Congratulations to all the winners in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, announced last week. Bentley Restaurant and Bar came in at No. 9 on the national list; Restaurant Orana, which is in the news everywhere for its Sydney residency, was awarded the Sustainability and Innovation Award; and Kylie Kwong received a special and well-deserved gong for Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality.
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David Matthews was glowing about the Orana Residency in Sydney forGourmet Traveller. "This is cooking that's dogged in its exploration of Australian ingredients, that defers to traditional skill and knowledge, but doesn't forget time and place, the people who've come to live in this country, or the roots of its chef. To be able to bring all those things together into something as coherent, and delicious, as this is down to a man with a clear vision and the right people supporting it. Orana – here, there – deserves our support, too. And it's still cheaper than flying to Adelaide and back to eat there. Go."
Terry Durack ventured to hole-in-the-wall Little Red Robin in Lane Cove for SMH Good Food. "Those forever on the search for that ideal snack-with-drinks will like the idea of a perfectly spherical potato doughnut, filled with black pudding custard and topped with bone marrow cream and the tang of finger lime. Sticking point: it could be warmer. Kangaroo tartare is such an effective way to showcase this lean, clean meat that ordering it is now a Pavlovian response. Here, the ruby-red striploin is hand-chopped into a rubble of steely sweetness, dressed up with discs of watermelon radish, parsnip cream, delicate white linaria flowers, the crunch of toasty almonds and the warmth of espelette pepper." (14/20)
John Lethlean travelled to Launceston to check out Me Wah for The Australian, which was a bit hit and miss. "Deluxe fried rice isn’t special; indifferent honey prawns are thickly battered and come with curly parsley, a carved carrot 'crown' and those funny broken white rice noodles they put everything on; strikingly salty 'spicy salt squid' is garnished identically. Steamed gai lan with ginger and oyster sauce is actually really good, and only $19. And I’d order the generous vegetarian mah po tofu, with good fresh chilli heat and plenty of Szechuan pepper zing, again tomorrow." (2/5)
Gemima Cody was less than impressed by Melbourne's Pink. The Restaurant for The Age Good Food dishing up her lowest score ever. "Need proof Pink is more about pouts than pizzas? The two-tier restaurant has a dedicated selfie studio, where you can preen and snap yourself before a fluffy bureau, but no kitchen. Instead, the menu, riddled with enough wellness buzzwords and grammatical goofs to make a subeditor weep into their inhaler, is assembled downstairs at Rozzi's – a pizza shop from whose glowing bains-marie you may have inhaled a slice while staggering down Swanston Street at 2am." (8/20)
What's to come...
Global Table, Melbourne: 3-6 September
Barossa Gourmet Weekend: 5-7 September
Food & Words Festival: 14 September
Mudgee Wine and Food Festival: 7 September-8 October
Sydney Good Food Month: October
Western Australia Gourmet Escape: 8-17 November
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