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Executive chef Robin Wickens has a stronger influence at the Royal Mail Hotel's upcoming restaurant, slated to open later this year.

Adventuring along America's north-west rivers
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The rivers of America's north-west running through Washington state and Oregon form the arteries of epic landscapes and bold discovery routes. Emma Sloley follows in the wake of Lewis and Clark.

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For the first time, the world's top international sommeliers will take part in the World's 50 Best Awards too.

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Italian food in the restaurants of Australia blossomed into maturity in the new millennium, as the work of these trailblazers shows – dazzling and diverse, a successful balance between adaptation and tradition.

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Billed as the faster, cleaner way to cook, are these on-trend ovens all they’re cracked up to be? We take a close look at their rising popularity, USP versus the traditional convection cooker and how each type rates in terms of form, function, and above all, flavour in this buyer’s guide.

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Nelly Robinson of Sydney's nel. restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

Water carafes
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More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

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Flour and Stone Recipes

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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.

All Star Yum Cha

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1980s recipes

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Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

Hot Plates: Hello Please, South Brisbane

Crisp Pork Belly Bao with Peanut Hoisin, Coriander and Cucumber

Crisp Pork Belly Bao with Peanut Hoisin, Coriander and Cucumber

It doesn't get much more casual than Vietnamese snacks eaten in the open air. Or, to be specific in this case, eaten in a laneway behind a repurposed shipping container in what used to be a car park. Even the gritty overhead train line off to one side somehow feels right. But ambience aside, it's the extras you don't encounter in every street-side joint that will encourage diners to say "xin chao" here more than once.

Seasoned staff ferry dishes promptly to communal picnic tables. There's drinks-of-the-day - a mandarin and Aperol-laced gin concoction say, or a lychee orange-blossom "Martini" - and decent glassware to hold them. Co-owner Maris Cook has put time in at Melbourne's Gingerboy and MoVida, and is a former manager at Woolloongabba favourite Pearl. Colleague Dan Ward is behind Ascot's The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen. Their care for detail is evident across the board. 

Hello Please exterior.

House-made sodas, bottles of 333 and cans of Bia Hanoi feature in tight drinks list, together with a couple of sparkling options - Cava Mas and Champagne Choisel, plus a handful of mostly Australian white and red offerings. The remaining choices on your placemat menu are equally succinct. You'll need to arrive at lunchtime for banh mi; together with a bowl of pho it's a combo worth leaving the office for. Rice noodles, bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint, coriander and slices of poached chicken float in the golden, aromatic chicken broth. Chicken appears again in the banh mi, with a robust chicken pâté, pickled cucumber, grated carrot and coriander. 

As the overhead festoon lighting sparks up, the focus switches to bar snacks - steamed bao and dumplings, salads, spring rolls and crisp chicken ribs. Hello? Please. 

Hello Please, Fish La, South Brisbane, Qld, helloplease.co; open Tues-Sun, midday − late.


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