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Piquancy Is the New All-Day Indian Restaurant from the Team Behind Babu Ji

The Hawthorn eatery will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner.
By Tom Clift
April 05, 2017
By Tom Clift
April 05, 2017

The word 'piquancy' means a sharp, spicy, appetising flavour. So, really, it seems like quite a good name for Hawthorn's newest Indian eatery. Opening tonight — Wednesday, April 5 — on Auburn Road, the new restaurant from the team behind St Kilda's Babu Ji will feature a mix of traditional dishes and lesser-known street foods, and will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

"It's a name that's not obviously Indian, so people won't have a preconceived opinion of the food," said co-owner Mani Waraich. "We hope our venue will help shift the usual perception of Indian food, which is the typical curry and rice menu."

Of course, you will find curry and rice on the menu, along with classic dishes like chari pork chops and Babu Ji's tandoori chicken. But you'll also find a variety of other options, including pani puri, beetroot-cured paneer and even gluten-free naan. "We have a diverse menu and want people to experience all the elements of a contemporary Indian meal," said Waraich.

The Piquancy wine list, meanwhile, has been carefully curated by sommelier Jeff Sault. You'll also be able to choose from some 40 crafts beers. Assuming you like the food, the restaurant will also be offering a number of ticketed cooking classes, the details of which should be made available soon.

Piquancy is now open at 123 Auburn Road, Hawthorn. For more information, visit

Images: Eugene Hyland. 

Published on April 05, 2017 by Tom Clift
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