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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."

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.

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.

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.

26
Est
Modern Australian
  • Level 1, Establishment,
    252 George St,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9240 3000,
    merivale.com.au/
  • Lunch Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm

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-33.864137,151.208061

The theatre starts with the room. Elegant banquettes, soaring columns, pressed-metal ceiling and glorious arched windows set the scene for formal dining that is becoming increasingly rare in Sydney. A Champagne trolley adds to the atmosphere and kicks off an experience where cloches are gracefully pulled from plates in tandem and sauces are poured from copper pans by smartly dressed waitstaff. The dishes, too, are all quality and tradition, and while there may be few surprises, the deft execution of one of Australia's most respected chefs, Peter Doyle, and his head chef, Jacob Davey, guarantees class and finesse. A beautiful Moreton Bay bug tail with yuzu curd, finger lime and kombu butter is a study in balance, the cocoa-crusted venison with cherries, beetroot and boudin noir rich and generous, and poached rhubarb with cheesecake ice-cream and strawberries is just as it sounds, a safe finale from a revered stalwart.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • Lunch 2-4 courses $69-$118;

    Dinner 2-4 courses $105-$155;

    Dégustation $180

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Peter Doyle & Jacob Davey

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