The February issue

Our clean eating issue is out now, packed with super lunch bowls, gluten-free desserts and more - including our cruising special, covering all luxury on the seas.

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Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

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."

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Christine Manfield recipes

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.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

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.

Maha
Middle Eastern
Maha
21 BOND ST, MELBOURNE

A recent renovation has imbued Maha with a renewed sense of vitality. Splashes of copper and gold add pep to the room, while the fleet-footed waitstaff generate energy of their own. There's a freshness to Shane Delia's mod Middle Eastern fare, too, available in two, four, five or six courses. The four-course Spice Journey, an array of 14 plates served in dramatic fashion, offers bang for your buck. There might be kataifi-wrapped oysters resembling cocoons of spun gold, cinnamon-scented duck and fig pastilla, and the signature 12-hour lamb, its richness cut by mint, coriander and peppery radish. A dessert trio of halva parfait, Turkish delight doughnuts and sherry-sloshed cake completes the full-flavoured experience. The intrepid drinks list spans Lebanese arak, Turkish beer and Moroccan wine, plus Maha's spice-laden cocktails. Saffron Negroni, anyone? It's not just a journey - it's a trip.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • 2-6 courses $55-$120

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Shane Delia

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