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Finalists for Bar of the Year 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Your guide to a perfect stay in Canberra, from where to sleep to the exhibitions you need to check out.

Restaurants with rooms
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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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Ten Minutes by Tractor
Modern Australian
Ten Minutes by Tractor
-38.394716,144.994116

Pray you're not the designated driver when visiting this cottage overlooking the vines, because the wine list is as tempting as the menu. You might start local with the vineyard's sophisticated McCutcheon chardonnay, a fine match for triangles of rare tuna with a deconstructed gazpacho, then take a detour to Italy for a pinot grigio with delicate rabbit terrine, and finish with Burgundy as a foil for lamb rack, boned and paired with pumpkin and raisins. While this may not be the peninsula's most spectacular dining room, it compensates with arguably the region's most polished service, attention to detail (from fine Riedel glassware to Cutipol cutlery) and simple elegance. There's classicism, too, in the cooking, through to poached strawberries with lemon curd ice-cream, white chocolate foam and lemon chiboust. No surprise, then, that Stuart Bell, chef here since 2007, came via Jacques Reymond and Philippe Mouchel. A Tractor more refined than rustic.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • 2 courses $69, 3 courses $92;

    Dégustation $114

     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Stuart Bell

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