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The Royal Mail Hotel is changing
28.03.2017

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
28.03.2017

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.

The World's Best sommeliers are coming to Australia
28.03.2017

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

Seven Italian dishes that shaped fine dining in the 2000s
28.03.2017

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.

Steam ovens: a guide
27.03.2017

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.

Our chocolate issue is out now
27.03.2017

Our April issue is out now. In his editor's letter, Pat Nourse walks you through what to expect.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
27.03.2017

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
24.03.2017

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

Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

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

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

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.

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.

48 Hours in Montréal

Schwartz's, Montréal

Schwartz's, Montréal

Time needn't be on your side to enjoy Montréal's diverse cuisine.

First question: are you going to get your bagels from St-Viateur or Fairmount? In the interests of science you'd probably better try both of these institutions. You could start fights with New Yorkers talking about which city does the better bagel. Fun as that is, it's probably more useful to think of them in terms of two distinct styles of bagel, each springing from a different but equally established Jewish community. Montréal bagels are boiled in water sweetened with honey before being baked in a wood-fired oven. They're smaller, slightly sweeter and the differences in their preparation give them a flavour and chew all their own. Grab a coffee from Café Myriade on your way from one shop to the other.

Or you could let Beauty's Luncheonette decide for you. The café has been in business more than 70 years, and its classic diner lines are the backdrop to breakfasts to be reckoned with - the Beauty's Basic comprises two eggs, ham, bacon or sausages and home fries on a (St-Viateur) bagel.

From here you've got two choices. One: segue directly into deli worship at Schwartz's, where the "charcuterie Hebraique" includes a celebrated doorstopper example of the Montréal smoked meat sandwich, "smoked meat" being the peppery local take on pastrami. Or, option two, stretch your legs and check out Jean Talon covered food market. There's lots to like here: the charcuterie at Porcmeilleur, cheese at Qui Lait Cru, fiddleheads and mushrooms picked wild from the woods at Les Jardins Sauvages - Marché des Saveurs, it should be noted, has a particularly fine range of maple products, many grades of maple syrup being the mere tip of the iceberg.

Which brings us to lunch, and therefore L'Express. Few restaurants capture the feeling of being at once an institution yet perfectly alive to the moment, but that is the Express's essential charm. It's not quite as old as Harry's in Venice, nor as edgy as St John Bread & Wine in London, but it shares their robust competence, their solidity, their pace. You'll barely have sat down when water, bread, mustard and a jar of cornichons are set before you. All that remains is to dip into the superb wine list, order some rillettes and eggs mayonnaise and kick back, or push the boat out with some specials: duck hearts with morels and broad beans, perhaps, or fat spears of asparagus in a sauce gribiche.

After a wander around the shops of St-Denis Street, a ramble up the Mont Royal for some fresh air or perhaps a restorative nap, a refreshment is in order. Montréal has a thriving bar scene, but even by its impressive standards of diversity and energy, Agrikol is one out of the box. There's something particularly fascinating about immersing yourself in French Caribbean culture in the heart of French Canada, especially when the link is forged by Arcade Fire band members (and local residents) Régine Chassagne and Win Butler. The sounds and scents of Haiti come to life through bright, bold murals, big flavours and rum. Lots of rum. Mardi Gras beads hang from a chandelier, while the snacks menu runs to the likes of gryo, fried marinated hunks of pork shoulder, and accras, cod fritters, all complemented by seriously spicy pickles.

Dinner brings a dilemma even more harrowing than the decision presented at breakfast. Will you go with Joe Beef or Au Pied de Cochon? One thing is certain: there's no doing both on the same night. Both restaurants are excellent, both are pillars of Montréal's reputation as one of the great eating cities of the Americas and both have (some) lighter options on offer, but there's something about the combination of powerfully tasty food and stellar cellars common to both that can tempt even the sturdiest souls towards overindulgence. Consider it win-win. at Au Pied de Cochon, foie gras is a specialty, and chef Martin Picard offers it in croquettes and hamburgers, nigiri and cheung fun, as well as in an epic foie-laden take on poutine, Quebec's signature dish of hot potato chips smothered in gravy and fresh cheese curds. At Joe Beef, meanwhile, a meal might kick off with a platter of clams, oysters, urchin and crab on ice, paired with hot puffs of squid ink-blackened dough, segue into battered nuggets of hen-of-the-woods mushroom, asparagus in brioche with hollandaise and salmon roe, lobster spaghetti, and conclude a muscular steak "Monsieur Joe Beef" au poivre, all with a full chorus of Burgundy so good you'll want to pour it into your eyes.

 

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