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Finalists for Bar of the Year 2018
28.07.2017

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
27.07.2017

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
27.07.2017

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
27.07.2017

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
27.07.2017

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
27.07.2017

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

Restaurants with rooms
27.07.2017

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
26.07.2017

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.

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Co-op Dining
Modern Australian
Co-op Dining
-31.95394,115.87696

If the two-bite wonders that kick off dinner aren't the city's best snacks, they're certainly its most interesting. From dainty duck heart and blueberry toasts to beef tendon puffed into chicharrón-style crackers, these opening dishes exemplify Co-op Dining's source-local, cook-global credo. It's not all finger food and animal offcuts, though. Rosy duck breast with roasted oyster mushrooms and glassy shards of fried cabbage is a picture of earthy savour, while an oxheart tomato filled with house-made ricotta shows a lightness of touch. Genteel staff, while knowledgeable about the food and thoughtful beer and wine options, don't always crackle with the same energy as the kitchen. We'd love to see Co-op Dining take that next step, but, for now, parting shots such as honey and lavender ice-cream with miso caramel close the night on a high. And the offer of a freewheeling five-course vegetarian menu served on Tuesdays? Very cool.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • 5 courses $99, 10 courses $125

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Kiren Mainwaring

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