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OF A NATION
Following the sellout Melbourne
edition, the new Australian Veg
Food Guide ($17.95, Aduki
Independent Press), edited by
food blogger Lisa Dempster,
reveals where to find vegetarian
and vegan food nationwide.
Among the WA inclusions are:
FREMANTLE Bengal Indian
restaurant 18 Phillimore Street,
(08) 9335 2400; Juicy Beetroot Cafe
Tum Tum Tree Lane, 132 High
Street, (08) 9433 4488; (Curiously,
burger joint Flipside, 239 Queen
Victoria Street, (08) 9433 2188, as
well. Those vegan chickpea
burgers must really be something).
SWANBOURNE The Naked
Fig Cafe 278 Marine Parade,
(08) 9384 1222).
TUART HILL One World Cuisine
249 North Beach Drive, Tuart Hill
Shopping Village, (08) 9207 1668.
NORTHBRIDGE Sri Melaka
Vegetarian Nyonya 220 James
Street, (08) 9228 2882; Utopia
shop 14/109, James Street,
(08) 9227 8588.
IS THE PHILOSOPHY
INSPIRING LOCAL CHEFS
Not even butcher and providore
par excellence Vince Garrefa
carries muskox and beaver,
but don’t let that stop you adding Noma: Time and Place in Nordic
Cuisine to the bookshelf (and dining wish list for 2011).
As much a culinary breakthrough as it is a philosophical
one, this striking tome documents the events and food
that earned Rene Redzepi and his Copenhag en restaurant
the number one spot at this year’s San Pellegrino World’s
50 Best Restaurants awards.
Driving this success has been a fierce commitment to
creating a sense of regional identity – wine drinkers might be
familiar with the concept of ‘terroir’ – in Noma’s food the
stars are locally sourced and wild-g athered ingredients.
“What we’re doing isn’t the absolute truth on what Nordic
food should be, but I believe that with all these different ways
of thinking, we’ll ultimately end up with a very strong and
diverse cuisine,” says Redzepi.
Locally, many chefs have been returning to nature and their
own environs for culinary inspiration. A farm in Toodyay
growing pesticide-free heirloom and baby veg etables is the r ural
yin to restaurant and cocktail bar 1907’s (26 Queen Street, Perth,
(08) 9436 0233) slick inner-city yang.
Meanwhile, Kiren Mainwaring’s chance encounter with
a hobby farmer in Muchea producing biodynamic meat
and vegetables means the food at Dear Friends (100 Benara
Road, Caversham, (08) 9279 2815) is now as local as its Swan
Valley-centric wine list, while thrifty, yet creative use of produce
has long been a calling card of Restaurant Amuse (64 Bronte
Street, East Perth, (08) 9325 4900): whole scallops that yield
a dried roe powder, meat – pan-fried with jamon, say – and a
‘tripe pasta’ of slow-braised skirt.
Noma: Time & Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi
($69.95, Phaidon Press) is available at bookstores now.
Blue agave juice is the trend for
cocktails (or shots!) this summer.
So, all you muchachos and
muchachas, head here...
Mojo’s 90 Victoria Street,
Bunbury, (08) 9792 5900.
Greenhouse 100 St Georges
Terrace, Perth, (08) 9481 8333.
Santa Fe, 315 Hay Street,
Subiaco, (08) 9381 2571.
Turn over for another drink tip.
THINK NOMA, ACT LOCAL
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