From the team that started up other cafe favourites like Fourth Chapter, Muharam, Sardi and nearby Trei, now comes 1809. Sarah Whitfield and Dimitri Dean, and Maliq and Angie Dean named it after the birthday of Maliq’s youngest son. 1809 is right in the middle of the suburbs in a small shopping strip. They've gone for a more industrial, minimalistic look, with grey concrete, ceramics and bits of greenery including a moss wall at the rear. ...

Take a walk down the street alongside Mocha Jo's and you'll come across a little window covered by a red and white awning. This is Mocha Jo's Burger Bar, now celebrating its first birthday. It's easily missed, and could be mistaken for an open kitchen for the main cafe, but this is a space dedicated to pumping out burgers, hot dogs and other American treats....

Steak Ministry Bar & Grill is yet another successful eatery from Craig Lane and Gerrard Velupillai, this one a New York-style steakhouse that opened in early 2014. The interior is dark and slick, and perhaps most impressively, no design firm was consulted in its making. Everything was designed and procured by themselves. Wood from Phillip Island is featured in wall panelling, ceiling fixtures and interior columns, a striking wine bottle display runs atop the long and narrow kitchen window, and large dimpled metal pendant lights cast a warm...

In the bustling area around Glen Waverley station, one may never run out of ideas on what to eat. Restaurants are aplenty, and one of these is Elephant Corridor, adding authentic Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine to the mix. Thursday night is chilli mud crab night, which tends to draw in Malaysians and Singaporeans, and Sunday and Monday is hopper night, where the thin, crepe-like bowl-shaped pancakes are served to the masses. [caption id="attachment_12130" align="aligncenter" width="534"] Mango Lassi ($5)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12131" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The ‘Old Fashioned Ceylonese’ - Arrack Old,...