The 2019 line-up for Western Australia Gourmet Escape has been announced. Western Australia Gourmet Escape
Unico Zelo release a Yuzu infused vermouth. Broadsheet
Is mortadella the new prosciutto? delicious.
Sydney's favourite dishes - as Star Signs. Broadsheet
David Thompson's Long Chim, at Melbourne's Crown Casino, to be replaced by Ging Thai.Good Food
Meet the producers behind some of Australia's best farms and fisheries. Gourmet Traveller
Why you should be drinking champagne in winter, too. Good Food
Could magic mushrooms solve Australia's mental health crisis? Broadsheet
Hedonistic and high-minded; derivative and inventive; outrageously elitist and charmingly naïve. Meet Alchemist. Vanity Fair
Uber Eats wants you to pre-order food, then eat it at the restaurant. Eater
Will cows soon be obsolete? Grub street
Anthony Huckstep visited Nour, Surry Hills, for delicious. "There’s magic at work in the kitchen at Middle Eastern eatery Nour where the new chefs are dialling up the refinement in the vibrant cuisine... From the lengthy mezze list, charred dill cucumbers partner wonderfully with light handmade shanklish – a cow’s milk cheese formed into balls and rolled through herbs. Sweet confit peppers nicely offset creamy fava beans and albacore basturma accented with a rich crustacean oil. It’s one of the best things I’ve eaten this year. Then again, perhaps the mini ‘chicken bits’ (liver, hearts) shawarma, with sumac pickled onions and toum, fits the bill, too. I could eat 10 of them." (4/5)
John Lethlean had mixed feelings about Forty Licks, for The Weekend Australian Magazine. "So why go in the first place? Because the food is excellent. Beautiful produce is employed in traditional Vietnamese and Lao dishes by an Australian chef – Joel Manton – with six years’ experience working in Hanoi. Lovely stuff. A really interesting menu...You’ll be happy, provided you bring noise-cancelling headphones. I couldn’t handle the place long enough to investigate dessert. Yet I’ll be going back. The way I see it, it’s easier to fix a restaurant with systems issues than one with a talentless kitchen. Maybe they should have called it Beggars Banquet." (3/5)
Dining at Metisee, Potts Point, is like travelling through time, writes Terry Durack for SMH Good Food. "The absence of rules and abundance of hospitality mean there's a contented hum in the room, and warmth where there used to be a jarring coldness. Yes, it's out of step with the times, but Metisse actually taps into a sizeable dining market that has been cold-shouldered by the cool kids; those who thoroughly enjoy the unfashionable pleasures of old-school dining." (14.5/20)
Gemima Cody went to James in South Melbourne, for The Age Good Food. "There are neighbourhood restaurants and there's James. If you need proof that definitions are becoming fluid, there are few better examples than this restaurant. Which is not a restaurant. Except when it is...It kicks off with bao. There are five of the stuffed, fluffy white buns here and while the craze for them might be over, this chicken version might be one of the best yet. It's a proportions game, the pillowy bun and mayo in sweet harmony with sparkling pink cabbage, the umami crunch of fried kale, and juicy chicken that's so crisp-crumbed it crackles on bite.." (14/20)
What's to come...
A1 & Friends 'Lawyers, Guns & Money' with Victor Liong at A1 Canteen: 24 July
Winter Fire Festival, Orange: 2-4 August
The Curated Plate, Sunshine Coast: 8-11 August
A night in Jordan at Barzaari Chippendale: 14 August
A1 & Friends 'Kiwi Clam Bake' with Morgan McGlone at A1 Canteen: 21 August
Seafood Series with Lennox Hastie and Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens: 11 August
#CookforSyria event at Nomad: 12 August
Inn Talks, Paddo Inn: 13 August
Global Table, Melbourne: 3-6 September
Western Australia Gourmet Escape: 8-17 November
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