The evolution of the Australian restaurant scene

The evolution of the Australian restaurant scene – 2006 Five days assiduous and fascinating eating-out in some of Sydney’s newest restaurants – for articles that will subsequently appear here, in the Financial Times and in Condé Nast Traveller – left me pondering one of those phrases that are invariably complex and ultimately unsatisfactory. The phrase is ‘if only’ and in this particular case it was part of the following sentence: ‘if only Anders Ousback were still alive I think he would be very happy with the current state of Sydney’s…






Melbourne

Melbourne – 2012 I learnt six years ago on my first visit to Melbourne that its citizens are as obsessed with food, wine and coffee as those in Singapore, New York and San Sebastian, north-west Spain. On a recent trip I was stunned by the even greater concentration of cafes, bars and restaurants around the centre. When I mentioned this to a friend who lives there, she countered by saying, ‘I suppose so. But there are several good galleries in between.’ We both laughed. That first trip had also introduced…






Sydney

Sydney – 2012 I arrived in Sydney feeling ‘crook’, or sick in Australian. This led, most unexpectedly, to a ten-minute lecture on the state of this city’s restaurants as compared with those of Melbourne, its main rival, at 9.45 on a Monday morning from the doctor I had been sent to. Having noted my profession, he promptly set out the reasons why he preferred the restaurants of Melbourne to those of his home town. Only then did he turn to me. These firmly held opinions are, however, the key to…