Tag Archives: Degustation

ST HUGO, Barossa


One of my new favourite places – St Hugo at Rowland Flat in the Barossa. Only one year old, it’s fine dining, it’s degustation, it’s excellence in wine and food matching or ‘wine centric cuisine’ as they call it – and all in a stunningly renovated 1850’s ironstone building, four years in the making.

It’s a classy place, tastefully combining brass, copper Read more


Cuttlefish, fennel and black garlic


Restaurant Amusé opened in 2007 and it’s remained on the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 list for some years now so it was time I finally went.  As you pull up outside, you wonder if you’re in the right place.  It looks like a suburban house, and it’s only when you look closer that you see the ‘Restaurant Amusé’ wording to the left of the front door.  And yes, it is ‘homey’ – owners Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy used to actually live on the premises and they wanted a restaurant where people felt like they were a guest Read more


The amazing duck dish - shredded duck leg confit, hazelnuts and radiccio leaves dressed with apple balsamic vinegar and dusted with freeze-dried raspberry


As you’re walking up the stairs to an unmarked door, you start to wonder if you’re in the right place. With its lack of door signage and flaking paint, it’s not the usual entrance to a restaurant that’s made the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 list.  Walking in, you find yourself in a sparse, industrial space featuring grey, grey and more grey.  There’s an impressive feature Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: ESQUIRE, Brisbane

Air dried kimchi


I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Esquire. I knew little about it, apart from the fact it’s number 17 on the Top 100 list, so here we were, booked in for the 8 course degustation. On arrival we were told there are actually 15 courses all up including a number of ‘snacks’ which are all the rage right now.

It’s a nice contemporary space with concrete floors, a good amount of space between tables and a view of Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: BRAE, Birregurra VIC

The amazing Iced Oyster with beef tendon!


Once again, a regional restaurant that is worth driving to the middle of nowhere for.  You’ll find Brae at Birregurra, about an hour drive north west of Geelong in Victoria. Set on 30 acres, with its own organic produce garden, you drive up past the original old brick house to the restaurant structure that was built around 30 years ago.  I think Dan Hunter’s food is even better now than Read more