5 Australian Meals You’ll Never Forget

5 Australian Meals You’ll Never Forget

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We’ve scoured five Australian states to bring you five of the best high-end meals our country has to offer – and best of all, we’re offering you the chance to win vouchers to dine at each one!

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NSW: Bennelong, Sydney

Sydney’s most famous landmark is home to a restaurant that more than lives up to its lofty setting. Left in the capable hands of chef Peter Gilmore and the Fink Group – the same team that brought you three-hatted Quay, just across the water – Bennelong is quintessentially Australian and unabashedly opulent. Enjoy a three-course a la carte meal while admiring the stunning curves of Jorn Utzon’s masterpiece, or ask to be seated on the central and upper tiers to try the “Cured & Cultured” menu, with wonderfully presented oysters, cured meats, crustaceans and veggie salads.

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Victoria: Zio’s, Melbourne

Upon walking into Zio’s and being greeted with a smile by owner Yacob, you know you’re in a place that cares about its customers. Set in a charming terrace house, the atmosphere is warm and cosy, elegant marble fireplaces transporting you back in time. The menu is European with the occasional Asian twist, succulent seafood entrees kicking you off in style before tucking into the markedly more substantial mains – the pork or beef rib eye are personal favourites. Leave room for dessert; you simply must try the chocolate soufflé, probably the best in Melbourne, if not Australia.

Western Australia: Leeuwin Estate Restaurant, Margaret River

Perth is growing as a culinary destination, but we thoroughly recommend driving out the Margaret River wine region, which been doing excellent dining for a very long time now. Leeuwin is one not to be missed; the seasonally inspired degustation menu lets you enjoy the freshest ingredients no matter what time of year you arrive, and of course, its location on the famous vineyard means there’s no shortage of fine wines with which to wash it down. The restaurant is open daily for lunch, but do bear in mind that dinner is only available on Saturday evenings.

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South Australia: Chloe’s Restaurant, Kent Town

Award-winning industry pair Nick Papazahariakis (owner and sommelier) and Johnny Triscari (head chef) bring you Chloe’s, a true institution in Adelaide’s fine-dining scene. Located just five minutes outside of Adelaide’s CBD in a meticulously restored 1876 Victorian villa, you can try the locally sourced eight-course menu – matched with wine, if you so choose; or dine a la carte. The Kangaroo Island marron with pan-fired potato terrine, crispy duck skin salad and jus gras entrée is a favourite of ours.

Queensland: Tukka Restaurant, Brisbane

The clue is in the name: Tukka restaurant has taken native Australian bush tucker and turned it into a renowned international dining experience. Spiced possum boudin, Emu Carpaccio, roasted baby beetroot and seared kangaroo fillet are just some of the options on the extensive menu, designed by owner/chef Bryant Wells, who has travelled two-thirds of Australia and brings that knowledge and passion for the land into each of his dishes.

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