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Andrew McConnell’s yakitori, buns, dumplings and lobster rolls head south of the river.
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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.
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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.
Whether it's stellar views across Sydney Harbour from Bennelong, sitting virtually on the beach at Rick Shores in Burleigh Heads or eating Moreton Bay bugs at the new Stokehouse Precinct, this wide brown land of ours is home to some impressive waterfront experiences. And there's no time like summer to dine waterside; here's our pick of the best waterfront eateries across the nation.
For ocean views, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar dishes up some of the best in the world. Food and wine aren't second thoughts, either; there's a natural-leaning wine list and a menu packed with contemporary Italian interest. Do you want to dine looking over the water at the Opera House or in it? Peter Gilmore has you covered. Quay offers the chef's three-star food alongside views of the house and the harbour bridge, while just over the water, his restaurant in the smallest sail of the Opera House, Bennelong, offers a slightly more relaxed version of the food that made his name, with reciprocal views of the harbour. A mere hop, skip and a jump away you'll find newly renovated and reinvigorated Aria. It's on song; don't miss the lobster French toast.
Over at Barangaroo on the west of the central business district, it's hard to beat a seafood-centric experience at Cirrus, the latest restaurant from team Bentley, which overlooks Cockle Bay. Or pair vermouth with native-inspired cuisine at nearby Banskii.
Grilled West Australian marron with sea bananas at Cirrus.
Travel out of the CBD and soak up the views of Rose Bay at Catalina, where a seafood-rich menu shines, or jump on a sea plane and head over to the secluded Cottage Point Inn on the Hawkesbury River. The renovated boatshed, surrounded by bush and right on the water, serves produce-driven food plated with flair by young Parisian chef Guillaume Zika.
Stokehouse has risen from the ashes to open two eateries, with one more on the way, that look out across St Kilda beach to the bay. Paper Fish serves a modern - and tasty - take on fish and chips and Pontoon puts its four-metre wood-fired grill to good use with the likes of Moreton Bay bugs with salsa verde, and a handsome lamb shoulder. The final restaurant, Stokehouse, opens later this month. While you're in the neighbourhood, consider a stop at Donovans for a saffron and crab risotto and stand-out sunset views.
If you're in the mood for a road trip, drive out to the Lake House in Daylesford. The House's superb accommodation means you can make the most of the restaurant's award-winning wine list without worrying about the drive home. For a more casual affair, head to Captain Moonlite in Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club, where former Pei Modern chef Matt Germanchis prepares smart takes on relaxed Mediterranean eats.
Fritto misto at Paper Fish, St Kilda.
In Port Willunga, dine at the famously scenic Star of Greece looking out across the Gulf St Vincent. Eat freshly caught King George whiting, or go big with beef short ribs with nashi pear and kimchi, paired with some of McLaren Vale's best bold reds. If eating oysters an arm's reach from where they're caught is more your speed, try 1802 Oyster Bar and Bistro in Coffin Bay.
Il Lido Italian Canteen, perched on the Cottesloe seafront, has one of WA's most extensive collections of Italian wines. A stroll up the beach at Swanbourne, The Shorehouse serves interesting takes on seafood, such as the charcoal-roasted cuttlefish with nectarine sauce, while Odyssea Beach Cafe on City Beach also makes the most of its proximity to quality seafood.
Sitting side-by-side overlooking the Noosa River are Wasabi and Rickys River Bar & Restaurant. Sink into the tatami room at Wasabi with a glass of sake and the omakase menu, or watch the sunset while eating quality local produce at Rickys. In Noosa Heads, Sails offers excellent access to Main Beach. The only beachfront restaurant in Palm Cove, Nu Nu, is a must-visit destination in Far North Queensland. Down at the Gold Coast you can almost touch the water from the dining room at Rick Shores, which sits on the sand at Burleigh Beach.
Back in the city, Stokehouse Q rocks Brisbane River views from both its dining room and Stokebar as do Black Bird and Aria Brisbane across the river.
Take in the views of Hobart Harbour from Aløft, where you'll eat local Tasmanian ingredients framed with Asian flavours. Float over Sullivans Cove at The Glass House with a Japanese-inspired cocktail, or, over in Launceston, try quality Tasmanian wine and produce at Stillwater, which sits on the bank of the River Tamar. If the weather calls for paper-wrapped fish and chips by the sea, Dunalley Fish Market serves some of the best, fresh from the surrounding waters.
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