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Restaurant of the Year: Attica, Melbourne

First there was Ben Shewry, the promising kid out in the suburbs. Then came Ben Shewry, a man on a mission and a chef on the ascendant. Today it's Ben Shewry, spokesperson for Australian restaurants abroad. Never mind that it's not a role of his choosing (and never mind that he's a Kiwi), by dint of his particular interest and ambitions Shewry has fashioned a restaurant not quite like any other on this or any other continent. Along the way he has attracted a band of like-minded collaborators who are drawn to his vision of Attica as a place that's engaged with the community, as committed to social responsibility as it is to feats of culinary daring. Maybe you went to Attica a couple of years ago and liked it. (That potato cooked in earth was really something, wasn't it?) The Attica of today is a different restaurant. Bigger physically, yes, but it's also greater and more substantial. It now has the gardens and test kitchen-trappings that are de rigueur for eateries on the global stage, but it has lost none of its heart. And yes, you'll eat and drink here better than ever.


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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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