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Andrew McConnell’s yakitori, buns, dumplings and lobster rolls head south of the river.
Sydney’s favourite whisky bar makes a rare overground appearance at a pop-up on Pitt Street Mall.
Our guide to the best of the region.
The Byron at Byron devises new ways to relax and revive.
Industrial designer David Caon shares his secrets on how to travel like a pro.
Is this the best-looking cafe in Sydney?
Load up your three-tiered tray with raspberry tarts, super scones and chicken curry puffs and get ready for a higher high tea with chef Bethany Finn from the Mayflower.
Goodgod returns to Vivid with another pop-up and an ambitious goal: to generate just one bag of rubbish in the process.
There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet.
A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.
Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.
No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.
Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.
Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.
Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.
Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.
There's a host of restaurateurs opening new venues in Sydney's
CBD in 2016. And just when you thought the city couldn't possibly
deal with another hot-ticket opening, the man behind some of the
most transformative restaurants to open in the past five years has
announced he'll be following suit (or suits, rather.)
Chef and restaurateur Andrew Cibej is best known for his Surry Hills restaurants Vini, Berta and 121BC, along with Ester in Chippendale.
If all goes to plan, the new 50 to 60 seater will open on the corner of Ash Street and Angel Place mid-2016, a spot Cibej secured with the help of China Doll restaurateurs Steve and John Anastasiou, his partners in the new venture. "It's a killer site," says Cibej. "Quite the dining oasis."
The enoteca-style that he perfected in Surry Hills will be in full force across a lunch and dinner service; picture an updated "Vini-ish" vibe with a little more outdoor seating for Spritzes and stuzzichini after work.
"Straight up and down city tratt," he says. "Birre, pasta della casa, a couple of proteins. Not fancy, just good."
Next door there'll also be a more casual 20-seat café and bar doing panini and cornetti at breakfast and lunch, along with coffee.
As for the booze? "The beverage offering will be slightly more pragmatic than now," Cibej says, "but should still give most city lists a shake." Nothing too vast, just tidy.
While the name is yet to be decided on - "unfortunately 'no name' is already taken" - and a chef is yet to be confirmed, Cibej is adamant it won't be him.
With a host of other CBD diners opening in the new year (Hubert on Bligh Street, Nathan Sasi's Mercado in Angel Place and a new Da Orazio among them) it looks like the nine-to-fivers are in for a treat.
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