Eating out in Hawthorn? Try these places

Piquancy, 123 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, (03) 9813 5160. Thurs-Sat lunch, Wed-Mon dinner

There's a great lunch deal at this obliging Indian eatery: just $20 gets you two curries, rice, and naan.

The Achari pork chop at Piquancy.

Photo: Chris Hopkins

Tana Cafe, 36 Church Street, Hawthorn, no phone. Wed-Mon breakfast & lunch

This longstanding neighbourhood cafe is small and simple but does everything well. Come for coffee, sandwiches and baked goods with a Japanese twist.

Mother Dough, 86 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, (03) 9819 9000. Fri lunch, Wed-Mon dinner

Come quick for slow food. Pizza dough is fermented for three days (even the gluten-free pizza base is fermented for two days) and ragus are slowly bubbled away at low temperatures.

Kitchenette, 217 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, (03) 9939 9340. Mon-Fri breakfast & lunch

As well as exemplary daytime meals, Hawthorn's sweetest cafe can also be booked for private dinners for 10 to 15, starting at just $60 a head.

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