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A city-by-city guide to Australia’s best restaurants

On a trip to one of Australia’s sophisticated cities, sample urban culinary delights before exploring the gastronomy and wide open spaces of the surrounding region

MMostly dotted along the country’s coastline, Australia’s capital cities are gateways to discovering the country’s breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary wildlife. But before disappearing, stick around to discover their gastronomic offers.

1 premium products in Perth

Housed in the new Ritz-Carlton Perth, Hearth is turning heads with its homage to Western Australian produce. Chef Danny Feng’s menu takes diners on a journey across the state, using traditional cooking techniques along the way. High teas are quite special too.

With a location overlooking Elizabeth Quay, there’s no better place to sip crisp Deep South region sparkling wine while swooning over Shark Bay prawn and avocado brioche rolls and lamingtons. with plums and coconut from Davidson.

For another thoughtful take on ingredients, check out Coggee Common, south of the CBD. Installed in a restored farmhouse, the team passionate about zero-waste offers dishes according to the seasons, from its own vegetable garden. Even the cocktails use local plants.

2 local flavors in Canberra

With a new wave of boutique hotels and first-class restaurants, everyone is talking about the oft-overlooked capital of Canberra.

The stylish Corella Restaurant and Bar is a shiny newcomer that is turning heads. With a menu and wine list celebrating local produce, expect the best of modern Australian flavors (asparagus, kangaroo nduja, lemon ricotta or Murray cod, beurre blanc, avruga, lime, mussels) in an intimate space.

Local flavors: Lobster is a staple at elegant Corella

For something a little more key, opt for first-class tacos and margaritas at Loquita, a mezcal bar and restaurant with a canteen-inspired vibe.

3 Food and drink in Adelaide

For a city surrounded by wine regions and farmland, it’s no surprise that Adelaide is full of quality bars and restaurants.

New to the scene is Daughter in Law, a popular “inauthentic Australian Indian” bar and restaurant. Chef Jessi Singh’s latest outpost on restaurant-lined Rundle Street follows locations in Melbourne and Byron Bay.

If you prefer to nibble and sip, head to the ultra-glamorous new Westward Bar in SkyCity. Here you can savor South Australian sparkling wines or choose a small batch gin from an impressive crop of local distilleries. Its river views, live music, and charcuterie boards only add to the appeal.

4 hot new arrivals from Hobart

There are many reasons to travel to Hobart and its ever-changing food scene is one of them. Aura is the city’s premier rooftop high-rise venue – and what a view it has. Admire Mount Wellington and the ocean from floor-to-ceiling windows while munching on creative finger foods and sipping Tasmanian wines. Or linger over the tasting menu.

Signature dish: try the angasi oysters at the Bourse

The stock market is a shiny newcomer to the bustling beachfront neighborhood of Salamanca Place. Good times and good wine (or coffee) await at this New York-style, industrial space that serves Tasmanian produce such as rock lobster, blacklip abalone and angasi oysters.

5 tropical delights in Darwin

With cross-cultural influences and abundant tropical produce, the Northern Territory’s capital, Darwin, has a heady foodie scene. Phat Mango, downtown, celebrates its indigenous ingredients. Here, you can expect to try paperbark-smoked barramundi, roo osso bucco, and acacia-seed semifreddo on its eclectic and ever-changing menu.

The atmosphere is just as lively. It’s not just cold beers in the Top End. As the territory’s first gin bar, Charlie’s of Darwin is a sophisticated space for creative cocktails, whether in its speakeasy-style lounge or on the breezy terrace overlooking Raintree Park.

Be sure to try their very own distilled Darwin Gin, infused with flavors and botanicals inspired by the land, like Kakadu plum.

Not to be missed: Darwin is an enticing destination for foodies looking for fresh flavors

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6 Food for thought in Melbourne

Where to start with a creative, food-focused Melbourne? A host of hot new places to eat, drink and stay have opened up in recent years.

The retro-styled Ovolo South Yarra is one of them. Located in a trendy downtown suburb, its interiors are a tribute to the disco era: settle into a Rockstar Suite for the full glamorous experience. Its restaurant, Lona Misa, serves Latin American-inspired vegan cuisine.

Victoria Location: Sample Farm-to-Fork Food at Farmer’s Daughter

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For a farm-to-fork culinary journey through Victoria’s alluring Gippsland region, head to Farmer’s Daughters, a new three-level venue in the 80 Collins Street neighborhood.

And for modern Aussie cuisine in a sophisticated space, Society, also in the stylish restaurant district, is the place to be. Meanwhile, the Big Esso all-day bar and kitchen by Mabu Mabu on Federation Square brings Indigenous food and culture to the table.

The central town square is also where you will find a stimulating FutureFoodSystem. This self-contained, zero-waste and productive home by “eco-innovator” Joost Bakker aims to show the potential of our homes to provide shelter, produce food and generate energy. Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett will reside there until mid-2022, hosting dinners and tours.

After all the urban buzz, escape to the coast at the stylish new Five Acres hideaway on Phillip Island, just 90 minutes’ drive away. The four Deluxe Coastal Cabins are in a working micro-farm with stunning views of Western Port Bay.

Remarkable food scene: Melbourne should be on every city to dine list

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7 sophisticated spaces in Brisbane

Brisbane’s riverside city may be laid-back, but it takes its food very seriously. Stylish newcomer Bianca puts an Aussie twist on the traditional trattoria. Elegant service sets the stage for its menu of Italian classics showcasing Queensland produce.

There are delicious antipasti (marinated mussels with whipped bottarga, trevally carpaccio), homemade pasta dishes (gnocchetti sardi with crab, pumpkin cappellacci) and hearty dishes (Wagyu bistecca alla Fiorentina, porchetta). Don’t leave without a swirl of soft ice cream.

Another beautiful new space in the Fortitude Valley entertainment center is Essa. Its adventurous yet accessible “harvest-driven” menu emphasizes raw, pickled, smoked and wood-fired ingredients. You can watch head chef Phil Marchant and his team at work by the huge grill as you settle in.

8 high-end restaurants in and around Sydney

Sydney’s newest waterfront, Barangaroo, is the location of the highly anticipated luxury Crown Sydney hotel. The 480-room skyscraper (the city’s tallest) has it all: incredible views, an outdoor infinity pool and lavish spa — plus some of the hottest culinary spots in town. Sydney, including Clare Smyth’s Nobu and Oncore at Crown Sydney. There is also the modern Australian woodcut and the Italian a’Mare.

Hot ticket: book ahead to avoid disappointment for a table at Oncore by Clare Smyth at Crown Sydney

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Another highly anticipated opening comes from celebrity chef Kylie Kwong. Lucky Kwong, a casual Australian-Cantonese restaurant, is located in the new restaurant district of South Eveleigh, just outside the CBD.

Don’t miss a cocktail at Re while you’re there. The zero waste bar promises unusual cocktails and creative bites. Crocodile spicy popcorn anyone?

Newcastle, a cool coastal town two hours north of Sydney, is also gaining a reputation for its foodie scene. His stylish new five-star Crystalbrook Kingsley hotel is the place to stay. With a focus on sustainable luxury, the 130-room hotel has rejuvenated the city’s famous Brutalist-style Roundhouse building.

Its rooftop restaurant offers dishes made with 80% produce grown within a three-hour radius, Hunter Valley wines and stunning coastal views.

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