The Christmas issue

Our December issue is out now, featuring Paul Carmichael's recipes for a Caribbean Christmas, silly season cocktails and more.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 28th December, 2016 for your chance to win a share of $50,000!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

13 of our most decadent chocolate recipes to indulge guests with this Christmas.

What the GT team is cooking on Christmas Day

We don't do things by halves in the Gourmet office. These are the recipes we'll be cooking on the big day.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Sydney's best dishes 2016

For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia asking two questions: What dishes are making waves right now? What flavours will take us into the next half-century? Sydney provided 16 answers.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Porteño to take over MoVida Sydney site

Porteno's Elvis Abrahanowicz (left), Joe Valore and Ben Milgate

Porteno's Elvis Abrahanowicz (left), Joe Valore and Ben Milgate

As one door closes, another opens on Holt Street in Surry Hills.

Those still reeling from the news of MoVida Sydney's closure at the end of June will breathe a sigh of relief at the news that the Porteño team will take over the site on Holt Street, opening for business come October. They're taking reservations already.

Porteño's Cleveland Street address isn't closing; it will transform into a permanent function space for private events, weddings and live music gigs.

So, why the move? "We were getting so many requests for weddings and events at the Cleveland Street site that it was hard to keep the restaurant a priority," says Porteño's Sarah Doyle. "We've always wanted to do live music, and we have a lot of friends in that industry that are keen to play there. It also has a 3am licence, so it made sense."

Construction on the Holt Street space will start in July, though  Doyle admits the site was so well-built and cared for by the MoVida team that there's not much to be done. "We're going to have a cellar and a private dining room," she says. "The space is really beautiful. It also has a refrigerated bin room! That's the fanciest thing I've ever heard. The extraction is already in there, so it will be great for what we do."

Doyle adds that both Porteño's parilla and asado fire pit will make the move to the new site.

Doyle and chef Elvis Abrahanowicz are flying out to Argentina on Monday for a two-week trip to research and re-inspire themselves, while chef Ben Milgate holds the fort. "We haven't had a break in three years. It's a good excuse to go over and see what we find and get back to what we love about Argentina, which is everything," says Doyle.

Menu changes are afoot, which the team can't speak of yet, but Doyle insists the classics will remain. "There's no way we can take those Brussels sprouts away," she says. Though the MoVida team did cite low foot-traffic issues as one of the reasons for closure, the Porteño crew isn't too worried. "I think Sydney's become a bit more savvy than that now - people seek things out, they'll find us. There's definitely value in foot traffic, but when we opened Bodega it was a wasteland. We just made it work. [The Holt St venue] is a really beautiful space; that whole building is so well done. It can't be any worse than Cleveland Street."

Porteño at 358 Cleveland Street will remain open as a restaurant until October, when the new site opens,  50 Holt St, Surry Hills, NSW, (02) 8399 1440, porteno.com.au

Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Hot Plates: Atlas Dining, Melbourne
08.12.2016
Alain Passard is coming to Australia
08.12.2016
Gilson opens in South Yarra, Melbourne
06.12.2016
Where to buy Christmas hams and glazes
05.12.2016
Behind Africola’s new look with James Brown of Mash Design
29.11.2016
Hot Plates: Ume Burger, Barangaroo
29.11.2016
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
The GT x STILY
Christmas Boutique is now open

The smallgoods, homewares, art and more from the pages of GT are now all under one roof, ready to take their place under the tree.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

You might also like...

Hot Plates: Bodega 1904, Sydney

Sharp cooking, service and design meet at Bodega’s newest ou...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×