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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
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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.

Our chocolate issue is out now
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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.

Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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

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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.

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.

Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide

A new property in Adelaide combines character with contemporary flair.

Adelaide's arrival as a gastro-cultural hotspot has been hamstrung by a lack of desirable hotels - something the new 170-room Mayfair Hotel aims to change.

A $55 million investment by Adelaide-based Adabco Group has seen patient rejuvenation of a heritage-listed 1930s building that was once home to an insurance company. Commanding a major intersection in the centre of Adelaide's CBD, the boutique hotel embraces classic style with a contemporary twist.

Interior design by Bates Smart picks up bold, oblong Art Deco lines, defined by glossy black, stark white and cool slate colours, framing cut-crystal lamps and bold mirrors.

While not presenting grand extravagance, Mayfair Hotel offers a dash of flair in its new four-floor annex - referred to as "the jewel box" due to its diamond-patterned metal cladding - linked to the original heritage-listed building.

A low-ceilinged lobby is underwhelming and lacks a sense of arrival, but closer observation reveals pretty couch fabrics, cushions and two concealed lounge areas shielded from the view of those arriving at the hotel.

The biggest dazzle at the property, however, will be launched in the next few months. Named after the building's original architects, the Hennessy Lounge will occupy the hotel's top floor. This refuge, with a private lounge and bar, and breathtaking views of the city, will be reserved for the exclusive use of the hotel's executive-floor guests. In the floors below, rooms in different configurations - designed to fit like pieces of a puzzle within the heritage frame of the building - feature custom-designed beds.

Mayflower Restaurant in the basement has chef Bethany Finn cleverly reviving classic hotel cuisine with a playful contemporary accent, although it's a hidden gem buried from public view down a staircase. Café 55 at street level introduces passing pedestrians to the hotel's food offerings, with coffee, pâtisseries and take-away lunches.

Rooms from $200 per night. 45 King William St, Adelaide, SA, (08) 8210 8888


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