FOOD & WINE
One of the first things people rave about when they return from their travels is the food, and in Australia we make it a national pasttime. Whether it’s the best pie, most exquisite pub lunch or world-class restaurant, we love to eat when we travel.
The Top 100
If you want some inspiration, the 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences is the first port of call. For the first time in Australia’s culinary history, AT ranked and compiled together our top providores, producers and restaurants to provide the ultimate waistline-busting food and wine must-do list in Oz.
(We pay our own way and visit anonymously)
Bistro Guillame, Melbourne
Hawthorn Mosman, Sydney
Manly Pavilion, Sydney
Berowra Waters Inn, Sydney
Sutton Forest Inn, NSW
Bells at Killcare, NSW
Harrisons, Port Douglas
Stillwater Cafe, Launceston
Bella Vedere, Yarra Valley, VIC
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Our five favourite coffee roasters to pick up your morning brew. St Ali Roasters, South Melbourne Here customers can sip house-roasted coffee by 2013 Australian Barista Champion, Matt Perger. There’s also a healthy all-day menu to sink your teeth into, while their factory across the road runs workshops from roasting to latte art. stali.com.au Campos Coffee, Newtown, Sydney Campos made headlines when a New York Times journalist declared their coffee was worth the 22-hour flight. Now the flagship store includes an espresso bar downstairs and a cupping room upstairs, where you can sample various brews and pick up a bag of your...
Foodies, looking for an excuse to follow your tastebuds this winter? Nikki Wallman finds five gourmet short-breaks that will have you licking your lips and checking your holiday planners. Join a new Barossa cooking school It’s one thing to feast on the riches of the Barossa; it’s another to tap directly into local passion, skills and knowledge that feed this gorgeous swathe of soil and vine. Good thing then that the ‘Food Luddite’, chef Mark McNamara (formerly of Barossa institution Appellation, on-site restaurant at luxury lodge The Louise), has just launched his Kitchen Studio. The range of small, hands-on cooking...
Australia’s wine regions offer guaranteed relaxing breaks thanks to scenic drives, gorgeous rural vistas, endless rows of romantically gnarled grapevines, and increasingly exceptional on-site restaurants. Alissa Jenkins finds the most delightful accommodation nestled among the vines, so you can stay where you play. 1. Chateau Yering Although this estate no longer encompasses a vineyard – it was subdivided from the winery (now named Yering Station) 15 years ago – this luxurious five-star property remains an icon of the Yarra Valley. Founded in 1838 by the Ryrie brothers, it was here the brothers planted vine cuttings that grew Victoria’s first vintage....
Ah, champagne: drink of fabulous socialites and extravagant occasions. We searched Australia high and low for our most sparkling champagne venues: places that celebrate unbridled dedication to its service, history, presentation… and flavour. Here, 10 of the best. By Edward Washington The Champagne & Oyster Bar, The Atlantic, Melbourne Open since mid-2011, The Atlantic has more recently added a dedicated champagne and oyster Bar. Designed by the Melbourne-based designer Blackmilk, Atlantic (and its underground bar, The Den) mixes classical elements with modern touches and the result is a streamlined interior that exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere – the perfect environment for a glass...
Food to challenge your tastebuds in fabulously far-flung locales: how about a taste of Australia's most adventurous (and luxurious) foodie safaris. (Part of from Natural Australia: 16 Ultimate Escapes) 1. The remote heli-picnic Dinner with a view is one thing, but being flown to the summit of a thunderous Kimberley waterfall to dine is another. Take a dip and then indulge in a distinctly non-standard picnic basket: freshly caught reef fish, oysters and king prawns. Don’t like flying? Stay on board your base, the True North cruise ship. See more: Ultimate Escapes: Kimberley 2. The fine desert feast At the Tali Wiru experience you...
Let your tastebuds come along for the ride on these walks and then reward them at one of these tasty cafes or restaurants. 1. Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach, Sydney, NSW (13 kilometres return, medium grade) See: Sublime harbour views, bushland and beaches. Do: From Taronga Wharf, walk uphill to join the path into Sydney Harbour National Park (you’ll see it). Follow it all the way past Bradleys Head and Taylors Bay to the southern end of Clifton Gardens Reserve. Stop for a dip, then rejoin the path at the beach’s northern end and continue to Balmoral. Eat: Anything at Balmoral...
Champagne, cupcakes, spa treatments… there’s nothing stuffy about today’s high tea, writes Tatyana Leonov. There’s something fabulous about sipping tea out of dainty crockery while nibbling on cute sandwiches and petite pastries, and you’ve got to admit, Aussies are leaders when it comes to leisurely activities. High tea (or afternoon tea) can be traced back to the 1700s – and Britain of course. Working men and women used to fill up on their afternoon break, sometimes in place of eating a late dinner. Then the rich got hungry. Picture the 7th Duchess of Bedford getting peckish in the afternoon and...
Foodies, here is your plan for the year ahead - cancel everything else... Kangaroo Island Feastival 24-28 April The 'Island' has been described as ‘Aussie bush meets the Mediterranean’ and, with its similarly crystal waters, excellent food culture and laidback lifestyle, we can understand why - especially when the island’s annual food celebration, FEASTival rolls around. With 30 events to choose, make sure you set aside at least one early morning to watch the sun rise at one of the island’s many beaches. Noosa International Food & Wine Festival: 15–18 May There’d be a fair few people willing to rank Noosa...
Steve Madgwick chats with the increasingly well-travelled Matt Moran about his foodie journeys, his newest restaurant and what he cooks when he’s feeling lazy. With your television series, Paddock to Plate, you seem to be covering a lot of Australia. What’s your favourite destination? It’s a bloody hard one. It depends if I feel like a warm climate or a cool one. I have to say that Broome is a very special place. I’ve been there twice, once in my early 20s – my first real holiday, at Cable Beach, before it was really discovered – and once a couple of years...
Judging by the sheer number of gourmet escapes that feature in the 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia list, food and wine are increasingly a deciding factor in Australia's travel plans. Here are Australia's 10 Greatest Gourmet Holidays, two which made the top 10 in the 100 (with the number they finished overall in the 100 Greatest Holidays in brackets). Dinner is served! 1. Take a foodie break in the Margaret River region, Western Australia (6) 2. Have a gourmet Barossa weekend, South Australia (9) 3. Spend a weekend dining in Melbourne’s restaurants, Victoria (20) 4. Take a foodie break in...
The chef who brought three hats to the Royal Mail Hotel proves he’s still at the top with new restaurant Brae, says Susan Gough Henly. This is a tale of a jolly jumbuck, a meta barbie and plans to grow heirloom wheat in the paddock. A modern Australian fable, really. At the centre of it all is chef Dan Hunter who, with a couple of partners, recently purchased George Biron’s eponymous country restaurant Sunnybrae, complete with vegetable gardens and orchard. The 30-acre property in Birregurra, at the fringe of Victoria’s Western District sheep country, on the back road to Lorne....
Georgia Rickard catches up with Neil Perry at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa to talk Qantas, luxury and the key to success What does summer mean to you? It absolutely means fruit. When you have mangoes, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots… For me, at Christmas lunch, that big bowl of fruit is just as important as anything! Where do you think is the best place in Australia for a summer holiday? Hmm, generally I think it’s actually a bit too crazy up north. Places like Mornington Peninsula are really beautiful for summer… I’ve also been down to Margaret River and...
Hotels have been adding all kinds of ingredients to their recipe for success – now Guillaume Brahimi is one of them, says Tori Clapham There’s no denying we’re a nation of foodies – a fact any savvy hotelier knows only too well. No surprises then that Melbourne’s Crown Towers, one of the savviest of all, has upped the culinary ante with a very welcome food initiative: a new in-room menu designed by not one, but two celebrity chefs – Guillaume Brahimi and Neil Perry. “I don’t think that other hotels in Australia are up to scratch, they just stick to...
No Aussie summer is complete without a healthy dose of ice-cream. These gelaterias offer flavours that are anything but vanilla… Vegemite, Gelateria Cremona, Brisbane It doesn’t get much more Aussie than this. If you’re around Brisbane this Australia Day, visit Gelateria Cremona for a patriotic scoop of their Vegemite or Lamington-inspired gelato. But, if the jarred stuff is anything to go by, we doubt any overseas visitors will appreciate the genius behind it. Fish and chips, Kailis Fish Market Café, Fremantle Combining two summer essentials – ice-cream and fish and chips, this unlikely match is a must-try for visitors. Made with real...
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