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TOP 100 QUEST: 2015 Highlights and The Year Ahead


Given that the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2016 Top 100 list was released last week, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on my Top 100 Quest for 2015.  And what a year it was – a year of travelling and dining that culminated in my story being published in the current (September) edition of the Gourmet Traveller magazine, and an invitation to the Gourmet Traveller National Restaurant Awards night where 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

TOP 100 QUEST: LAKE HOUSE, Daylesford


Some months ago, a friend and I embarked on a Top 100 tour of regional Victoria.  After going to four fantastic restaurants in a row and having some of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, I was wondering how good Lake House could possibly be – it was the last destination of the trip, and maybe I’d had too much good food within too short a time (is there such a problem?).  I thought Read more


Clams with fermented corn and smoked butter from Pei Modern, Sydney

I’ve been to Mark Best’s Marque in Surry Hills and Pei Modern in Melbourne and had great experiences, so it was a no brainer to book myself into his latest restaurant in Sydney. You’ll find it across the foyer of the Four Seasons Hotel, a very cool and modern fit out.  It’s a large space and I like the use of black paint.  It was lunch time and there was a good vibe about the place. The service 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

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