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Australia's top 20 rieslings
22.02.2017

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

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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.

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To travel to Normandy along the Seine is to take it by stealth, writes Larissa Dubecki, who ventured forth in search of chateaux and Calvados.

Cirrus, Sydney review
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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.

Chur Burger heads to Melbourne

Chur Burger's pulled pork burger with red slaw and fennel mayo

Chur Burger's pulled pork burger with red slaw and fennel mayo

The Sydney burger chain opens shop number six.

The burger boom shows no sign of abating, with the latest volley coming from Warren Turnbull's Chur Burger as it opens for the first time in Melbourne.

It will be burger shop number six for the award-winning chef in the running for the title of Australia's least likely burger king. The New Zealander made his name at Sydney fine-diner Assiette but took an unexpected detour into burgers after a fire destroyed his newly renovated restaurant kitchen. Fast-forward three years and Chur Burger has five shops in Sydney and Brisbane and opens on Church Street, Richmond, on Monday.

For Chur Burger Melbourne, Turnbull has gone into business with former employee Johnny Moukachar. "Johnny's a friend of mine whose family has a lot of takeaway chicken shops in Adelaide. He knows a lot about the fast-food environment - he certainly knows more about burgers than me - and he's been begging me to get on board in Melbourne."

A former Vietnamese bakery has been given a makeover resembling the original Surry Hills shop, including aerosol work from street artist Treazy backing up a semi-industrial feel. It will seat 60 downstairs, a few more curbside, and Turnbull's happy about revisiting his more rarified past with a private room for 20 upstairs.

Melbourne is on the frontline of the burger wars, with local hero Huxtaburger being challenged by Neil Perry's Burger Project sideline, and even 77-year-old Albert Park institution Andrew's Hamburgers opens a city shop this week on Franklin Street, near the Queen Victoria market. Chur Burger will be quick off the mark, too, opening an Express outlet at Chadstone shopping centre in mid-October.

As for what makes Chur Burger stand out from the crowd, Turnbull reckons his old-school, rough-hewn, not-too-complicated burgers are right on the money, but he also attributes it, Castle-style, to the vibe: "It's friendly, it's easy-going, it's a really good feel. You feel just as comfortable dressed up as in shorts. We've got cool music and a chilled vibe, but we're not trying to be too trendy."

Chur Burger, 176 Swan St, Richmond, churburger.com.au; open Sun to Wed 11am-10pm; Thu to Sat 11am-11pm.

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