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Recipes with peaches

Whether caramelised in a tarte Tartin, paired with slow-roasted pork on top of pizza or tossed through salads, this sweet stone fruit is an excellent addition to summer cooking.

Knives and Ink chef tattoos

What is it about chefs and tattoos? A new book asks the inked to answer for themselves.

Ben Shewry's favourite souvlaki restaurant in Melbourne Kalimera Souvlaki Art

Attica’s chef isn’t happiest when eating soils or smears on his days off, it’s souvlaki. We follow him to his favourite spot.

Black Star Pastry to open in Carlton, Melbourne

Instagram’s most famous cake, plus a few other sweet hits, is heading south.

Seabourn Encore luxury cruise ship

Australia is about to get its first glimpse of Seabourn Encore, a glamorous new addition to the Seabourn fleet.

Berry recipes

Whether it's raspberries paired with chocolate in a layer cake, or blueberries with lemon in a tart; berries are a welcome addition to any dessert. Here are delicious recipes with berries.

Light and healthy recipes

With fresh ingredients and lots of spices, these light and healthy recipes are perfect for summer.

Coconut crab and green mango salad

"This salad bursts with fresh, vibrant flavours and became a signature on my Paramount menus," says Christine Manfield. "I capitalised on using green mangoes in many dishes as they became more widely available. Blue swimmer crabs from South Australia have the most delicious sweet meat. It's best to buy them whole, cook them yourself and carefully pick the meat from the shell - a tedious task but it gives the best flavour. This entree also works well with spanner crab meat (you can buy this in packs ready cooked from reliable fishmongers). The sweetness of the crab, the richness of the fresh coconut and the sourness of green mango make a wonderful partnership. It's all about harmony on the palate and using the very best produce."

Aquitaine Brasserie
French
Aquitaine Brasserie
-27.480758,153.025432

The name is a nod to France's south-west gastronomic heartland, a region as famous for its wine as its classic dishes. But don't come seeking regional rigour at the South Bank version. It's on the river, but this casually glam, smooth-lined Aquitaine casts its net wider for inspiration. Crisp-coated snapper beignets partnered with a vibrant peperonata get things off to a strong start. The anise-scented bouillabaisse arrives tinged gold with saffron, yielding a haul that includes Moreton Bay bug, mussels and salmon, alongside excellent house bread. Bordeaux gets a look-in on the affordable wine list, as do Burgundy, Alsace and more, along with Australian-grown French-style wines. Desserts are equally hard to pigeonhole but just as worthy of the notional travel miles. A summer "Snickers" with peanut-butter ice-cream cups and dramatic caramel twists should sweeten even hidebound provincialists.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $16-$19

    M $26-$40

    D $14

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Damon Porter

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