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Food-truck tribulations
29.03.2017

Chicken or pork? Kelly Eng takes on a food-truck challenge but fails to cement her millennial credentials.

Take me to the river
29.03.2017

For serial cruisers who have done the Danube and knocked off the Nile, less familiar waterways beckon.

Gourmet Institute is back for 2017
29.03.2017

Fire-up the stove, tie on your favourite apron and let’s get cooking, food fans. This year’s line-up is brimming with talent.

The Royal Mail Hotel is changing
28.03.2017

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

Adventuring along America's north-west rivers
28.03.2017

The rivers of America's north-west running through Washington state and Oregon form the arteries of epic landscapes and bold discovery routes. Emma Sloley follows in the wake of Lewis and Clark.

The World's Best sommeliers are coming to Australia
28.03.2017

For the first time, the world's top international sommeliers will take part in the World's 50 Best Awards too.

Seven Italian dishes that shaped fine dining in the 2000s
28.03.2017

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
27.03.2017

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.

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.

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

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

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.

Eightysix, CIRA Pizza e Birra, Sarti, Toastface Grillah

Eightysix, Canberra

Eightysix, Canberra

CANBERRA
Eightysix
Eightysix (pictured) may be channelling the likes of Cumulus Inc. in its form and function, but it's a form of flattery locals are willing to tolerate. A new arrival in increasingly hip city-side Braddon, it's all about shared tasting plates from an evolving blackboard menu. Pickled pork terrine, hand-cut steak tartare, and punchy bream ceviche are musts for starters. Kick on with some sharply plated vitello tonnato - the veal just pink and tuna mayo perfectly piquant. Weekend breakfast options such as brioche, honeycomb and ricotta look promising, too. Gen Y is very much in charge of the asylum here, with tablet-tapping inner-city types sipping the Kool-Aid and nodding to a punchy playlist of soul, R&B and disco. Eightysix, Mode 3 building, Elouera St, Braddon, ACT, (02) 6161 8686. GARETH MEYER

SYDNEY
CIRA Pizza e Birra pop-up lunch
Italians know their pizza (it is, after all, their pizza). Beer, on the other hand, hasn't always been something you'd automatically associate with Italy. CIRA, the Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia, is out to update that perception. It's hosting a pop-up lunch this weekend to showcase some of the boot's most exciting boutique and artisanal beers and serving them alongside pizze prepared by a host of Sydney's top Italian chefs (Luigi Esposito from Via Napoli, Alessandro Pavoni of Ormeggio, and Eugenio Maiale of A Tavola among them). Drinks-wise, the spotlight will be set on a range of unique beer labels such as Birra Ronzani (from Emilia-Romagna), Terisiana (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Birra del Borgo (Lazio) and Ichnusa (Sardinia). In true Italian style, kids are welcome and there'll be lots of noise, tons of fun and, of course, plenty of exceptional pizza and beer. Pizza e Birra, noon, Sunday April 28, Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills, NSW. Tickets are $59 (children $25). For bookings and more information visit cira.com.au. MAYA KERTHYASA

MELBOURNE
Sarti
The recent departure of chef and co-owner Riccardo Momesso has led to some re-jigging and re-branding at Sarti. Though the modern Italian theme (in both look and flavour) is still setting the pace, former Sosta Cucina head chef Paolo Masciopinto now heads the kitchen, dishing up skilfully cooked, big-flavoured food that treads the modern-riff-on-tradition path. Highlights? Gnocchi fritti, little warm pillows of fried dough flavoured with parmesan and duck fat that arrive with the salumi selection and a brilliant slow-cooked duck cannelloni served with mushroom foam and parmesan wafers. Sarti, 6 Russell Place, Melbourne, Vic, (03) 9639 7822. MICHAEL HARDEN

PERTH
Toastface Grillah
Tasty sandwiches at honest-to-goodness prices? Can it be all so simple? Even if the Wu-Tang Clan reference is lost on you, Toastface Grillah's brand of gooey cheese comfort is plain as day. From the distinctly Aussie one-two of cheddar and Vegemite to the ritzy brie, prosciutto and zucchini swagger of the Danny Zuccho, here's a laneway café reminding us all just how great toasted sandwiches can be. Sensibly priced teas and coffees plus a welcome that's as warm as the stringy cheese and soulful soundtrack make this an excellent CBD refuelling station. Look for the spray-paint mural of the gun-toting SpongeBob SquarePants lookalike. Toastface Grillah, Grand Theatre La, Perth, WA. MAX VEENHUYZEN

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