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    Soul (NZ)

    In 1983 John Bertrand and a band of Aussie bandits came from behind, from an impossible position, and won the America’s Cup off Newport, Rhode Island. They won a trophy that had been welded into the trophy room of the New York Yacht Club for more than 130 years.
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    Funk Fish II

    It is an enigma. Either a brilliant architectural masterstroke or something put together by a drunken Leggo aficionado or some bloke who was mesmerised by his Meccano set as a kid.
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    Lucio's

    For more years than I probably want to remember I have been signing off my daily radio programme with the expression: “Thank your mother for the rabbits”.
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    Green Shed Bistro

    It was the bloody whitebait debate all over again. In the charming old town of Beechworth, Victoria, in the middle of Ned Kelly country, I felt I had got involved in a holdup.
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    Botanical II

    This is the Bot revisited. I reviewed the new Botanical for brunch in 2003 – which was great -- but this is, literally, a crackling good story.
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    Zanziba

    As I have mentioned in dispatches before, my family did not have a great deal of experience in restaurant dining as I grew up. In fact we had none.
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    Orbit

    How wrong can you be? Decades ago as a young restaurant reviewer – just back in Sydney from New York – I slagged a place called The Summit.
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    Bambini

    When I was a kid, all those eons ago, we would drive every Sunday in the Morris Minor to my grandparents’ house in Opunake, New Zealand.
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    Victoria Hotel

    In the main street of Woodend, in the magestic Mt. Macedon region of country Victoria, they have reconstructed and beautifully restored the famous old Victoria Hotel near the clock tower in that charming town at the base of the ranges.
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    Chi

    Nearly thirty years ago a culinary character was born. His name was The Hungry Hinch. He first appeared, reviewing restaurants, for The Sun newspaper in Sydney. His debut was made a bit easier because a bloke named Derryn Hinch was the new Editor of the paper.
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    Funk Fish

    Several decades ago, in the midst of some deluded fiscal madness, I opened a New York style restaurant in Melbourne and called it Sardi’s – as a tribute to the great and famous show biz restaurant on Broadway in New York.
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    Saucepan

    A current, almost daily, personal ritual in Queen’s Road, Melbourne, brings back memories of Sunday nights in thousands of Aussie households in cities and towns across the country in the Fifties and Sixties.
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    Icebergs

    When I first arrived in Australia forty years ago the biggest buzz was to go to Bondi Beach. I had never seen such a stretch of sand.
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    The Chef's Hat

    The Sir Hinchalot tastebuds must be doing something right. In recent months I have pulled on the nosebag at several new restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney.
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    Mario's

    Before I talk about Mario’s I have to talk about a cook named Graham Kerr. A circuitous route but it will become apparent.
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    Doyles

    It was really the fault of Marlene Dietrich. The sultry German bi-sexual actress and singer was visiting Sydney in the early 1960s and there wasn’t (legally) much going on in the late-night food and drink department.
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    The Botanical

    You know a place has made it when it is talked about with a single word or abbreviation and all the trendies and foodies know exactly what you are talking about.
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    RBar

    Haven’t talked about breakfast much lately. Should have. Breakfast, brunch, weekend lunch, is often the only meal that some folk spend out. Especially on Sundays.
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    Bourbon

    Critic’s Note: It is unusual for a food and drink critic to put a Postscript at the top of a review but since this Bourbon article was first written several things have happened.
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    Vic Av

    This review will have dollops of Melbourne memories because twenty years ago I lived in Albert Park. Not far from the famous VicAv trendy noshery on Victoria Avenue.
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