The 4 Distinctly Australian Food Experiences Everyone Must Try


Dining experiences that showcase the flavours of Australia.

Nomadic dining

Picture yourself at a desert restaurant at night, its perimeters defined only by the sounds of nature and the Fervor team preparing dishes using local and indigenous ingredients such as bush banana, macadamia-nut milk and native lemon grass. Ex-Noma chef Paul Iskov is at the helm of these pop-up dinners held in remote Western Australian locations, including the Pinnacles Desert and rural towns such as Mukinbudin.

Counter culture

At the Cured & Cultured counter in Sydney’s Bennelong restaurant, executive chef Peter Gilmore serves local redclaw yabbies with tart lemon jam, cultured cream and buckwheat pikelets against that famous harbour backdrop.

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Sweet twist

What could be more Australian than a lamington? Said to be named after former Queensland governor Lord Lamington, the classic little cake is a welcome sight in Aussie cafés. At Bad Frankie in Melbourne’s Fitzroy, it’s been transformed into a jaffle – a coconut-dusted, chocolate-soaked sponge sandwich encasing hot jam – served with a pot of cream for dipping.

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Tails of the unexpected

Sydney chef Kylie Kwong puts multicultural Australia on a plate at her Potts Point eatery, Billy Kwong, creating dishes that blend her Chinese heritage with indigenous produce. The red-braised caramelised wallaby tail is rich, sticky and umami, complemented by crisp saltbush cakes on the side.

The Australian Food Experiences You Must Try

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Image: Penny Lane

Top image: Bennelong

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