Adelaide

Adelaide – 2006 The comforting news for anyone whose partner is soon to set off to watch England play Australia in the Second Test at the Adelaide Oval in Australia in early December is that at least their eating out expenses should not be too high. Adelaide is a compact, friendly city, with North Terrace conveniently lining up the Hyatt Hotel, the State Parliament, the Museum and Art Gallery, the Convention Centre as well as the casino in close proximity. And while it is home to a number of fine…






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…