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Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Lemon tart

It's really important to seal the pastry well to prevent any seepage during cooking, and to trim the pastry soon after cooking. Let the tart cool in the tin before removing it, or it will crack.

Spelt cashew and broccoli bowl with yoghurt dressing

This nicely textured salad transports well, making it ideal for picnics or to take to barbecues. The broccoli can be kept raw and shaved on a mandolin, too.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

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.

Gerard's Bistro, Demitri's Feast, Co-Op Dining, Pigeonhole Café

Gerard's Bistro, Brisbane

Gerard's Bistro, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country including Gerard's Bistro, Demitri's Feast, Co-Op Dining, and Pigeonhole Café.

BRISBANE
Gerard's Bistro
With the flamboyant, bar-owning Moubarak brothers (Lychee Lounge, Laruche) at the helm of this laneway dweller you'd expect a quirky edge. Artfully plated offerings from chef Ben Williamson  - smoked Murray cod with almond foam, tender octopus tentacles glossy with a tomato-smoked butter and tart slivers of green strawberry (pictured)  - side-step cliché neatly. Looking for rusticity? You'll find spicy sujuk, jewel-bright shirin polow and a saltbush lamb tagine. The Middle Eastern-Med influence is astutely referenced here, and not overplayed. 14-15 James St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, (07) 3852 3822 FIONA DONNELLY

MELBOURNE
Demitri's Feast
Demitri's Feast operates as a breakfast and lunch joint year round, but once daylight savings kicks in, owner Jim Karabagias opens his modern Greek gem with a focus on the char-grill from Thursday to Saturday night. There's a small menu, and a glass cabinet full of treats  - fish, scallops, Moreton bay bugs, chicken skewers, lamb chops  - ordered by the piece and grilled with little more intervention than oil, lemon, garlic and parsley. There are salads too, and ouzo, and a super-cute courtyard out the back. 141 Swan St, Richmond, Vic, (03) 9428 8659 MICHAEL HARDEN

PERTH
Co-Op Dining
Introducing Co-Op Dining, the new inner-city showroom for Dear Friends owners, and Swan Valley champions, Kiren and Kelli Mainwaring. While the menu is degustation only in the dining room, a tight bar-snack menu is available to those chasing something more casual. Bookings aren't taken for the bar, but standouts like swatches of Mainwaring's rich house-cured ham and wonderfully smoky local macadamia nuts make a compelling reason to try your luck. 11 Regal Pl, East Perth, WA, (08) 9221 0404 MAX VEENHUYZEN

HOBART
Pigeonhole Café 
Pigeonhole Café meets local avocado. We played a role in orchestrating this blind date and the relationship was consummated this week. It's a simple thing, avocado on toast, but, done well, it's one of the best breakfast dishes out there. Surprisingly, some of Australia's best avocados are grown in Tasmania, by South Spreyton Avocado, right in the middle of the north-west coast's prime apple-growing country. Pigeonhole Café is one of Australia's best breakfast places, so it seemed only right to introduce them to one another. Pigeonhole's Jay Patey took the bait and, from this week, the breakfast menu features South Spreyton avocados on Pigeonhole's own rye bread. Mission accomplished. Cnr Molle & Goulburn sts, West Hobart, Tas, (03) 6236 9306 SUE DYSON & ROGER MCSHANE

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