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Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

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Aria
Modern Australian
  • 1 Macquarie St,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9240 2255,
    www.ariarestaurant.com/
  • Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sun 5.30pm-10pm

Aria
-33.85934,151.213195

If it's sparkle you're after, keep your senses trained on the arresting harbour views that make up the fourth wall of this lofty Sydney institution. Its quietly moneyed clientele isn't looking for flash or showmanship from the food - happy instead to let the reliably luxurious menu, spectacular wine list and skyscraper prices create a sense of drama. That's not to say the food doesn't live up to its promise; it does, if you assume its promise is beautifully cooked dishes that rarely colour outside the lines. A lush Champagne lobster entrée pairs with one of its favourite bedfellows, a rich kombu butter sauce. Roasted breast of corn-fed duck sings the precise tune you'd expect when it sits with caramelised onions and figs, and with the exception of an unusual hit of mushroom in a caramel tart, desserts play by the rules, too. If it's a special occasion or there are big clients in town, Aria can be relied upon to hold the line.  


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • 2 courses $110

    3 courses $135

    4 courses $160

    7 courses $185

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Matt Moran & Ben Turner

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