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...