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By Hilary McNevin

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

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Just open: Hanoi Hannah Express Lane

Two of the three owners, Simon Bacher (left) and Nicholas Coulter.

Drive through banh mi? Prahran's Hanoi Hannah takeaway offshoot will run your order out to your car as you pull up.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 15 03:00:00 EST 2014

Jimmy Grants joins Collins Street pop-up restaurant precinct

The Bonnegilla Souvlaki at Jimmy Grants.

Jimmy Grants is the third big name to sign up for Melbourne shipping container dining precinct Rue & Co.

Food News | Espresso | Thu Apr 10 15:23:24 EST 2014

Comme makes way for CBD Stokehouse

The Stokehouse was razed by fire in January.

News that St Kilda's Stokehouse is moving to the city in May came as a surprise to staff at Comme.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 08 08:18:45 EST 2014

Cecconi's restaurant has a handsome new look

Cecconi's has had a makeover.

The hatted Italian restaurant receives a clean and sleek makeover.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 08 03:00:00 EST 2014

Just open: Fonda Mexican, Flinders Lane

Pork Taco at the original Fonda.

Fonda's third and biggest site is unveiled - with the mod-Mexican cantina taking over the former Virginia Plain space.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 08 03:00:00 EST 2014

Just open: Vietnamese cafes Paperboy Kitchen and Ba'get

Banh mi from Ba'get.

Two Vietnamese newcomers are banging out banh mi and noodles in the CBD.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Apr 01 03:00:00 EST 2014

Emporium's huge 'cafe court' caters for the shopping masses

Earl Canteen's pork belly sandwich.

The Melbourne retail development's 1100-seater food court will feature Earl Canteen, Spud Bar, Jimmy Grants and more.

Food News | Espresso | Mon Mar 31 14:21:15 EST 2014

Stokehouse City to open in May

The Van Haandel Group is moving the Stokehouse into the city, albeit temporarily.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Mar 28 16:24:10 EST 2014

Heston Blumenthal tipped to open Melbourne restaurant

Heston Blumenthal.

Heston Blumenthal is preparing to open a restaurant in Melbourne.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 25 17:41:30 EST 2014

Shannon Bennett to relaunch Observatory Cafe as Jardin Tan

Shannon Bennett.

Vue de Monde's founder is about to take control of the Royal Botanic Gardens' Observatory Cafe.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 25 08:30:13 EST 2014

Just open: Pallino Bar and Clever Polly

Patrons playing  bocce at Pallino Bar.

One of Thornbury's original 1950s espresso bars is revived, and a new natural wine bar opens in North Melbourne.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Hortus Project glasshouse and cafe to open in Docklands

Hortus Project will open later this week.

Coffee roaster Seven Seeds and Utopian Folk collaborate on a temporary cafe at the Docklands waterfront.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Upcoming events for Melbourne meat-eaters

Jess Pryles aka Burger Mary.

Fancy Hank's Bar-B-Que's slow-cooked saddleback, the Carnivore's Ball, and Burn City Smokers.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Just open: Moor's Head, Elsternwick

Joseph Abboud at his second Moor's Head.

Italian-Moorish pizza mashup The Moor's Head opens a southside outlet on the site of former Middle Eastern bakery Manakish.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 18 03:00:00 EST 2014

No makeover for Chianti Bistro

Unchanged: Chianti's dining room has been spared a hip makeover.

New owners have taken a softly-softly approach to Queens Parade stalwart Chianti Bistro since taking over in mid-February.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 18 03:00:00 EST 2014

No-bookings restaurants lead DineSmart 2013 donations

Chin Chin topped the list in 2012 and featured in the 2013 top ten.

Chin Chin and Mamasita were among the country's top 10 fundraisers during last year's DineSmart campaign.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Mar 14 10:02:19 EST 2014

Pop-up restaurant precinct to open in Melbourne's CBD

Salvatore Malatesta.

Some big names are attached to the temporary food hub which will 'pop-up' at the north-west corner of Collins and Exhibition Streets for the next 12 to 18 months, prior to the site being re-developed.

Food News | Espresso | Thu Mar 13 17:23:28 EST 2014

Andrew McConnell's chef shuffle

Rory Cowcher (left) and Andrew McConnell.

Andrew McConnell restructures some of his top-tier staff as he gears up to transform Golden Fields into a wine bar and bistro.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 11 07:37:45 EST 2014

Earl Canteen to join Emporium

Earl Canteen's famous pork belly sandwich.

The Earl Canteen sandwich empire continues to grow with a third outlet planned.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Mar 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Piccolo: Melbourne restaurant bites

A hot cross bun from Baker D Chirico.

Baker D Chirico's hot cross bun pop-up; African street food at Jabili's Kitchen; Stefano's chef opens Black Stump Bistro, and more.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Mar 07 08:44:53 EST 2014