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IN THIS ISSUE: SWEET INSPIRATIONS 158 RESTAURANT REVIEWS 164
CHEF PROFILE: FRIENDS 170 FOOD AND WINE NEWS 176 FARMERS' MARKETS
184 HOT CROPS 186 YABBIES 190 PERFECT PORK 194 WINE TASTING 202
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As the state s wine regions come to life
with the sights, sounds and smells of
vintage, this season of change seems
like an apt time to reflect on the
state of dining in Western Australia.
While discussing his new restaurant guide (see
page 163), local culinary figurehead John Maiorana
made an observation about Australian diners mini-
infatuation with high-end eating.
While the Godfather s statement rings true in
many social circles, from where I m sitting, the
national trend seems to be toning down the formality
at mealtimes. Some of the most exciting restaurant
openings around the country in the past 12 months
aren t targeting the top end, but rather that level
below, the scene I like to dub "smart casual" starring
serious food served in a relaxed, unstuffy manner.
It s a trend that WA has not only kept up with, but
led the way in. Share-plate dining is no longer a trend
here but a way of life.
Diners are getting more and more food-savvy by
the mouthful and realise that enjoying world-class
food prepared using organic, regional produce no
longer has to involve crisp linen and a suit-wearing
maitre d -- though let s face it, few things say special
occasion better a nicely pressed white tablecloth (turn
to page 170 for Bron Sibree s profile on Friends chef
Perhaps the most telling sign of the state s matur-
ing food scene? The same people I d hit up for
Melbourne and Sydney dining recommendations are
now asking me for my picks for Perth.
Even better: the selection of happily-endorsable
eateries grows by the month and I get to tell friends
that the Alannah Hill frock and sterling silver
cufflinks are entirely optional. -- Max Veenhuyzen
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PICTURE Tim Lofthouse
As the summer heat recedes, turn your thoughts to the
wonderful offerings inside some of WA's great restaurants.
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