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Local grass-fed beef is on the menu at Homage restaurant, Hidden Vale. Photo: Supplied Let’s get it out of the way straight up: Marsden’s Seafood, the fish and chip shop that once belonged to Pauline Hanson, is still in business. These days it’s owned by a pleasant Vietnamese family and they can chicken salt a […]

Noosa weekend getaway: best places to eat and drink

Classic cheeseburger from Betty’s Burgers. Photo: Supplied Pop into Betty’s for a post-beach burger. Photo: Supplied Belmondo’s interior features a model plane. Photo: Supplied Vegan doughnuts at GoVegan Deli. Photo: Supplied The clean cafe interior complements GoVegan Deli’s clean-eating ethos. Photo: Supplied Zabe Cafe pours locally roasted Clandestino coffee. Photo: Supplied Zabe Cafe is a […]

All aboard the Indian Pacific for gourmet food and wine

Delicious trip: The Indian Pacific crosses the Nullarbor Plain at a leisurely pace. Photo: Selina Day Freedom awaits as we chug out of Adelaide, with thousands of kilometres ahead on one of the world’s great rail journeys. It’s enough to get any travellers tingling. Add in the lure of premium wine and food on the […]

Four myths about alcohol-free drinks that will change the way you see them

Non-alcoholic beers, spirits and wines are enjoying a boom in demand in Australia. Photo: Supplied A booze-free beer is now the best-selling drink in bottle shops and pubs There’s no doubt alcohol-free drinks are having a bit of a moment. With an ever-expanding range of premium booze-free wines, beers and spirits hitting the shelves, there has never been […]

10 top essential spots for food-lovers in Tokyo

Perfect pairing: A faultless accompaniment to its natural wines is Ahiru Store’s bonito carpaccio with pickled green peppers and ginger. Photo: Luke Burgess Japan has long played creative muse for chefs Michael Ryan and Luke Burgess. They spent months there compiling their book Only in Tokyo. Here, they distil their passion into this essential travel […]

From Cold Cock Bock to Kosciuszko: Australia’s godfather of craft beer celebrates 50 years in brewing

Dr Charles ‘Chuck’ Hahn at the Malt Shovel Brewery in Camperdown, May 2021. Photo: Wolter Peeters In the beginning there was porter, shipped to Australia by the First Fleet and enjoyed with salt beef in Botany Bay. Later came Carlton, Foster’s, Tooheys and Tooth’s. At some point: Light Ice. Today, the domestic beer scene is […]

10 of Australia’s best restaurants with views

The Stokehouse in St Kilda. Photo: Supplied From kangaroos to beachside views, here are some of the best tables, and tableaux, around Australia. Arc Dining, Brisbane, QLD Brisbane-born young gun Alanna Sapwell moved back to the Sunshine State from Sydney’s Saint Peter in 2019 to take on this light, airy riverside pavilion and adjacent wine bar, […]

Vegan food adventure across India

Vegan cooking class in Udaipur, India. Photo: Supplied “My plan for you is to leave India with an extra kilogram,” says Bhagirath Purohit. Our tour leader smiles, looks down at his belly and pats it. I survey the rounds of warm, whole-wheat chapatti, springy khaman (steamed chickpea cake) flecked with mustard seeds, long pods of […]

The 30 Australian food adventures you must have

The Farm in Byron Bay. Photo: Anthony Ong 1. Cooking by the lake Proving that if you build it they will come, hospo veteran Alla Wolf-Tasker has added a cooking school to her lakeside restaurant, hotel and spa. The Lake House all-day masterclasses ($240 a head) attract leading chefs from around the country. The next, […]

Flinders Island lands a destination food hub

The modern warehouse space is a one-stop food destination. Photo: Adam Gibson Flinders Island, off the coast of Tasmania, has become famous among chefs for its giant rock lobsters, lamb, wallaby and muttonbird (a fat-rich native harvested by the Aboriginal population). But until now the rugged land has been relatively restaurant-free. The annual star-studded food […]

Three bottles of prosecco to enjoy

Fresh, light, young and uncomplicated, prosecco originated in north-eastern Italy and took over the world. Photo: iStock Prosecco is the name and the wine on everyone’s lips, judging from the racks of bottles of the product, both Australian and imported, in my local bottle-oh. Fresh, light, young and uncomplicated, prosecco originated in north-eastern Italy and […]

Perth’s top 10 pizza bars: the top five unveiled

#1: Monsterella (how the couple’s daughter Mila pronounces ‘mozzarella’) offers an array of authentic Italian street food. Photo: David Prestipino As you make your way south from Milan to Rome to the rustic heartlands of Napoli, Calabria, Abruzzo and Sicily, the style of pizza in Italy changes as dramatically as the language and the landscape, bringing a […]

Melbourne Airport to reinvigorate food outlets with 11 of the city’s favourite brands and chefs

Rotisserie chicken from Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie at the Victoria Market. Photo: Pat Scala EARL Canteen‘s customers have been begging them to open at Melbourne Airport for years. “It’s definitely our most asked-for location,” says Jackie Middleton, EARL’s director and co-founder. “I think there’s a perception that food at the airport isn’t great, and Melburnians […]

Three bottles of alternative dry whites

Why do we drink so much of the same varietals? Isn’t that just a little boring? Photo: iStock Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, semillon and riesling: they’re the mainstays of the Australian white wine offering. Added together, they account for 75 per cent of the white wine that’s produced in this country. But there are […]

Where to eat and drink at the New South Wales south coast

Seared Hervey Bay Scallops at Rick Stein At Bannisters. Photo: Supplied Go for the beaches and fishing, stay for the food. Make time for these five food stops on your next coast break. 1. Rick Stein at Bannisters Located at luxury Bannisters Hotel, the Australian restaurant of English celebrity chef Rick Stein is somewhere everyone […]

How to up your quarantine coffee game

Top tip: ‘Invest in a good grinder instead of any other thing. A beautiful cup doesn’t give you the right taste, but a good grinder will.’ Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen   Whether you’ve panic-bought an espresso machine, wish to enter the nerdy world of pourovers or are preparing to white-knuckle it through this time armed only […]

Five of the best brunches in regional NSW

The Boathouse Hotel in Patonga. Photo: Supplied Sydney’s top 15 brunches Good Weekend’s 52 best brunches From breakfast gelato to buckets of prawns here are five spots worth a mid-morning pit stop. Bar Botanica Go-to dish: Ploughman’s lunch. Ploughman’s lunch (and gelato) at Bar Botanica, Erina. Photo: Supplied Where: Erina. Why: Brunch tastes best in […]

Five of the best brunches in regional NSW

The Boathouse Hotel in Patonga. Photo: Supplied Sydney’s top 15 brunches Good Weekend’s 52 best brunches From breakfast gelato to buckets of prawns here are five spots worth a mid-morning pit stop. Bar Botanica Go-to dish: Ploughman’s lunch. Ploughman’s lunch (and gelato) at Bar Botanica, Erina. Photo: Supplied Where: Erina. Why: Brunch tastes best in […]

Why spiced rum is hot right now

The real heat this winter is brought to you by botanical-infused spiced rum. Photo: iStock Raising the temperature really is rum’s game. If the tropical vibes don’t thaw your chill, the sugarcane spirit will apply naked flame to the problem, and there’s no party a volcano bowl can’t ignite. But the real heat this winter […]

Five of the best lunch spots in NSW for a day trip

Sean Moran (left) and Michael “Manoo” Robertson at High Hopes Roadhouse, Bilpin. Photo: Wolter Peeters Fill the tank and pump a Paul Kelly Best Of. Day tripping is back in a big way as NSW recovers from the coronavirus and Sydneysiders look to leave the city behind. “We received a lot of positive feedback from […]

‘Deconstructed coffee’: It’s for snobs, not hipsters, says Melbourne cafe behind beaker brew

Flat what? The ‘deconstructed’ coffee in question. Photo: Facebook Melbourne hipster coffee has social media steaming Cafe review: The Kitchen at Weylandts The manager of a Melbourne cafe at the centre of a social media storm in a coffee cup says its controversial “deconstructed” brew was aimed at the city’s notorious coffee snobs, not hipsters. […]

High time for new adventures in the Southern Highlands

New direction: The former Briars Inn has reopened with a modern bistro menu. Photo: Supplied There’s a new sense of optimism in the Southern Highlands. Nine months ago, Moss Vale’s Birch was simply a restaurant. A very good one, mind: awards, local produce wizardry and a strong reputation that kept things afloat through what co-owner […]

10 of Australia’s best restaurants with views

The Stokehouse in St Kilda. Photo: Supplied From kangaroos to beachside views, here are some of the best tables, and tableaux, around Australia. Arc Dining, Brisbane, QLD Brisbane-born young gun Alanna Sapwell moved back to the Sunshine State from Sydney’s Saint Peter in 2019 to take on this light, airy riverside pavilion and adjacent wine bar, […]

Ten reasons to visit Daylesford right now

Chef Hugh Maxwell at Sault Restaurant in Daylesford. Photo: Richard Cornish When Italian-speaking Swiss migrants arrived in the central Victorian town of Daylesford during the 1850s gold rush, they brought with them ideals of community, vision and inclusion. A century later, their descendants welcomed the hippies, then the gender-diverse community. Next came the artists, the […]

Bellarine Peninsula’s next wave of restaurants

Nathan Toleman and Geelong mayor Bruce Harwood outside the heritage-listed Beach House, Geelong. A new wave of restaurants and cafes is set to hit the Bellarine Peninsula over the coming months. Fresh from opening the Common Ground Project in Freshwater Creek, 10 minutes’ south of Geelong, Nathan Toleman and the Mulberry Group are working on the […]

Jugiong: The little town that could

Jugiong was a little bypassed village near Gundagai that grew into a food-and-wine destination. Photo: Supplied  Welcome to Jugiong: population 222. Until the weekend, that is, when it feels more like 3 million. And that’s not counting Hollywood actor Matt Damon, who turned up on the Anzac Day weekend and grabbed a coffee in the […]

The best of British food essentials

Traditional beef-dripping fish and chips at The Magpie Cafe. Photo: Supplied Few things grind my gears like French people having a dig at English food. “One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad,” said Jacques Chirac when he was president of La Grande Nation in 2005. It’s a reputation based on utter bollocks. England […]

One perfect day in Hobart, Tasmania

Spaghetti with green olive and marjoram at Fico. Photo: Supplied The Good Food team share their favourite places to eat and drink in their second homes. Hobart has become such a food destination, planning one perfect day is barely possible. Do you grab impeccable breads and pastries from Pigeon Whole Bakers on Argyle Street and […]

Perth’s top 10 pizza bars: the top five unveiled

#1: Monsterella (how the couple’s daughter Mila pronounces ‘mozzarella’) offers an array of authentic Italian street food. Photo: David Prestipino As you make your way south from Milan to Rome to the rustic heartlands of Napoli, Calabria, Abruzzo and Sicily, the style of pizza in Italy changes as dramatically as the language and the landscape, bringing a […]

Where to eat and drink on the Sunshine Coast

Sunset at Wasabi, Noosa. Photo: Lachie Millard Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a big, lush region laced with roads that skip between mountains, mangroves, rainforest and the coast. Noosa is the holiday hotspot for restaurants, boutique shopping and the north-facing Main Beach, but you’ll also want to explore the rest of the region – from Maleny […]

‘Deconstructed coffee’: It’s for snobs, not hipsters, says Melbourne cafe behind beaker brew

Flat what? The ‘deconstructed’ coffee in question. Photo: Facebook Melbourne hipster coffee has social media steaming Cafe review: The Kitchen at Weylandts The manager of a Melbourne cafe at the centre of a social media storm in a coffee cup says its controversial “deconstructed” brew was aimed at the city’s notorious coffee snobs, not hipsters. […]

Tasmania’s gourmet economy

A cheese platter at Grandvewe Cheese in Birch’s Bay, Tasmania. Photo: Adam Liaw Tasmania’s on a streak. Recently it’s been hard to keep up with the number of headlines drawing our attention to some new giant-killer emerging from the Apple Isle’s gourmet scene. A century ago news of the happenings in Tasmania might have taken […]

10 of Australia’s best restaurants with views

The Stokehouse in St Kilda. Photo: Supplied From kangaroos to beachside views, here are some of the best tables, and tableaux, around Australia. Arc Dining, Brisbane, QLD Brisbane-born young gun Alanna Sapwell moved back to the Sunshine State from Sydney’s Saint Peter in 2019 to take on this light, airy riverside pavilion and adjacent wine bar, […]

Chef Elena Arzak on the best of Basque

The port of San Sebastian. Photo: Getty Images From the first hunk of bread in the morning to the last sip of wine at night, a day in the Basque Country is an opportunity to feast on the region’s natural bounty prepared by its passionate cooks. One of the Basques’ most famous chefs, Elena Arzak, provides […]

Holiday-house cooking hacks

Chef Matt Wilkinson loves cooking under the stars. Photo: Wayne Taylor Whether you’re a keen camper, die-hard road tripper or staycation aficionado, here’s how to ensure maximum taste with minimum effort.  On the road Jonai Farms’ Tammi and Stuart Jonas, who raise rare-breed pigs and a small herd of cattle at their Egaston property just outside Daylesford, in central Victoria, […]

Places to eat in the Clare Valley, South Australia

Winery in Watervale, Clare Valley. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission 1. Auburn Tasting notes: A colourful strip of stone-fronted cottages offering food, art and antiques, the village of Auburn is the start of the popular Riesling Trail, a walking and bike path that extends 36 scenic kilometres north to Clare. Wine me: Mount Horrocks Wines […]

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