Rick Stein once said a man could starve in a room full of artichokes. The agave plant creates many of the same problems, but on the booze side of the equation – you’d be a long time sober. The pineapple shaped fruit (pina) is buried beneath an afro of metres of sharp, silvery blue leaves. These leaves can grow up to two metres long, while the fruit beneath will likely…
Boarding a Qantas plane in a foreign country has always felt to me like stepping back onto home turf. From the familiar accents of the crew to their warm smiles, it’s immersive. It’s Australia. So, 20 years ago, when I was asked to complement that service with a menu that tasted of home, I jumped at…
New York is a city that feeds you at all hours and on all budgets – perhaps it’s that celebrated lack of sleep. On my last visit, I pounded the pavement, seeking the best sandwiches, noodles and bagels the Big Apple has to offer; this time, I focused on the contemporary dining scene. And basing…
I’ve just experienced another terrific 12 months of eating my way around Australia and the world. This is my wrap-up of dishes I’ve loved in 2016, whether they came from fine-dining restaurants or humble little holes in the wall. The one thing they have in common is that they moved me and have become entrenched…
There is little question the world’s great dining rooms are in flux. Some are crying this is the death of fine dining, but I don’t think that’s right. This is an evolutionary tale. It’s exciting and important; it’s nothing to fear and, in fact, a lot to celebrate. With the announcement that we will be closing Rockpool Est. 1989 after 27 years of fantastic trade and industry recognition, I have had a lot of people question me as to my motives and my thoughts on the state of the industry. This month I wanted to share some of them with […]
The term ‘dry ageing’ is probably familiar to you, you’ve most likely seen it on menus, perhaps you’ve eaten it and hopefully you’ve noticed the serious difference in taste. But do you know exactly what it means?
My love affair with the humble hamburger started when my father took me, at the age of about six, down to the local milk bar to have a burger with him. It was in the early ’60s. Dad paid in pennies and pounds.
New York is one of the world’s greatest restaurant destinations, offering more fantastic places to eat than you could visit in a lifetime. But that’s just one part of the food scene. In a city made up of distinct boroughs, each with their own personality, it’s through the delis, food halls, sandwich shops and noodle joints that you really get to taste the city. It’s also a simpler and faster way to eat – and it’s good value.
Whenever I visit South Africa, it feels like I’m there for the first time; there are always new experiences to be had. The country is full of wonderful people, stunning cities, the most breathtaking game lodges, incredible wildlife and exquisite flora. Everyone should visit at least once.
If you’re visiting Cape Town, you have to make it to Stellenbosch and its wineries, just 50 kilometres away. These “wine farms”, as South Africans call them, are awe-inspiring. The country has a great tradition of winemaking dating back to the 1650s yet, for some reason, I’m always surprised by how much I love its wines.
When you’ve finished with the fun and food of Cape Town, it’s time for a look at the big attraction – South African game. The so-called Big Five – lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinos and leopards – are incredible, but I recommend looking beyond them to the country’s marine-based wonders, too.
I love Japanese food and often dream of Tokyo. The food there is so good that it’s almost impossible to have a bad meal; each restaurant usually specialises in a certain style of dish, which means it’s so disciplined. Fortunately, we have some great Japanese restaurants in Australia. In my home town of Sydney, these are the ones that I like to visit to feel like I’m stepping out in Tokyo.
There are days when three meals just aren’t enough. The English counter this with a little break for elevenses (scones, tea, maybe a nip of something stronger) or go all-out with an indulgent high tea. They’re not alone – in continental Europe you may be offered a goûter by the French, while the Spanish fill the gap between breakfast and lunch (or lunch and dinner) with merienda (in Italy it’s merenda). In my opinion, the Chinese hold the ultimate tea ceremony with yum cha.