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Finalists for Bar of the Year 2018
28.07.2017

Whether it's a late-night spot playing hip-hop at full volume, a throwback to the glamour of yesteryear or a bar-restaurant that slips the collar of definition, these three Bar of the Year finalists have all nailed one essential detail: good times.

Finalists for Regional Restaurant of the Year 2018
27.07.2017

These three restaurants - Fleet, Brae and Igni - might not be in capital cities, but the journey there is part of the unforgettable experience they offer.

Living off the land in winter
27.07.2017

The life of a farmer revolves around the seasons. Come winter, a certain thriftiness is needed in the kitchen to make the most of meagre produce, writes Paulette Whitney.

Why breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day in Italy
27.07.2017

Italy's claim to being the greatest of the world's cuisines has one key weakness: breakfast. But, argues John Irving, there's more to the story than first meets the eye.

Reasons to visit Los Angeles in 2017
27.07.2017

The hottest spots to eat, drink, play and stay on your next trip to LA, rounded up into one perfect day.

Reasons to visit Canberra in 2017
27.07.2017

Your guide to a perfect stay in Canberra, from where to sleep to the exhibitions you need to check out.

Restaurants with rooms
27.07.2017

Some of Australia's best dining destinations take the hassle out of a weekend stay by offering their own on-site digs where you can hit the hay in style after your meal.

Finalists for Maitre D' of the Year 2018
26.07.2017

The maitre d' is your first introduction to a restaurant - they do as much to create a sense of ambience as lighting, tableware and music. And these three professionals are top of the class.

Din Tai Fung to open in Melbourne

Internationally recognised soup buns ahoy.

Melbourne, you've been denied your fix of the world's most celebrated xiao long bao for too long, but the wait is over at last. Din Tai Fung, that colossus of the soup-bun world, has had its flag planted in Sydney for some years now, but that insult is finally being remedied by the arrival of the first Victorian branch - the biggest in the country.

Set to open mid-year in the Emporium centre in the CBD, the 235-seater also offers three private rooms, a feature not seen at any other Australian Din Tai Fung location - perfect for uninterrupted communion with the signature bao and wontons or for a group-appreciation session.

"It's about time we brought our well-loved dumplings to Melbourne," said Dendy Harjanto, director of Din Tai Fung's Australasian operations. "I've been a visitor to this city for years but we had to wait until the time was right." And not a moment too soon.

Din Tai Fung, level 4, Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Vic. 

Want to make dumplings at home? Check out our dumpling recipes slideshow.


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