Healthy Eating

After fresh ideas for meals that are healthy but still pack a flavour punch? We've got salads and vegetable-packed bowls to soups and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 24th July, 2017 and receive 6 issues for only $35!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Tarta de Santiago

"Gordita makes a splendid version of the Galician almond cake Tarta de Santiago, with its dramatic design. Would you please publish the recipe?" Michael MacDermott, Taringa, Qld REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

Pea and ham soup

Bread and butter pudding

Just what you need on a cold winter's night; a bowl of luscious pudding. Make sure to leave room for seconds.

Coffee culture: A history

Australia’s love affair with coffee is stronger than ever; it’s become a way of life. But exactly how did a beverage manage to shape our country’s culture?

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.

Autumn's most popular recipes 2017

As the weather started to cool down, your stoves were heating up with spicy curries, hearty breakfast dishes and comforting bowls of pasta. You balanced things out nicely with some greens but dessert wasn't entirely forgotten. Counting down from 30, here are your 2017 autumn favourites.

Curry recipes

It's time for you to find a new go-to curry recipe. Here are 20 curries - from a Burmese-style fish version to a Southern Indian lobster number - we think you should try.

Ham hock soup

Jacques Reymond, Da Mario, Mighty Mighty, The Odd Fellow

Mighty Mighty, Brisbane

Mighty Mighty, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country this week including Jacques Reymond, Da Mario, Mighty Mighty, and The Odd Fellow.

MELBOURNE
Jacques Reymond
The hottest, rarest ticket in town right now is a table at Jacques Reymond. The restaurant, which has its final service on December 21 after 25 years in business, has been booked out since owner-chef Jacques Reymond announced his decision to close back in September. There's a waiting list, and we've heard word that cancellations really do happen, and waitlisted diners really can land seats. If they're lucky. For the final few weeks, the restaurant has gone into dégustation-only mode - six- or nine-course menus or a nine-course vegetarian dégustation - that are something of a greatest-hits list combined with a rollcall of Reymond's influences. The native Australian ingredients that he helped introduce to fine-dining - wallaby, pepperberries and lemon myrtle among them - are present, as is the meticulous plating and classic French technique that have helped keep this restaurant near the top of the heap for so long. It's the last (very slim) chance to get a look at a restaurant whose closing truly marks the end of an era. Jacques Reymond, 78 Williams Rd, Prahran, Vic, (03) 9525 2178. MICHAEL HARDEN

SYDNEY
Da Mario
Sometimes a sequel can be as good as the original. Sometimes it can even be an improvement, and it's our great pleasure to report that Da Mario, the new Rosebery offshoot of Pizza Mario, falls squarely into the Godfather Part II camp, and not Part III. It's bigger in every way - the space, the menu, the drinks list, the ambition - but the star of the show is, if anything, an improvement on the Surry Hills version: puffy, smoky, saucy and dangerously digestible pizza, if the Margherita extra is any guide. Ascolana-style olives are good even when they're bad, which makes these fat green olives stuffed with a fine forcemeat, crumbed and fried a must, especially with a Campari and soda. The pasta is impressive enough to seriously rival the farinaceous treats issuing from the oven; the bigoli (think fat spaghetti) with duck ragù is more or less compulsory. Da Mario, 36 Morley Ave, Rosebery, NSW, (02) 9669 2242. PAT NOURSE

BRISBANE
Mighty Mighty
Conferring signature status on a dish in an opening menu is a risky gambit. Happily, newcomer Mighty Mighty's slow-roasted cola lamb ribs deliver: sweet, smoky meat, melting, properly rendered fat, and crisp, lightly charred skin. Add a slather of green peach relish and a trio of cheesy hush puppies and wait for the yeehaws to ring out. The squid gumbo is worth dipping a spoon into, all tender squid in a pepper- and sassafras-spiked tomato sauce with fried okra. It's a simple, modern fit-out in a buzzy brand new precinct, but like the American smokehouse-style menu and craft-beer-studded drinks list, it has soul. Urban cowboy? Mighty Mighty Cue & Brew, Shop 6/7, 100 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld, (07) 3666 0184. FIONA DONNELLY

PERTH
The Odd Fellow
Matilda Bay Brewing Company. The Must Winebars. The new-look Cottesloe Beach Hotel. Garry Gosatti is no stranger to hospitality venue success, but for his new basement bar at the Norfolk Hotel, he's getting personal. Exit stage-left the hotel's grungy band room (and former rehearsal space for ARIA-winning psych-rockers Tame Impala), enter stage-right The Odd Fellow, a cosy hangout celebrating Gosatti's love of good music and good living. The menu is a study in impeccable sourcing: David Coomer's Spanish deli Xarcuteria supplies the chori-fuet, jamón and smallgoods, while Blue Cow Cheese oversees the fromage department. Being a Gossatti venue, smart wine choices are a given, but the real surprise is the liquor cabinet, both in scale and accessibility. Rare is the venue pouring Sazerac 18-year-old rye whiskey, particularly at the (relatively) bargain price of $30 a nip. The warm welcome from bartenders John Schmidt and Claire McDaid, however, is free and reason enough to set sail for Freo. The Odd Fellow, 9 Norfolk St, Fremantle, WA, (08) 9335 5405. MAX VEENHUYZEN

Got a hot tip for our Hot Plates team? Tweet us at @gourmettweets, or tag your Instagram photos with #GThotplates.


Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Momofuku in Vegas
09.06.2017
Hot Plates: Pulp Kitchen, Ainslie
07.06.2017
Long songs to listen to while you await Longsong
07.06.2017
The Mjølner “trencher” goes into battle
02.06.2017
Meet the pezzo
02.06.2017
Analiese Gregory to take the reins at Franklin
02.06.2017
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

You might also like...

Hot Plate: Face2Face Noodles, Sydney

Chinatown's new spicy Chongqing-styled noodle bar is complet...

Hot Plates: Higher Ground, Melbourne

The line between cafe and restaurant is blurred at the CBD’s...

Hot Plates: Shobosho, Adelaide

North Asia meets Australian barbecue at Shobosho, Adam Listo...

Hot Plates: 13 February 2015

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

L'Americano, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Estelle Bistro, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bang Street Food, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Minamishima, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Lilo Tang, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Mayflower Restaurant and Bar, Adelaide

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

The Vertue of the Coffee Drink, Melbourne

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Spirit House, Yandina, Qld

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Bistro Nguyen's, Canberra

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

University of Melbourne Farmers' Market

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats ar...

Clayton Wells at LuMi

The pair join forces for Sunday lunches at LuMi.

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×