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

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Dead Man Espresso team open city haunt Sun Moth Canteen & Bar

The team from Sun Moth Canteen & Bar.

A streamlined menu, craft beers, natural wines and filter coffee will be the go at this new Melbourne laneway canteen.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 16 08:55:21 EST 2014

Just open: Tadka Boom!

A Gandhi portrait watches over diners at Tadka Boom!

Colourful CBD eatery puts a healthy spin on Indian cuisine with its sliders, salads, roti wraps and brown rice bowls.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 09 15:04:48 EST 2014

Just open: Polepole Bar & Kitchen

African snacks at Polepole.

Earthy, rustic watering hole with imported Afrian beers and smoky snacks opens in the CBD.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 09 09:26:06 EST 2014

Melbourne Mexican restaurants celebrate El Grito at Federation Square

Mexican snacks from Mesa Verde.

More than a dozen of Melbourne's Mexican restaurants will join Independence Day celebrations on Sunday.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 09 00:00:00 EST 2014

Huxtaburger pop-up planned for The Curtin


The trio behind Fitzroy restaurant Huxtable and its burgeoning spin-off Huxtaburger will bring burgers to the Carlton pub.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 09 00:00:00 EST 2014

Eastern European restaurant The Crimean changes hands

The vareniki with sour cream and fresh horse radish dish from Crimean.

A beer garden and a cigar bar: That's what the new owners of North Melbourne's Eastern Euro hub have planned.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 02 08:04:11 EST 2014

Just open: Mama's Buoi, Melbourne GPO

Mama's Buoi features a modern Vietnamese menu.

Roll'd founders transform the space that once housed Ramen Ya into a bright, modern Vietnamese eatery.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 02 03:00:00 EST 2014

Camberwell Cretan restaurant Elyros to open this week

Owners Guy Holder, Disa Dimitrakakis and Angie Giannakodakis at Elyros.

There will be strictly no souvlaki or saganaki at this Greek restaurant from the team behind Carlton's Epocha.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Sep 02 00:00:00 EST 2014

Finn and Vegilicious join the Carlisle Street crowd

Steak with coconut butter and lotus root at Uncle.

A Scandi cafe and a vegetarian restaurant open on the slab of Carlisle Street around St Kilda library.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 26 03:00:00 EST 2014

St Ali North to be reborn after ownership shuffle

Salvatore Malatesta.

Salvatore Malatesta and chef Jesse Gerner have parted ways amicably at St Ali North in Carlton North.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 19 07:24:11 EST 2014

Sunny side up: South of Johnston cafe goes solar

South of Johnston cafe in Collingwood.

Collingwood warehouse cafe has converted to solar energy via 40 panels on the roof.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 12 03:00:00 EST 2014

Panama Dining Room sold

Panama Dining Room.

The Collingwood restaurant has quietly changed hands.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 12 03:00:00 EST 2014

Mexican eatery Mojo Mama opens in Geelong

Mexican motherlode: Inside Mojo Mama.

Restaurateurs Daniel and Tamara Brehaut have found their mojo, opening Mexican spin-off Mojo Mama two doors up from their Black Bull tapas bar in Moorabool Street.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 12 03:00:00 EST 2014

Just open: Il Melograno, Northcote

Gelati at Il Melograno.

It might seem counterintuitive to open a gelateria in winter, but Westgarth locals are scooping up this Sicilian gelati.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 12 03:00:00 EST 2014

Basque bound: Gerald's Bar to open in San Sebastian

Gerald Diffey (left) and Mario di Ienno.

Melbourne bar owners Gerald Diffey and Mario Di Ienno have taken over a small restaurant in the coastal Basque town of San Sebastian.

Food News | Espresso | Fri Aug 08 15:29:19 EST 2014

Just open: Belle's Hot Chicken, Fitzroy

Finger licking: Nashville-style hot chicken at Belle's.

Former Loam chef Aaron Turner and Kiwi Morgan McGlone have buddied up on Belle's Hot Chicken.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 05 07:19:03 EST 2014

St Kilda's Saint Hotel becomes St. Hotel

The Saint will become St. Hotel.

Chef Sean Judd, whose CV includes Chin Chin, will take charge of the stove at the St. Hotel, due to open in early October.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Meaty milestone: Vlado's celebrates 50 years

Vlado's has been serving steaks for 50 years.

Melbourne's oldest continuously owned restaurant, Vlado's, marks half a century of serving steak.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Dainty Sichuan, New Shanghai and Chinta Ria open Emporium outlets

New Shanghai's interior is inspired by Shanghai backstreets.

CBD development Emporium Melbourne's newest tenants include some well-known names in Asian dining.

Food News | Espresso | Tue Aug 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Manu Feildel's Melbourne restaurant Le Grand Cirque to shut

My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel.

My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel is closing his French restaurant Le Grand Cirque just four months after opening.

Food News | Espresso | Wed Jul 30 15:35:32 EST 2014