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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.

The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

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.

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.

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.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

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.

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.

A perfect summer's weekend in Sydney

Sea urchin crumpet at Saint Peter

Sea urchin crumpet at Saint Peter

From rooftop bars to sunny seafood brunches and contemporary art, there’s plenty to occupy a weekend in Sydney this summer.

FRIDAY

6pm: There aren't many better places to be than an open-air bar after work on a balmy Friday evening. Henry Deane, the swish rooftop level of Hotel Palisade (35 Bettington St, Millers Point), offers just about 360-degree views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and glittering coastline. Sink into one of the blush-coloured leather couches, order a Spritz and revel in the Sydney-ness of it all.

Cocktails at Henry Deane.

8pm: Once the sun goes down things can get a little dishevelled at the Palisade, so hightail it to dinner at Cirrus (10/23 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo), just a short stroll away. A highlight of the flashy new Barangaroo development, Cirrus was opened by Nick Hildebrandt and Brent Savage - who also operate Bentley, Yellow and Monopole. It's all about seafood here, so dive into grilled plump West Australian marron with sea bananas, grilled cos with whipped mullet roe and cured egg yolk or a whole Northern Territory mud crab with green garlic and tarragon sauce. 

Grillled WA marron with sea bananas, Cirrus.

10.30pm: Thanks to Sydney's now-infamous lockout laws you only have a few hours left to find a late-night drink in this part of town, so hop  a cab to Bulletin Place (10-14 Bulletin Pl, Sydney). A niche little cocktail bar set upstairs from the busy CBD below, the bar's menu lists just a handful of fresh fruit-infused cocktails that change with the seasons. You might find blackberries muddled into your Negroni, or fresh rhubarb syrup in your Clover Club - served by some of the friendliest 'tenders in town.

Midnight: Nightcap? One of the most significant openings of 2016, Restaurant Hubert (15 Bligh St, Sydney) is open until 1am and houses two packed bars to choose from. Slip into one of the booths at Bar Pincer for a final Martini, a pastis-infused Ramos Gin Fizz, or a Malakoff - chef Dan Pepperell's deep-fried Gruyère croquette served with Dijon mustard and a dill pickle.

Restaurant Hubert's chicken fricassée.

Related: A perfect summer's weekend in Brisbane

SATURDAY

9am: Sean's (270 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach) should be a staple on any Sydney agenda. Set just across the road from the sands of Bondi Beach, weekend breakfasts have just launched with a menu of simple classics done exceptionally well. House-made crumpets with blueberry compote, cultured cream and honey, and gougères with scrambled eggs and spanner crab would pair very well with a weekend Bellini. 

10.30am: A visit to Sydney isn't a visit to Sydney without a dip in the water. Lap it up at the Icebergs ocean pool, or lounge on the grass alongside trendy types on the North Bondi knoll. 

Icebergs.

1.30pm: By now you've worked up an appetite, and restaurant group Merivale's newest and shiniest venue, Fred's  (380 Oxford St, Paddington), should be your next port of call. Chef Danielle Alvarez pulls from her time at California's Chez Panisse to create a menu of simple, produce-led dishes, most cooked in the wood-fired oven or over the coals. Pasta, such as casarecce with rabbit, is a highlight.

Fred's asparagus triangoli; casarecce with rabbit; wood-oven squid with celery and preserved lemon.

3pm: What better to follow a hearty lunch than a little nudity? The Art Gallery of New South Wales presents Nude: art from the Tate collection this summer which includes over 100 representations of the human form. Spot work by Picasso and Matisse and whirl through the movements of romanticism, cubism, expressionism, realism, surrealism and feminism in a mere afternoon.

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5pm: Check out Golden Age Cinema & Bar (80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills)'s summer programme. Old classics as well as independent, quirky flicks are screened every day in the gorgeous Deco cinema in the old Paramount Pictures building. Grab a Blood and Sand and a cheese plate at the bar beforehand and order a second round of drinks to take to your seat.  

8pm: Bookings are essential at Ester  (46-52 Meagher St, Chippendale), a polished, innovative (and very popular) restaurant in Chippendale run by chef Mat Lindsay. Nab a table for the second sitting. Order a dozen oysters which have been given a quick run through the wood-fired oven to pop their lids before being dressed with a piquant mignonette. Don't miss the Pyengana cheddar pie or the king prawns, which are grilled and dressed with brown butter, tamari and capers.

Oysters at Ester.

10pm: It's not too far to travel into the Inner West to hit Earl's Juke Joint (407 King St, Newtown), a saloon-style cocktail bar hidden behind the façade of an old butcher shop. In the style of New Orleans, the vibe here spells good times ahoy.

Related: A perfect summer's weekend in Adelaide

SUNDAY

9am: Things get out of hand last night? Wake up with a well-made flat white or filter brew at Artificer (547 Bourke St, Surry Hills). Take a seat on the windowsill in the sun to stalk all the cute dogs passing by.

11am: Sunday is an ideal day to take your time and stroll around, so meander back up through Surry Hills to Paddington for brunch at Saint Peter  (362 Oxford St, Paddington), taking in the shops along the way. This isn't your average brunch. Forgo your preconceived ideas of eggs and bacon for house-made crumpets with sea urchin and chives instead, or a fried fish sandwich, John Dory livers on toast, or marron scrambled eggs. It's all about seafood here, and lots of it.

Rilettes, Saint Peter.

1pm: Spend a little time browsing the shops on William Street, such as Just William Chocolates, surfwear brand Venroy, Belancé for sharp menswear and Banjo & Matilda for soft cashmere. From there it's a downhill slope to Rushcutters Bay - the harbour-side park is the perfect spot to lay a while enjoying the sunshine. 

3pm: Nearby Potts Point is packed with quirk and great eats. Make a beeline for Bourke Street Bakery (46A Macleay St, Potts Point) for a mid-afternoon croissant or lamb and harissa sausage roll, and flip through Potts Point Bookshop (14 MacLeay St, Potts Point), Poho Flowers (2/117 MacLeay St, Potts Point) and Fratelli Fresh (81 MacLeay St, Potts Point) for imported Italian goods. 

Related: A perfect summer's weekend in Melbourne

6pm: Cap off the weekend with an early dinner at The Apollo (44 Macleay St, Potts Point), Jonathan Barthelmess's sharply designed modern-Greek restaurant that has remained full to the hilt ever since it opened in 2012 (hint: get there early). Order fried saganaki cheese oozy with honey and oregano, taramasalata with wedges of soft warm pita, grilled sardines with lemon and parsley and a bottle of pale French rosé to go with it. If there's one rule to abide by while swnging by Sydney, go all out, this isn't the city for holding back.

Sardines, The Apollo.

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