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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.

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.

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

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Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

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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.

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.

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.

The Elbow Room
Modern Australian
  • Cnr Stump Hill Rd & Main Rd,
    McLaren Vale, SA
  • (08) 8323 8686,
    www.theelbowroom.com.au
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm

    Dinner Fri-Sat 6pm-9.30pm

The Elbow Room
-35.221031,138.546125

A lamington dessert captures the best of the unpretentious yet intelligent Elbow Room: a cube of dense chocolate mousse presented under a drift of desiccated coconut: confident and creative. As first stop along McLaren Vale's main drag, and neighbour to the visitors' centre, this heritage stone cottage is appended to a roomy dining space. Its French doors open to gully breezes and vine rows, presenting a rural vernacular that attracts family groups, locals and wine-touring couples. An entrée of three hefty Spencer Gulf prawns in a garish saffron aïoli is matched in generosity by a main course of beef short ribs, charred and sticky in a spicy, velveteen sauce. Tortellini are subtler, with lemon-laced ricotta and fresh vegetables from chef Nigel Rich's garden. Wines are locally biased (why not?), as are the young floor staff. Conversation and a Chet Faker soundtrack fill the room as tables hum with the energy of an upbeat lunchtime crowd. 


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $18-$24

    M $30-$38

    D $16

     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Nigel Rich & Chris Chilvers

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