The Rustica Canteen family has expanded once again, this time taking up residence in the new Maple apartment complex in Hawthorn. Local office workers and residents now have somewhere closer where they can get their hands on Brenton Lang’s drool-worthy baked goods....

From the people behind Babu Ji in St Kilda comes Piquancy, which has recently settled into Auburn Village in Hawthorn East. Classic curries and street food are on the menu, but Piquancy also serves contemporary Indian, in part demonstrated by its non-traditional name. Sharp, stimulating, exciting, appetising. The definition of piquancy is what they hope to achieve with their food....

This was once Lalage Café, which proffered more Greek fare, but owners Roulla Saisanas and James Limneos wanted to do something more fresh and modern. They re-entered the brunch scene with Mr & Mrs Anderson, operating under a farm-to-plate structure and working with a farm in Moe who supplies their herbs and vegetables. The new fit out is filled with light, courtesy of their position on a corner block and liberal use of full-length windows. A boxed in seating area outside allows visitors to enjoy the weather, as well...