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Gourmet Traveller May 2019

Each issue is packed with great dish ideas, hot restaurants and bars, entertaining tips, the best hotels and lavish spreads on some of the world’s most intoxicating travel destinations - everything you should expect from the Australia's premier food and travel magazine.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Italian cuisine is a great traveller. On menus from Taipei to Tehran it’s greeted like an old friend, though the burghers of Bologna might not recognise Chinese Bolognese pizza, nor might the Romans embrace carbonara alla Tokyo. Some of the most exciting openings in Australia this past year have been Italian – with varying degrees of “ish” – and it’s a measure of the remarkable diversity within cucina Italiana, its shape-shifting versatility and irresistible appeal, that we can hanker after Indian-spiced trippa alla Romana (Alberto’s Lounge, Sydney) and bug-tail carpaccio spiked with yuzu and seaweed dust (Fico, Hobart). In our Italian issue, we catch this new wave of Australian-Italian and chart the “respectful reinvention” underway. We also return to il bel paese, back to its glorious traditions and the source of all…

1 min.
where we’ve been

Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia; Helen Anderson, travel editor Design guru Bill Bensley channels Indiana Jones and Jackie O at his new jungle camp, Shinta Mani Wild, in south-west Cambodia. Great fun, and a pioneering wilderness conservation project. @handersonglobal Hobart, Tasmania; Lisa Featherby, food director I squeezed time around a photo shoot in Tasmania to spend time in Hobart visiting markets, dining out and checking in at the fabulous Macq01. @lisafeatherby Coffin Bay, South Australia; Harriet Davidson, editorial coordinator It doesn’t get much more farm-to-table than oysters plucked straight from crystal-clear water, shucked, and finished with a squeeze of lemon. @harriet.olive…

2 min.

ANTHONY MUSARRA restaurant manager, chef Northerly aspect, p86 Anthony Musarra is bringing to life the Valmorbida family’s vision of a new-age Italian providore. The historic corner store King & Godfree in Carlton, Melbourne’s Italian heartland, now has a rooftop bar, a deli and Agostino, a wine bar and cellar with a focus on food from northern Italy. In this issue, he shares the restaurant’s recipes, designed to be shared. “Agostino is about simple food using good produce without too much embellishing,” he says. LUKE BURGESS photographer, chef Sicily meets Africa, p132 “The rugged island of Pantelleria, off the south-west coast of Sicily, was the perfect spot to indulge my twin passions: food and photography,” says Luke Burgess. “I spent long days chasing the light and talking to amiable locals about the way they cook.” The…

1 min.
what we’re eating

MUSHROOM, CHESTNUT AND RICOTTA RAVIOLI, Bennelong A dish of three small ravioli with a brown butter emulsion brings together in-season chestnuts and mushrooms, backing them up with the creaminess of ricotta, the crunch of smoked hazelnuts, the sweetness of raisins and the complexity of black garlic. Shavings of salted ricotta top it off. Bennelong, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW. HARRIET DAVIDSON, EDITORIAL COORDINATOR GOOSE PROSCIUTTO, PERSIMMON, MACADAMIA AND FIG LEAF, Arc Dining Deft pleats of persimmon draped with slivers of goose prosciutto – a neat update on the Italian classic with melon. Things get interesting with the addition of a subtly tart Maleny milk curd cheese enriched with macadamia and a pool of fig leaf oil which ties it all together. Arc Dining, 5 Boundary St, Brisbane, Qld. FIONA DONNELLY, QUEENSLAND…

2 min.
life of leo

It took a 15th-century genius to broker a rapprochement between Italy and France earlier this year, after escalating political tensions between the two nations threatened to scotch plans for a landmark Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre. Both nations have claims on the Renaissance polymath. Da Vinci was born in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci in 1452 and died near Amboise in central France on 2 May, 1519 – a date that looms large this year as dozens of exhibitions around the world are staged to mark the 500th anniversary of the master’s death. Amid accusations from both sides of meddling in domestic affairs, Italian authorities appeared to backtrack on an agreement to loan key artworks to the Louvre, which holds the crowd-pleasing Mona Lisa and almost a third of…

2 min.
notes from the underground

During its 45-year run, The Basement hosted many notable acts, among them Prince, Martha Wainwright, Christine Anu and Dizzy Gillespie. The stories are legion, and Jake Smyth has a few of his own. The co-owner of Mary’s recalls “sitting on the steps with my little brother Steve and waiting for the staff to take pity on us and let us into a sold-out Rufus Wainwright show”. The sad-eye ploy worked; they made it into the gig. “He played solo for nearly three hours,” Smyth recalls. “I think he pashed a pal of mine at some point, too.” The Sydney venue closed last year, but expect more highlights now that Smyth and his Mary’s partner Kenny Graham have revived the joint as Mary’s Underground, due to open this month. As they did with the…