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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

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

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

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

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.

Our chocolate issue is out now

Our April issue is out now. In his editor's letter, Pat Nourse walks you through what to expect.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's nel. restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

Water carafes

More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

Flour and Stone Recipes

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Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

1980s recipes

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.

New cruises 2017

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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.

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.

GT's favourite dishes of 2015

Automata's burrata with shellfish oil (top right), with anchovy-stuffed fried olives (top left) and Nardin anchovies (bottom)

Automata's burrata with shellfish oil (top right), with anchovy-stuffed fried olives (top left) and Nardin anchovies (bottom)

Our staffers' picks of the best Australian eats of the year. Who's hungry?

Burrata with shellfish oil, Automata, Sydney
There's as much thought put into the bar snacks as the glam five-course menu at this Sydney newcomer. When the drinking hour strikes of a Friday pull up a pew for a glass of Bruno Duchêne's grenache and some burrata doused in chef Clayton Wells' house-made shellfish oil, switch on cruise control and let the weekend unfold before you. Automata, 5 Kensington St, Chippendale, NSW, (02) 8277 8555 EMMA HUTTON, EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Charred kangaroo, beetroot and wild garlic, Orana, Adelaide
Orana does an admirable job of taking the gimmickry out of Australiana at the table, and the handling of kangaroo is a fine case in point. The chefs take roo tail, smoke it in a fire pit until it's rich and succulent, then give it bite with a sprinkling of dried Davidson plum, and pair it with slaty, succulent greens, tiny bulbs of roasted wild garlic and grilled beetroot. It was juicy and luscious, quite unlike any roo I'd tasted before. Orana, 285 Rundle St, Adelaide, SA, (08) 8232 3444 DAVID SLY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA EDITOR

Pipis with lemon myrtle, butter and warrigal greens, Paper Daisy, Cabarita
It could easily have been chef Ben Devlin's paperbark-wrapped cod, its milky, sweet flesh topped with a flavoursome tangle of onion and seaweed. Fittingly, though, in a spot whose traditional name means "place of many pipis", Paper Daisy's briny surf clams take top honours - classic French-style accompaniments are replaced by native warrigal greens and lemon myrtle, and Devlin's superb sourdough put to excellent use mopping up the buttery liquor. Simply stunning. Paper Daisy, Halcyon House, 21 Cypress Cres, Cabarita Beach, NSW, (02) 6676 1444 FIONA DONNELLY, QUEENSLAND EDITOR

Local grain risotto, nettles and calamari, Silvereye at Franklin
There were some great dishes the night Silvereye's Sam Miller and Franklin's Dave Moyle had a one-night-stand in Hobart, including, almost implausibly, a haunting blossom ice-cream made with spring flowers raided from local trees on a day when snow reached sea level for the first time in nearly 30 years. But it was a super-savoury riff on risotto that had us craving a second serving: a dish of local grains (spelt, pearl barley, and buckwheat) cooked with nettles, then finished with little soft white pillows of southern calamari, crisp saltbush and salty seablite. SUE DYSON & ROGER McSHANE, TASMANIA EDITORS

Anchovy grissini, Italo Disco x Gourmet Traveller, Sydney
With more than a little help from our guest creative directors Maurice Terzini and Giovanni Paradiso (working together as Italo Disco), and chefs Monty Koludrovic (of Icebergs) and Dan Pepperell (then at 10 William St), we came up with something pretty close to what I'd consider a dream menu for this year's GT Restaurant Awards dinner at Carriageworks in Sydney. Among the personal highlights: anchovy-spiked handmade grissini - just add Negronis. Encore! ANTHEA LOUCAS, EDITOR IN CHIEF

Blood pudding, Anchovy, Melbourne
Flavoured with Vietnamese mint, rice-paddy herb, Shaoxing wine and star anise, steamed to the soft-firm texture of custard and then pan-fried so the edges are caramelised, Anchovy's blood pudding is served in a cos leaf with Vietnamese mint, pickled ginger and pickled ginger dressing. The contrast of textures and temperatures and the layered, immensely satisfying richness of the pudding itself make this one of the best two mouthfuls in the country right now. Anchovy, 338 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Vic, (03) 9428 3526 MICHAEL HARDEN, VICTORIA EDITOR

Roasted Brussels sprouts, Alfio's, Sydney
Lennox Hastie had me re-evaluating salad entirely in 2015 with a plate of beautifully simple grilled lettuce, warmed guanciale and pecans. You can (and I did) make very good friends with salad after all. The favourite for me, however, goes to the Alfio's pop-up in Leichhardt and a "dish" of roasted Brussels sprouts. Grown especially for Full Circle, the food guerrillas behind Alfio's, by Moonacres farm in the Southern Highlands, the sprouts were roasted on the stalk in the restaurant's old pizza oven, and carried out from the kitchen like trophies. No serving platter - just baking paper rolled out over the tables; we were left to rip the charry, salty buds apart with our fingers. Full Circle MAGGIE SCARDIFIELD, STAFF WRITER

Spaghetti and "lots of truffle", Eightysix, Canberra
Even at a 50-dollar price tag - otherwise unheard of in the national capital - Eightysix's spaghetti, carpet-bombed with local black truffle, warranted many a return visit over winter. It's a no-brainer - perfectly al dente artisanal pasta, a buttery sauce loaded with the flavour of truffle, and the sharpness of parmesan for balance. Eightysix, 1 Elouera St, Braddon, ACT, (02) 6161 8686 GARETH MEYER, ACT EDITOR

Croque-monsieur, Budburst, Perth
It could have been the polenta with chestnuts cooked in smoked butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano that Lalla Rookh served over autumn. Or that duck-heart skewer cut with green-olive powder at Co-op Dining. Or perhaps Print Hall's grilled graviera and smoked-corn number. And let's not forget the way Mary's steak tartare with smoked-oyster cream stormed Perth's Instagram feeds. Yet for all this creative, blue-sky cooking, it's Gwenael Lesle's croque-monsieur I remember most fondly. The cheese is Gruyère, the leg ham is juicy and the whole sandwich is enriched with generous quantities of béchamel before it's baked for maximum crunch and savour. And did I mention it's just seven bucks? Budburst, 406 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn, WA, (08) 9444 3406 MAX VEENHUYZEN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA EDITOR

Cape gooseberries, Firedoor, Sydney
Salt-dried human toes. Live squid tentacles. Chicken sashimi. I routinely put fairly stupid things in my mouth in the line of duty, and 2015 has been no exception. (The engorged sperm sacs of deadly pufferfish? Tick. Bennelong's $22 cheese toastie? Tick.) But then there were those moments that gave me pause for better reasons. Firedoor's Lennox Hastie has been the instigator of more than a few of them. If you believe that what you leave out is as important as what you put into a piece of work, perhaps you'll share my appreciation for his dessert of cape gooseberries, warmed over the coals with such care that their paper-lantern casings weren't so much as tanned, but warm and smoky just the same. No ice-cream, no sprinkles, no dust, no crumbs, no squiggles, no granita, no gels - just prime produce given the slightest twist by the hand of the chef to make it shine afresh. Firedoor, 1a/23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills, NSW, (02) 8204 0800 PAT NOURSE, CHIEF RESTAURANT CRITIC


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