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Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

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Roti canai

Here, we've made the dough in a food processor, but it's really quick and simple to do by hand as well. If the dough seems a little too wet just add a little more flour.

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.

Farmhouse Restaurant, Pialligo Estate, ACT

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Farmhouse Restaurant, Pialligo Estate, ACT.

The Farmhouse Restaurant at Pialligo Estate might just be a few clicks from Parliament House and the Canberra CBD, but its "farmhouse" tag still stands up to scrutiny. A-frame timber ceilings and travertine tile flooring bring a smart rural charm, while produce is sourced from the estate garden, olive grove, and much-awarded smokehouse. In contrast, the kitchen draws its talent from far and wide - including the stables of Alain Ducasse and Shannon Bennett. A six-course tasting menu gets off to a great start with a refined sabayon of smoked salmon, and hits a high note with some superbly cooked O'Connor Angus beef with shallots and pickled mushrooms. A compact wine list, with plenty of options by the glass, pits regional up-and-comers such as Eden Road against well-priced options from the Rhône, Mosel and Langhe. Some aspects of the experience (including service) could stand to benefit from further refinement. Still, for a very recent newcomer, this is a very promising start.

Lunch (Thurs-Sun noon-2.30pm), dinner (Thurs-Sat 6pm-9.30pm); Farmhouse Restaurant, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo, ACT, (02) 6247 6060

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