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Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

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.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

On the Pass: Danielle Rensonnet
16.02.2017

Bellota chef Danielle Rensonnet talks us through the current menu at the restaurant and her favourite summer ingredients.

Melbourne's Tomato Festival is back in 2017
15.02.2017

Returning for another year, Melbourne’s Tomato Festival is ripe with cooking demonstrations, talks, and produce stalls dedicated to plump produce.

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The Town Mouse
Modern Australian
  • 312 Drummond St,
    Carlton,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9347 3312,
    www.thetownmouse.com.au
  • Lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm;

    Dinner Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sun 5.30pm-10pm

     

The Town Mouse
-37.798522,144.969061

"Come in for good times." The flagstone out front doesn't lie: three years on, The Town Mouse remains the toast of Melbourne, an assuming space of tiled walls and timbered courtyard where the standard of service, food and wine always delights. The fun starts with just-baked sourdough, the crust chewy and lightly charred, with lovage butter, and profiteroles spiked with goat's cheese and honey from hives behind the back fence. Plates are small but perfectly formed: cold-smoked kingfish in sourdough miso; beef tartare tumbled with saltbush; a tomato salad laced with pungent basils and fennel breadcrumbs. Perceptive staff are full bottle on wines - tell them what style you fancy and they'll rattle off the (often natural, organic and bio) options. The enduring success of Dave Verheul's menu is that it's on-trend but never trite. One lick of the goat's milk ice-cream topped with salted lavender caramel will silence any doubters.

Photography: Eve Wilson.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $8-$16

    M $23-$42

    D $6-$16;

    tasting menu $65

     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Outdoor dining
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Dave Verheul

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