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Helvetica, Perth, WA
BAR OF THE YEAR
The Crosstown Eating House, Brisbane, Qld
The Crosstown is tough to pigeonhole. The owners call it a boutique gastropub but the name itself directs focus back on to what’s at the end of your fork. This much is clear – owners Matt and Benn Christensen and Matthew Howland have blended all that’s good about going out to refuel and relax into something simply cool and different.

Eau de Vie, Sydney, NSW
Is Eau de Vie a bar, or is it a perfect storm of bartending talent? It’s a place where the conversation is as good as the drinks, and the drinks are as good as it gets.

Helvetica, Perth, WA (pictured)
Squirrelled away in a microscopic back-alley behind a street-smart graffiti facade, Helvetica could so easily fall victim to its own coolness. But the eclectic crowd puts paid to any notions of elitism, just as the personable service and the whisky list, probably Australia’s biggest, bring the assurance of substance.

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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

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