After holding a pop-up last year at The Boatbuilder’s Yard, Bang Bang has found permanent digs in Elsternwick, settling into the former Caulfield Rifle Club building right next to Elsternwick station. Head chef Matthew Dunbar has created a menu which takes cues from Indochine (mainland Southeast Asia) and French cuisine. The vision for the Bang Bang is for it to be a flexible space: come in for breakfast, hang around all day at the bar, or wander in for dinner....

Penta has a formidable line-up of stablemates including Legacy, Temperance Society and My Other Brother (MOB Espresso). Expectations are high. Can it live up to them? Penta has five owners, hence it’s name; Nicky Campbell (also the head chef), Julien Moussi, Cory Slater, Kristy-Lea and Stuart Deva make up the team. Designed by Ritz & Ghougassian, the interior is full of polished concrete, stone and stainless steel. It’s a sleek modern look that’s softened by touches of plant life. A round table is hidden at the back next...

For owners Judy and Jenny, it became a chore to find cafés that served healthy, nutritious food that also tasted good. An increased awareness of special diets was also a major driver in inspiring the creation of World Vegetarian Cafe. Although their target market is those with special dietary needs, now 10 months old, the cafe is also popular with people simply looking for healthier, and often vegan and vegetarian alternatives. It all began with the realisation that most dishes are full of sugar, salt and butter - the...

Popping up at The Boatbuilders Yard, Bang Bang RC is giving us a taste of what's to come and leaving us hanging for more. The permanent restaurant in Elsternwick will be built from scratch, and whilst it's time consuming, expensive and leaves more potential for things to go wrong, it does allow them to design and create their dream restaurant. These dream plans include the installation of a woodfired grill and big wok burners to recreate authentic flavours. [caption id="attachment_11655" align="aligncenter" width="534"] South-east Side - Four Pillars Navy Strength...