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Gourmet Traveller February 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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in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

I married into the family of Harold Holt, the only Prime Minister Australia has ever lost and never found again. A few summers ago, hours after landing in Sydney from the US, I found myself caught in a rip at Bondi Beach with Harold’s niece and my mother-in-law, Sue. I’m not a strong swimmer and was heavily pregnant at the time, and we both instinctively did the exact opposite of what we knew to be best practice: we screamed, we flailed, we desperately tried to swim to shore. All-in-all exhausting ourselves with little results to show for our effort. As panic set in and we drifted further out to sea, the editor in me couldn’t help but ponder the headlines that might follow such a disappearance: “The Holt Curse”, perhaps? It was a…

1 min.
where we’ve been

Sarah Oakes, editor; Robertson, NSW Visiting my parents in the beautiful village of Robertson in the Southern Highlands. Known for its Big Potato, it also features a gorgeous country pub and a very pretty rainforest walk. @sarahaliceoakes Pru Engel, contributor; Natadola Bay, Fiji An indulgent, restful week by the beach, with every night spent sipping cocktails on the sand while taking in the kaleidoscope sunsets. @pruengel Matthew Hirsch, contributor; Seoul, South Korea A 24-hour layover in Seoul is the perfect excuse to relish the chaos of Namdaemun Market – the oldest and largest of its kind in South Korea. @il_vagabondo…

1 min.

KARA ROSENLUND photographer Best of Byron, p134 The skies cleared, the waves barrelled, everyone smiled. For three sun-kissed days, Byron Bay sparkled for Kara Rosenlund, who shot our feature on the region’s hottest places to eat, drink and stay. “There’s a feeling of sunny possibility here, which offers creatives the freedom and inspiration to try new things,” she says. “And then there’s the quintessential Australian summer backdrop. Life really is better in Byron.” JONATHAN BARTHELMESS chef Classical style, p96 One of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, with a knack for launching exciting and successful restaurants, Jonathan Barthelmess opened the doors to Greca in Brisbane late last year. A reimagined, contemporary interpretation of a Greek taverna, Greca, he says, offers “uncomplicated food, great wine and generosity in abundance” – a philosophy in keeping with all his venues…

1 min.
what we’re eating

CHEESE TOASTIE, Penny’s Cheese Shop Not all cheese toasties are created equal. This golden, grilled masterpiece from Sydney’s friendliest fromagerie is made with no less than eight (eight!) different cheeses, including raclette, Gruyère and cheddar. It comes with your choice of ham or a jalapeño pickle that has just the right amount of spice to temper the richness (top tip: don’t be shy, ask for both). Penny’s Cheese Shop, 4 Roslyn St, Potts Point, NSW, (02) 8591 4754. PRU ENGEL, CONTRIBUTOR FRIED SCARLET PRAWNS, St Isidore It’s not summer without a long (boozy) lunch at Milton’s finest, and their menu always involves a killer prawn dish. This time, the prawns are fried in the shell and drizzled with a vibrant chorizo romesco, all sitting on a slightly sweet pink fir potato mousseline. St…

1 min.
daydream with me

Imagine a tropical wonderland where baby stingrays live with colourful coral, starfish, crabs and sea cucumbers; where you really can be under the sea in the octopus’s garden; where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef; and where there’s a cocktail waiting for you when you’re done. On Daydream Island, all of this is possible. Australia’s most-loved resort understands that travelling with a purpose — other than ensuring your friends are getting a significant dose of Instagram-induced envy — is important. Which is why their new-look premium resort features three impressive new dining destinations, three new signature bars, more than 270 contemporary rooms and suites and the chance to visit the Living Reef and underwater observatory — an experience as moving as it is educational. Each of the…

2 min.
heart of malibu

Emma Crowther Goodwin and her husband Matthew were among thousands of residents forced to evacuate as bushfires jumped Highway 101 and raced down hillsides towards the Californian coast late last year. A week later the pair returned to The Surfrider, the boutique hotel they opened just a year before. “Malibu town was completely untouched, not even signs of ash,” says Crowther Goodwin, “so we felt a great sense of relief, but also responsibility to help the residential community north of us, where some people lost everything.” The couple and their business partner, Alessandro Zampedri, offered free lodgings for residents in need and staged a fundraiser barbecue for 400. “The perception of Malibu is about celebrities, but it’s much more than that,” says Crowther Goodwin. “Here was a small community, only 13,000 of…