaunch as Lamaro's Bodega

Front of house: Restaurant manager Marvin Holder and assistant manager Andrew Harvey at Lamaro's Bodega.

Spanish-influenced restaurant's menu will be based on rare-breed pork.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 01 00:00:00 EST 2015

Lee Ho Fook moves to Melbourne CBD

Tea-smoked eggs at Lee Ho Fook.

Victor Liong heads for the city lights.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 11 00:00:00 EST 2015

Chefs back farmer David Blackmore in wagyu battle

Class cattle: Neighbours have a beef with David Blackmore's farming ways, but chefs love his stock.

Embattled Victorian wagyu farmer David Blackmore has received unprecedented support from the Australian food community.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 04 00:00:00 EST 2015

The Old Castlemaine Woollen Mill reborn as food precinct

Das Kaffeehaus cafe in the Old Wool Mill development in Castlemaine.

The 100-year-old chimney at Castlemaine's former Woollen Mills is working again, but today it's puffing out gentle plumes from roasting coffee.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Jul 14 00:00:00 EST 2015

Chef Matt Stone rolls into Oakridge Wines, Coldstream

Jo Barrett and Matt Stone.

Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett haven taken the helm of the restaurant at Oakridge.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Jul 07 00:00:00 EST 2015

Lume mixes up the degustation formula

Fine supply: Chefs Shaun Quade (left) and John Paul Fiechtner with sommelier Sally Humble.

Diners will see the menu after they've eaten it, at Shaun Quade's new fine diner.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Jun 30 00:00:00 EST 2015

All scream for Katherine Sabbath's ice-cream cake

Katherine Sabbath's signature upside down ice-cream cake (detail).

Katherine Sabbath demonstrates how to make ice-cream cake.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Jun 23 00:00:00 EST 2015

Melbourne chefs on the move

Persimmon restaurant at NGV will get a Portuguese flavour.

Time to catch our breath after chasing chefs around lately.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Jun 09 00:00:00 EST 2015

Kettle Black crew to open Higher Ground cafe in Melbourne CBD

Firing up: Nathan Toleman (right) with business partners Ben Clark and Elika Rowell at Square One Roastery.

The team behind cafes Kettle Black and Top Paddock are hard at it, establishing a coffee roastery and starting work on their CBD cafe, Higher Ground, due to open in October.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Jun 09 00:00:00 EST 2015

Ladro Greville to become Ladro Tap

Pizza at Ladro.

Prahran pizza haven is rebranding and changing its name to Ladro Tap.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Jun 05 11:34:12 EST 2015

Din Tai Fung to open in Melbourne

Good Foood. U$30. Din Tai Fung, Central Park, Level 2, 1 Central Park Ave. 
Steamed pork dumplings.
Photo: Edwina Pickles. 2nd July 2014.

Melburnians to get a taste of popular Taiwanese dumplings.

Food News | Espresso | Mon May 18 14:44:54 EST 2015

The Moor's Head Elsternwick closes down

Beiruti manoushe at Moor's Head, Elsternwick.

Melbourne's second Moor's Head Middle Eastern pizzeria is no more.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Apr 27 13:18:25 EST 2015

Gelato Messina set to open in Richmond

A scoop of mango gelato at Gelato Messina.

Gelato Messina's second Melbourne outlet is slated to open next month.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 21 14:17:51 EST 2015

Babu Ji Indian eatery to open in New York City

Turmeric fish curry at Babu Ji, St Kilda.

Jessi and Jennifer Singh are taking their particular brand of Indian food to New York.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 21 00:00:00 EST 2015

Turkish and Australian chefs team up for Malmsbury Anzac Day lunch

Turkish and Australian chefs will prepare meals to go with wine from the Gallipoli Peninsula at the Freedom and Friendship event.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 14 00:00:00 EST 2015

Smith & Daughters pair to open vegan deli in Fitzroy

Mo Wyse and Shannon Martinez are set to open a Jewish American-style deli around the corner from their Latin vegan restaurant.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 14 00:00:00 EST 2015