Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gourmet Traveller's Hot 100

Whether you can eat it, cook it, drink it, smoke it, fly it, drive it, sail it, shake, rattle, rock and roll it or just simply luxuriate in it, Gourmet Traveller have got 2010’s most compelling food and travel trends nailed. The GT team have combed the globe, polishing plates, swirling glasses and leaving no hot-stone treatment unturned to bring you this sizzling list.

Here are the Gourmet Traveller's top 5...

Tiny burgers
1 Hold me down now, tiny burgers
Now this is our kind of American cultural imperialism: tiny scale-model burgers, known as sliders in the US. They’ve established a Sydney beachhead at the bars at Rockpool Bar & Grill and Etch. Rockpool Bar & Grill, 66 Hunter St, Sydney, NSW, (02) 8078 1900; Etch, 62 Bridge St, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9247 4777

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2 Most exciting advance in air travel
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s Superman! No, it’s a plane! In this post-9/11-SARS-GFC-world, nothing has done more to revive the fortunes of international air travel than the arrival of the A380. Not since the Concorde has a jet created such excited expectation, fuelled by accounts of double-decker decadence including first-class suites with two-metre-long beds, private lounges, shower spas (on Emirates) and an electronic art gallery (on Air France). With 50 per cent more space than a Jumbo, better fuel efficiency and the ability to fly from New York to Hong Kong in a single bound, you realise this isn’t just a plane, it’s the Superjumbo of the skies.

Patrons enjoy the waterfront experience at Manly Pavilion.

3 The north shore strikes back
After more than a decade of digs from their dining compatriots south of the harbour, residents of Sydney’s north shore and northern beaches are on the cusp of enjoying a northside restaurant revolution. New restaurants from the teams at China Doll and Glebe Point Diner (in Manly and Neutral Bay, respectively), in addition to Manly’s El Toro Loco and Manly Pavilion (photo above, Quentin Jones), plus Ad Lib Bistro in Pymble and Cavallino in Terrey Hills (from local heroes at the reborn Berowra Waters Inn and Pilu at Freshwater, respectively) are just the tip of the iceberg.


4 Clean, green island dream
Sonu and Eva Shivdasani of Six Senses resort, Soneva Fushi, believe that climate change begins at home – they live in the Maldives, after all – so they’re determined to preserve the surrounding landscape. Their benchmark resort is already carbon-neutral thanks to a range of measures that includes carbon offsetting, bottling water supplies and composting organic waste. Reducing reliance on fossil fuels is “more about effort than actual money”, Sonu Shivdasani says, adding that when people travel to experience new surroundings, hotel operators have no choice but to protect their environments. Six Senses also cares about the livelihoods of its neighbours, investing half a per cent of its revenue into community projects. Rooms from $692.

5 Most anticipated (and elevated) opening
It’s the perfect way to celebrate a 10th anniversary. Vue de Monde’s move to the 55th floor of the Rialto building in Melbourne’s CBD comes a decade after Shannon Bennett opened his first restaurant in Carlton. And just as his Little Collins Street version of Vue was a sleeker, more ambitious animal than the original, the new Vue is also tweaking its outlook. The design, by architects Elenberg Fraser, will feature Australian and sustainable materials, including lashings of reclaimed timber. The menu, too, will be “more iconically Australian” and include locally sourced truffles, heirloom vegetables and kangaroo charcuterie. A spacious dining room seating about 50 people, a small number of chef’s tables overlooking the kitchen, function rooms for up to 130 people, a dedicated elevator and, of course, the view make the reopening of Vue de Monde – perhaps as early as October – this year’s one to watch.

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