The national reviewing season is upon us. John Lethlean traded his regular review for 50 of them in The Weekend Australian Magazine's Hot 50. Attica was crowned Hottest Restaurant nationally, while Clayton Wells' A1 Canteen was Hottest New Restaurant, Laura at Point Leo Estate was Hottest Regional and Matt Stone and Jo Barrett at Oakridge in the Yarra Valley were Hottest Chefs.
Anthony Huckstep raved about Ormeggio’s Italian trip via Spain - "an absolute triumph where different cultures combine, rather than clash" - for delicious. on Sunday. "Then comes a mouthful to remember – Pavoni’s signature bottini (button pasta) with liquid aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Pop the whole thing in your mouth and let the cheese ooze around in rich revelry. We end with the sharp, sweet and savoury meeting of pimientos del piquillo and black garlic under a puck of slow-cooked wagyu that’s still pink on the inside and blackened by charcoal on its outer." (4.5/5)
Terry Durack popped into Adam Wolfers' pop up Etelek in the former Antipodean site in Potts Point for SMH Good Food. "A few of the more out-there dishes show Wolfers is pushing himself, eager to mine his food memories to break new ground. Like the nokedli ($25) of tiny boiled spaetzle (dumpling-like noodles) sitting in a frothy pool of smoked bonito butter, laden with fat, briny sea urchin, confit duck egg yolk and toasty walnuts. The mind might say WTF, but the mouth is incapable of speech, flooded with creamy, eggy brininess."
Gemima Cody roadtested the nighttime offering at popular cafe Babajan in North Carlton for The Age Good Food (not yet online). "Hot puffy pillows of bread arrive with a baba ghanoush riding that fine line between the smokiness of well-charred eggplant and the sweetness of its collapsed, blitzed innards. Scoop, pinch and crunch. Add a pickle. Try the tzatziki, thick with shredded cucumber, sloshed with spicy olive oil... Life is good." (14/20)
Mark LaBrooy, Darren Robertson and Andy Allen from Three Blue Ducks are joining forces with the country’s best chefs for a fundraising dinner in aid of our farmers on Tuesday 4 September. Chefs involved include Clayton Wells, Monty Koludrovic, Matt Stone and Jo Barrett, Mat Lindsay, Duncan Welgemoed, Shannon Martinez, James Viles and Andy Bowdy, and all proceeds will go to Rural Aid. Tickets are $220 for a four-course dinner and drinks. Three Blue Ducks.
Rewarding the producers. The delicious. Produce Awards 2018 winners. delicious.
Bringing back the F-word. Fat that is. The Weekend Australian Magazine
Six stars at The Star. Ritz Carlton hotel returns to Sydney. Daily Telegraph
Ikea to serve kangaroo meatballs. Business Insider
Guzman y Gomez to enter the US market. Business Insider
Here's cheers to gluten-free beers. Good Food
The restaurants that have defined dining in America over the past 40 years. Food & Wine
The New York Times appoints Tejal Rao as its first ever dedicated restaurant critic for California.Eater
The ex-Noma chef reforming school canteen food in America. The New Yorker
Bon Appetit lists its top 10 new restaurants in the USA. Bon Appetit