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Talking table with AA Gill

Talking table with AA Gill

With a collection of his famously savage reviews newly published, AA Gill talks restaurant criticism, wafting aromas and camel snot.
Bar of the year 2008: Der Raum, Richmond, Vic

Bar of the year 2008: Der Raum, Richmond, Vic

It’s no big deal to meet a bartender who’s also an actor or a would-be singer-songwriter. Bartender-artists are a rarer breed, though, and finding someone active in the arts who is working in a bar not so much as a sideline to support themselves but as a dual profession or indeed another form of artistic […]
Sommelier of the year 2008: Simon Curkovic, Catalina, Rose Bay, NSW

Sommelier of the year 2008: Simon Curkovic, Catalina, Rose Bay, NSW

One of Simon Curkovic’s favourite words is ‘fun’. He uses it when he tells you how he regularly introduces adventurous diners at Catalina restaurant to the wine world’s more obscure bottles (“drinking something different is great fun”). Tellingly he also uses the F-word when talking about the great older-vintage Burgundies at the heart of Catalina’s […]
Regional restaurant of the year 2008: Nu Nu, Palm Cove, Qld

Regional restaurant of the year 2008: Nu Nu, Palm Cove, Qld

Among the many things we love to love about Nu Nu is the way in which it’s good all day long. With Jason Rowbottom from Punch Lane on the floor and Pearl’s Nick Holloway running the kitchen, it’s like a little piece of Melbourne’s scene gone troppo: diverse influences unified by a kitchen that offsets […]
New restaurant of the year 2008: Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne

New restaurant of the year 2008: Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne

There’s always been another side to Neil Perry; a side that wasn’t Chinese roast pigeon with prawn-stuffed eggplant. And that side was steak with horseradish cream, pappardelle with duck ragù, confit of suckling pig with mustard fruits and a nice little apple and rhubarb crumble. In short, Rockpool Bar & Grill, his remarkably accomplished and […]
Best new talent 2008: Ben Shewry, Attica, Ripponlea, Vic

Best new talent 2008: Ben Shewry, Attica, Ripponlea, Vic

Ben Shewry exhibits refreshing characteristics for a young chef, not the least being the credit he gives his mentors for their part in a brief, yet brilliant, career: his first boss, back in New Zealand and his culinary school teachers; his first serious chef, the decorated Swiss-New Zealander Mark Limacher, for a gruelling work ethic […]
Restaurant of the year 2008: Pier, Rose Bay, NSW

Restaurant of the year 2008: Pier, Rose Bay, NSW

Judging three-star restaurants is a funny business. Do you go in and just sit and wait to be wowed? Or do you work backwards, clipping points back from a perfect score and see who’s left at the end? Whichever way you choose to look at things, Pier comes up trumps. Speaking personally, I visited every […]