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The Waratah Sydney review

The Waratah

A new boozer with a keen native focus is putting back some much-needed pep in the step of inner-city Sydney, writes MATTY HIRSCH.
The exterior of Mapleton Public House restaurant, Sunshine Coast Queensland

Mapleton Public House

At a 114-year old country pub in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, humble vegetables are thrust into the spotlight.
Four dishes on the table at Lagoon Dining in Carlton Melbourne: a rice dish, steamed fish with ginger.

Lagoon Dining

Crisp and refreshing, with a thrillingly sour backbeat, the hot and sour shredded potato at Lagoon Dining should be awarded some kind of medal for services to Australian tastebuds.
Her Bar in Melbourne, Victoria. Photo of the ceviche decorated with colourful edible flowers.

Her Bar

Her Bar keeps feet on the ground with a swanky fit-out and a menu delivering greatest hits in the key of France.
Manzé in North Melbourne, Victoria. Photo of restaurant with view into the kitchen


The dining room at Manzé is as breezy and charming as the service and drinks list – a short, sharp collection with a penchant for vin naturel and Mauritian rum.
Patsy's in Melbourne dark-hued, moody dining room


Where many modern meat-free restaurants exist to highlight the verisimilitude of their mock meats and faux cheeses, Patsy’s can seem almost radical in its approach.
Serai restaurant in Melbourne Filipino dish of red spanner crab shell atop crisp fried noodles and pineapple


Serai feels like instant fun – of the fire-fuelled, Filipino-flavoured kind.
Market Bistro in Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Queensland. Photo of red wine served with duck and a salad.

Market Bistro

Don’t let the location – in the heart of Maroochydore’s new CBD, surrounded by construction – put you off.
Patch Kitchen and Garden in th Adelaide Hills, SA. Photo of a pasta dish with parmesan and radicchio

Patch Kitchen and Garden

Andrew Davies, much loved for his work at Osteria Oggi and Press Food and Wine, recently took over a cottage-style building in Stirling – and, of course, diners have followed.