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New restaurant of the year nominee

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Melbourne

So smooth is the service, so glam the dining room, so solid and flat-out flavoursome the menu, so deftly democratic the wine list that it's hard to remember that Dinner is a new restaurant. Sure, it's a spin-off of Heston Blumenthal's original Dinner in London and has replaced his Antipodean pop-up version of The Fat Duck, but its complete, precise embrace of golden-age hotel dining, from gorgeous cocktails through to expensively upholstered horseshoe booths, plus nods to its southern-hemisphere location (kangaroo, groper, lamingtons) make it seem like a big, grown-up breath of fresh air.

IN SHORT Old school in the new world.


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2017 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards Finalists

Where is the most exciting food being cooked in Australia right now? Who's cooking it? Who's serving it? And what are we going to drink with it? Having eaten their way across the length and breadth of the nation to produce the new edition of the GT Restaurant Guide, our review team is perfectly placed to answer these questions and more. If you want to get the jump on the best eating the country has to offer, we've got the story for you. Treat yourself to a double-helping of talent - some new, some established - and then join us in celebrating them when we announce the winners of our restaurant awards in our September issue.

Words Max Allen, Fiona Donnelly, Michael Harden, Pat Nourse & David Sly

Photography Marcel Aucar (Dinner, Brae), Scott Hawkins (Hubert), Julian kingma (Igni, Anchovy, Smalls, Marion), Phillip Castleton (Dan Sharp, Monopole), Scott Hawkins (Hubert), James Knowler (Blackwood, Pink Moon Saloon, Nikki Friedli), AJ Moller (Ben McNair, Gauge), William Meppem (Fleet), Chris Court (Clayton Wells), Jessica Reftel Evans & Martin Reftel (Meira Harel & Bar Liberty)

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Tarta de Santiago

"Gordita makes a splendid version of the Galician almond cake Tarta de Santiago, with its dramatic design. Would you please publish the recipe?" Michael MacDermott, Taringa, Qld REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

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