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Bar of the Year 2018
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Whether it's a late-night spot playing hip-hop at full volume, a throwback to the glamour of yesteryear or a bar-restaurant that slips the collar of definition, these three Bar of the Year finalists have all nailed one essential detail: good times.

Finalists for Regional Restaurant of the Year 2018
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These three restaurants - Fleet, Brae and Igni - might not be in capital cities, but the journey there is part of the unforgettable experience they offer.

Living off the land in winter
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The life of a farmer revolves around the seasons. Come winter, a certain thriftiness is needed in the kitchen to make the most of meagre produce, writes Paulette Whitney.

Why breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day in Italy
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Italy's claim to being the greatest of the world's cuisines has one key weakness: breakfast. But, argues John Irving, there's more to the story than first meets the eye.

Reasons to visit Los Angeles in 2017
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The hottest spots to eat, drink, play and stay on your next trip to LA, rounded up into one perfect day.

Reasons to visit Canberra in 2017
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Your guide to a perfect stay in Canberra, from where to sleep to the exhibitions you need to check out.

Restaurants with rooms
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Some of Australia's best dining destinations take the hassle out of a weekend stay by offering their own on-site digs where you can hit the hay in style after your meal.

Finalists for Maitre D' of the Year 2018
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The maitre d' is your first introduction to a restaurant - they do as much to create a sense of ambience as lighting, tableware and music. And these three professionals are top of the class.

Caveau
Modern European
  • 122-124 Keira St,
    Wollongong, NSW
  • (02) 4226 4855,
    www.caveau.com.au/
  • Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-9pm

Caveau
-34.422022,150.893374

You're guaranteed to pause at least once during your meal to identify the instrumental song being piped through the restaurant. (It was Clint Mansell's "Requiem for a Dream" that caught us.) But there will be little confusion over the quality of Peter Sheppard's food. This fine-dining, French-leaning restaurant is Wollongong's most awarded, and it's a slick operation. Service is prompt, polite, informed and in harmony with the sophisticated dishes being served (the kitchen preference is for the seven-course dégustation). Roasted pumpkin agnolotti with parmesan powder, pumpkin foam and a rosemary beurre noisette is buttery yet light. Roasted lobster tail with veal sweetbreads, parsnips and smoky speck is another Instagram-perfect dish. Finish with the blue cheese mousse and goat's cheese with baby beets, figs and honeycomb and add in the well-priced wine list and you can see why Caveau continues to impress.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • 3 courses $80 (Tue-Thu);

    Dégustation $105

     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Peter Sheppard

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