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Sydneysiders revive a landmark restaurant in country New South Wales.
You’ve got another chance at last winter’s sell-out drop from Four Pillars.
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Attica chef Ben Shewry has been thinking about your buttocks, and wants to introduce them to an Australian design classic.
Charleston, the antebellum jewel of the Carolina coast, has embraced its Lowcountry roots, writes Shane Mitchell, and now shines anew.
Our June issue is out now, and it's all about breakfast. Pat Nourse kicks things off with his editor's letter.
Andrew McConnell’s Cantonese-inspired restaurant will become a classroom for a night during the Emerging Writers’ Festival.
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.
Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.
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.
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.
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.
No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.
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.
LATA M Airlines flies daily between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland, with connections to Buenos Aires. The airline also operates direct flights between Sydney and Santiago four times a week with codeshare partner Qantas. 1800 126 038, latam.com
WHERE TO STAY
This former aristocratic home is now an 11-room hotel in the heart of fashionable Palermo Soho. Each room is themed for a famous local character, from tango maestro Carlos Gardel to cartoon heroine Mafalda. The ground-floor library, breakfast room and welcoming courtyard suggest in-house idling, but the siren call of Palermo shopping is hard to resist. Gurruchaga 1848, legadomitico.com
Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
This hotel is the ideal mix of old and new. Its 165 rooms are split between a 1934 Belle Époque palace and a contemporary, 15-storey tower, the two wings separated by private gardens. Interior furnishings marry Persian carpets and Poltrona Frau sofas with chandeliers and original artworks. An in-house vinoteca stocks more than 500 labels, most of them Argentine. Alvear Ave 1661, buenosaires.park.hyatt.com
Germán Martitegui is the Neil Perry of Buenos Aires. His pioneering restaurants - Casa Cruz, Olsen - helped define modern Argentine gastronomy and earned him fame on MasterChef. His latest, and possibly greatest, outing is Tegui, voted Argentina's top table in the 50 Best Restaurants awards. A graffitied wall in hip Palermo Hollywood conceals a chic interior, with the kitchen as "stage". The show - a 10-course tasting menu - changes weekly to spotlight local ingredients. Costa Rica 5852, tegui.com.ar
Gran Bar Danzón
Danzón's spirit never falters. It was one of the first places to do sushi and sashimi and it's still one of the finest practitioners of the art. The rest of the menu is broadly European (veal sweetbreads, duck confit) complemented by a cracking bodega and late-night disco dancing. Libertad 1161, granbardanzon.com.ar
Las Pizarras Bistro
Las Pizarras is ideal when you want to be fed well without fuss. Chef Rodrigo Castilla does French cuisine with an Argentine accent, and the wine list impresses, too. Thames 2296, laspizarrasbistro.com
The famous Café Tortoni, long a favourite of artists, writers and musicians, is jealously protected as the oldest, most beautiful and most atmospheric café in Buenos Aires (cafetortoni.com.ar).
Enjoy cocktails among Corinthian columns at Milión, an aristocratic mansion in the city's north. Its three storeys of louche glamour comprise tapas bar, garden restaurant, cocktail bar and art gallery (milion.com.ar).
Seek out un-signposted La Casa del Señor Duncan in Almagro, just south of Palermo Soho. Ring the bell at 3832 Rivadavia Avenue to enter this "multi-space cultural bar" with entertainment to suit every mood - perhaps a pianist in one room, swing dancing in another, a jazz duo in a third.
Etiqueta Negra is Argentina's most elegant men's label (etiquetanegra.us); Felix is cooler and flogs cut-price fashions at its Palermo factory outlet (felixba.com.ar). Salmón Tienda and Autoría BsAs stock eclectic ranges of only-in-Buenos-Aires bagatelles (salmontienda. com, autoriabsas.com.ar).
The gap between rich and poor remains stark. Don't tempt fate by flaunting expensive jewellery or watches while out, and be alert when using late-model smartphones in public. Take only marked Radio Taxis from the street; all drivers and trips are monitored.
Shame to be so close and not visit Uruguay. Ferries (buquebus.com) cross the Plate River from Buenos Aires to UNESCO-sanctioned Colonia del Sacramento. If time allows, continue along the Atlantic coast to Jose Ignacio, the Hamptons of Latin America.
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