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Australia's top 20 rieslings
22.02.2017

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.

Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

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To travel to Normandy along the Seine is to take it by stealth, writes Larissa Dubecki, who ventured forth in search of chateaux and Calvados.

Cirrus, Sydney review
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Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

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20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

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16.02.2017

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

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Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
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Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

Dandelion
Vietnamese
  • 133 Ormond Rd,
    Elwood,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9531 4900,
    dandelion.ws/
  • Lunch Thu-Fri noon-3.30pm, Sat-Sun noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 5.30pm-9.30pm

Dandelion
-37.88584,144.988654

Once upon a time Elwood locals would have to hike across town if they wanted interesting food after dark. That was until Geoff Lindsay introduced this polished diner to the 'hood. Having a classically trained chef with a soft spot for Vietnamese cuisine means sophisticated riffs on the theme plus seamless service, good-looking surrounds and price tags to match. Get in the zone with rolled-to-order soft-shell crab in rice paper, before moving on to bigger dishes such as goat or duck curries, or offerings from the coconut grill - local silver whiting wrapped in banana leaves, say, flavoured with lemongrass, turmeric and chilli. Staff and fellow diners will hard-sell you on the tamarind-laced caramelised pork hock (you should take their word for it), but know that the generous portions are designed to be shared. Desserts can be patchy but the overall package, from a spice-friendly wine list to clever set menu options, is slick.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $9-$26

    M $20-$48

    D $12-$14

    Dégustations $58-$78

     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Geoff Lindsay & Ennis Le

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