Daniel Pepperell won over Sydney diners with savvy twists on Italian food at 10 William St. At Restaurant Hubert, he applies a similar approach to the French canon - to tasty effect. "I introduced dishes like the melon en surprise to Hubert because we like to look at classic French cookery and see how we can give it a modern identity and a sense of place here in Australia," says Pepperell. "I like melons that aren't too ripe for this dish - a little bit of crispness to the flesh is a good thing. Freezing the melon cups, meanwhile, keeps the sorbet stable and cold."
Piel de sapo melon (also called Santa Claus melon) and finger limes are available from select greengrocers. Dextrose is available from select health-food shops and online home-brew suppliers including Country Brewer and Aussie Brewmakers. Ascorbic acid is available from select health-food shops; it prevents the apple and sorrel juices from discolouring.