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Executive chef Robin Wickens has a stronger influence at the Royal Mail Hotel's upcoming restaurant, slated to open later this year.

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Seven Italian dishes that shaped fine dining in the 2000s
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Italian food in the restaurants of Australia blossomed into maturity in the new millennium, as the work of these trailblazers shows – dazzling and diverse, a successful balance between adaptation and tradition.

Steam ovens: a guide
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Billed as the faster, cleaner way to cook, are these on-trend ovens all they’re cracked up to be? We take a close look at their rising popularity, USP versus the traditional convection cooker and how each type rates in terms of form, function, and above all, flavour in this buyer’s guide.

Our chocolate issue is out now
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Our April issue is out now. In his editor's letter, Pat Nourse walks you through what to expect.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
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Nelly Robinson of Sydney's nel. restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

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More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

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Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

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All Star Yum Cha

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Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

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.

Savoury tarts

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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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