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Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

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.

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22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
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More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
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Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

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Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

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.

Andrew McConnell shares his karaoke party-starters

Andrew McConnell

Andrew McConnell

You could have guessed at the soy and mirin, but at Supernormal Andrew McConnell also likes to season his modern Asian cooking with a dash of Salt-N-Pepa. As befits its Japanese inspiration, the Melbourne chef's latest is kitted out with a karaoke room, offering popular singalong hits to go with your pig's head bao, Korean-style pork shoulder and white-cut chicken.

As any karaoke devotee will tell you, those first few song choices are key to kicking things off right (at GT we're partial to "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles, "Our House" by Madness, and Cee Lo Green's "F-ck You"), so to get your party started, we asked McConnell to share a few of his own K-hits:

-    "Roses", Outkast
-    "Kiss", Prince
-    Just Can't Get Enough, Depeche Mode
-    "Creep", Radiohead
-    "Shoop", Salt-N-Pepa ("the last song of the night; it always gets everyone up and funky")

Like us, McConnell is also a fan of the surprisingly challenging "Islands in the Stream", by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. "I sang this in Tokyo last year with my girlfriend," he says. "It was my first duet. Very emotional."

What do you want to sing over duck buns, a few rounds of Asahi and a Mukai Shuzo or two? Hit our Facebook page and let us know.

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