When you’re hot, you’re hot. And when you’re not, you’re definitely not

Readers of the Wandering Palate may have noticed that I rarely write negative reviews on restaurants, with a self-compliance adopting the old adage “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. ” Furthermore, I find it best to refrain from criticizing the work of other journalists or publications out of respect for both their opinion and avoiding conflicts of interest. Read More >

The Sommelier’s Palate – Karim Boulet

(pronounced suh-mal-‘yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

The Millbrook Inn – South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon, England – Best Pub Experience

July 1st, 2013: Having just stayed for two nights in Chillington, Devon, England at a charming and wonderfully eclectic lodging called the White House, I simply have to share with you (as a prelude to an article covering a 2 week trip ‘wandering’ in England) a dinner we had just down the road at the Millbrook Inn, South Pool, Kingsbridge, Devon; one of the most pleasant pub meals I have ever had. Read More >

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Makin Bacon – Kevin Gillespie visits Benton’s Smoky Mountain Hams in Tennessee

As regular readers know, the Wandering Palate is rather partial to pig and one of the best places on earth to get pig parts or more precisely, fantastic bacon, is Madisonville, Tennessee in the good old US of A. Read More >

Rātā – Back to the Roots

In the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island, is a restaurant using unparalleled fresh produce and serving up what is arguably some of the best value, wholesome, seasonal cuisine on this planet. So how does a chef rated amongst the best in the world and has worked in the very best Michelin-starred restaurants in London and New York, a chef named ‘New York’s Rising Star Chef’, end up in Queenstown, New Zealand! Read More >

The Avoca Hotel – a grand old gold rush hotel in central Victoria, serving fine food and local wines

As you travel about country Victoria, in every small town the best buildings are the Banks, the Churches, and of course the Hotels. The Banks are closing their small branches and leaving town, and the Churches are facing dwindling congregations. But there’s a resurgence among country hotels.
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The Sommelier’s Palate – Benjamin Skipper, Melbourne, Australia

(pronounced suh-mal-‘yAy)

In Medieval Provençal times they were saumaliers, animal pack drivers who evolved during Middle French kingdom to become court officials charged with transportation of supplies. So what does a modern day Sommelier actually do? Well, Wikipedia outlines as such, “A sommelier or wine steward is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food matching. The most important work of a sommelier is in the areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine consumers.” Read More >

“A great, fully fleshed list ordered under user-friendly headings” – Age Epicure on Man Tong Kitchen Wine List

The Age Epicure, February 19th –  “eat out” by Larissa Dubecki

Review of Man Tong Kitchen, Crowne Casino, Melbourne and praise for the Wandering Palates wine list program

“A great, fully fleshed list ordered under user-friendly headings”

“An informed wine list is another example of the forward-thinking operation”

To see the wine list in full click here

To read the full article, follow the link http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

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The Wandering Palate Best Asian Restaurant of the Year – Dandelion – Viet Inspired Australian Freestyle

Chef Geoff Lindsay is the archetypical Australian Freestyle champion. That is in the culinary sense; the Michael Klim of the kitchen who’s successes and comebacks has tantalized Melbournian palates with his uninhibited flair dazzling the Australian restaurant scene for decades, as much as he has inspired countless chefs and restaurateurs in culinary recalcitrance and creative genius that I personally believe is a cuisine unique to Australia. Read More >

The Wandering Palate Best New Restaurant of the Year – Brooks, Melbourne

In all my travels throughout 2012 and that includes both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, there is one new restaurant that stood out, a restaurant that would be as much at home in New York or London as it is in Melbourne’s Collins Street, and it is my ‘Best New Restaurant of the Year’, Brooks www.brooksofmelbourne.com Read More >