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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
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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.

Stray Neighbour, Preston

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Stray Neighbour, Preston.

Preston is having a moment. Perhaps it's the Courtney Barnett factor ("Depreston", her song name-checking the suburb, has been on a roll worldwide) or just that cheaper rents and interesting spaces are in more plentiful supply. Either way, the outlier designer-burger, serious-coffee and craft-beer joints that have been popping up have now been joined by Stray Neighbour, a more culinarily ambitious bar and restaurant in a former panel-beating workshop. It's a substantial space with a sawtooth roof, black-painted concrete floor, a bar running along one wall and two separate seating areas - an airy dining room with some slightly uncomfortable wire mesh chairs and a cosy area filled with booths. The plants trained up rope and Edison globes in clear glass shades tap into established design preoccupations, but the quirkiness of the setting keeps Stray Neighbour feeling fresh. So too does the menu from Romina Gagliardi, a former Bistro Gitan chef whose menu takes Euro-bistro as a starting point (oysters, pâté, steak), but she also throws in influences from further afield, as with the chimichurri-flavoured butter that comes with the Scotch fillet or an open raviolo of prawns in an aromatic tomato broth. There are more hints of Asia happening with sticky pork ribs served with lime, but the sweet stuff, including a stout brownie with salted caramel and pretzel sauce, returns the focus to the Continent. Extensive (craft) beer and cocktail offerings, a workable wine list and switched-on service keep things in a happy place. Locals should be thrilled. Stay tuned for Courtney Barnett's thoughts on the development.

Stray Neighbour, 463-467 Plenty Rd, Preston, Vic, (03) 9471 1948. Open Tue-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-midnight, Sun noon-10pm.

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