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The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Harrisons
Modern Australian
Harrisons
-16.481416,145.462263

The lunchtime crowd seems oblivious to the rain and thunder causing a commotion just beyond the restaurant's timber deck. They're too consumed, it seems, by chef-owner Spencer Patrick's food. In particular, his 14-hour slow-roasted lamb shoulder cooked with Madras spices and topped with crisp curry leaves. The meat, which falls from the bone, is enhanced by a raita with cucumber and a carrot, cardamom and chickpea salad that provide a balance apt in the tropics. The Hervey Bay scallops with spanner crab, miso butter and radish might be underwhelming, but the prawn toast, a favourite that often fails the childhood-memory test, is excitingly plump and spicy on bread blackened on the grill. Order a glass of King Valley arneis from the extensive wine list, and finish with the passionfruit meringue with marshmallow, finger lime, blueberries and white chocolate - it's Far North Queensland on a plate. 


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $17-$22

    M $39-$42

    D $17-$19;

    dégustation $80

     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Spencer Patrick

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