Each issue Australian Traveller Magazine looks at everything food; including gourmet getaways, recent restaurants and a special new recipe to try. By Georgia Rickard

The rivalry between Melbourne’s Crown and Sydney’s Star casinos has never been closer – and Crown has just upped the ante by appointing two-Michelin-starred chef Peter Chan to its Chinese restaurant, Silks (pictured above). No complaints here…

A new five-star restaurant will hit the Brisbane scene on South Bank’s Grey Street precinct latert his year. The establishment, Bacchus, will come complete with an outdoor pool and cabana, custom-made chandeliers, Italian draperies and a 4.5m-long onyx marble dining table. As you do.

Sydneysiders, rejoice: yet another Melbourne-style restaurant has opened for business. A cosy mixture of cool and quirky makes The Village a spot to be seen – if you can get a table, that is.
1 Kellett Way, Potts Point, (02) 8084 6057.


Orange duck stew with truffle and porcini mushrooms

Villa Gusto’s head chef Emma Handley shares one of her favourite winter warmers – a beautifully satisfying stew, inspired by traditional fare from southern Italy. Our suggestion: serve with a glass of something warming. Bon appétit!

5 cups chicken stock
5 tbsps olive oil
400g roma tomatoes, seeds and skin removed
½ tsp chopped rosemary
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 small red chillies, seeds removed,
finely chopped
25g butter
2 tbsps finely chopped onions
350g arborio rice
80g prepared pearl couscous
30g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked
and drained
Zest of 1 orange
200g free-range duck meat, cooked
and shredded
150g cavolo nero (or spinach), blanched
150g green beans, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 180°C and put the stock on to simmer.

2. Brush a baking dish with 2 tbsps oil. Cover the base with tomatoes, rosemary, garlic and chilli, season to taste, then bake for 15 minutes.

3. In a heavy-based saucepan, heat remaining oil and butter. Add onion, cook until translucent.

4. Add rice and stir to coat for 2 minutes, or until rice starts to “crackle”. Add a cup of simmering
stock and stir until absorbed. Continue adding stock until rice is cooked, about 18 minutes. It
should be firm to bite. Remove from heat.


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5. Add tomato mixture, pearl couscous, porcini, orange zest, duck, cavolo nero and green beans.
Return to heat and season to taste.

6. Serve with grated Grana Padano cheese and pan-wilted leafy greens.


Villa Gusto is a hatted regional restaurant and luxury accommodation. Much of its food comes from its own extensive garden, orchard and chook house.

630 Buckland Valley Road, Buckland, Vic,
(03) 5756 2000; villagusto.com.au

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