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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.

Christian McCabe's new wine bar

Christian McCabe

Christian McCabe

Co-owner of Carlton's Town Mouse and natural-wine fan Christian McCabe is opening a "wine bar with food" on Russell Street in Melbourne's CBD. His partners in the venture, on the site that housed Pizza Napoli for many years, are The Town Mouse chef Dave Verheul and French natural-wine guru Eric Narioo.

Narioo is credited as one of the first people to bring attention to natural wine through his company Les Caves de Pyréne, which was first started in the late 1980s. His focus on sustainably, organically or biodynamically produced wine by artisan producers (he's never dealt in mass-produced wine or wine that's stocked in supermarkets) started with the wine he was distributing to restaurants. He then opened a series of influential wine bars with food in England, Terroirs, Brawn, The Green Man & French Horn and Soif among them.

McCabe, whose wine list at his Carlton restaurant is almost exclusively weighted towards "the style of wine I prefer, from vigneron producers rather than big companies", is excited to be teaming up with Narioo.

"At The Town Mouse, I've been in the role of boss in many ways, so to be going into partnership with someone like Eric is like being mentored," he says.

The as-yet unnamed wine bar (though there will be "no animals or children's books in the name") will have a more casual offering at street level. The upstairs, which will open a couple of months later, will be "more high end".

Dave Verheul will be responsible for the food, which will be "simpler in terms of execution" according to McCabe.

McCabe and Narioo get access to the site in April and are planning a massive overhaul of the interiors. The downstairs wine bar is expected to be up, running and sloshing the natural good stuff (local and imported) by the time spring hits.

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