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Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

On the Pass: Danielle Rensonnet
16.02.2017

Bellota chef Danielle Rensonnet talks us through the current menu at the restaurant and her favourite summer ingredients.

Melbourne's Tomato Festival is back in 2017
15.02.2017

Returning for another year, Melbourne’s Tomato Festival is ripe with cooking demonstrations, talks, and produce stalls dedicated to plump produce.

Melbourne's best new late-night diners

Le Bon Ton, Melbourne

Le Bon Ton, Melbourne

A string of recently opened late-hours diners has Melbourne flocking, not just for the inevitable nightcap but for designer toasties and pulled-pork sandwiches, oysters and crab cakes.

Le Bon Ton, Nieuw Amsterdam, Loch & Key, the Back Bar at Stokehouse City and the newly opened Magic Mountain (from the crew responsible for wee-hours stalwart Choo Choo's, at The Toff in Town) have all started trading in the past 12 months, with some kitchens opening until 6am on weekends.

Will Balleau, co-owner of Collingwood's Le Bon Ton, the New Orleans-themed bar that serves Southern food until six on Friday and Saturday mornings, has been amazed by how many people are turning up late, and not just for the obvious alcohol-sopping properties of chilli-cheese fries. "It seems like a lot of people want to stay out after 1am," he says, and not just the hospitality crowd. "The people in here are from all walks - you couldn't pigeonhole it - and they really want to eat. The amount of food we sell between midnight and 6am is phenomenal; we've had to put on a full kitchen staff to cover those hours. And we're also doing a great trade in oysters and Champagne."

Karen Batson, executive chef at Magic Mountain, says the availability of better food after-hours makes it seem like a more appealing option. It takes the pressure off, she says, "when you know you can get a nice glass of wine and some good food at 1am. People always wanted to eat out late, there just weren't so many good options." 

Looking for more Melbourne dining options? Check out our list of the best restaurants in Melbourne.

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