If you are an avid viewer of MasterChef Australia, by now you know that Australia’s food scene is an electric mix of unique cuisines and cultures; right from the promise of fresh and rich produce, to native Indigenous ingredients, and renowned restaurants that push the boundaries of culinary creativity. Australia’s dining landscape in particular, is a mix of an open, inquisitive take on food, quality ingredients, and global food influences, while also staying true to its roots. So, for all the foodies who are looking to experience not your everyday tastes. Here are some foods you must try.
1.Wine and dine in Western Australia:-
Lovers of premium wines and top-rated dining must make a beeline for Western Australia, and more specifically, Margaret River and its surrounding regions Bunbury, Pemberton and Manjimup. You will find extraordinary local food – from cheese and olives, fresh seafood like oysters and freshwater crayfish, beautiful wine at local cellar doors and paddock-fresh produce from farmgate stalls and restaurants.
2.Tantalise your palette with Native Australian ingredients:-
Whether at a restaurant or on a guided tour, there are some great ways you can celebrate Australia’s native ingredients. Sampling traditional Indigenous food (or bush tucker, as it’s sometimes called) is a true Aussie bucket list food experience. Take a guided tour to gain insight into the traditional culture while learning about the history and uses of ingredients like quandong, Davidson’s plum, finger lime and lemon myrtle, or for a dining experience like no other, try Attica in Melbourne/ Narrm, where they focus on native ingredients like Warrigal greens, kangaroo, emu and crocodile.
3.Oyster shucking at Coffin Bay:-
There are so many incredible ways to experience and enjoy Australia’s local (and very fresh) seafood. Embark on an epicurean adventure at Coffin Bay in South Australia. Oyster Farm Tours will take you wading out into the water for a hands-on shucking lesson and taste of fresh Pacific and native Angasi oysters straight from the clear, rippling waters. Want to stay dry? Grab your mates and challenge yourselves with a one-kilogram (two-pound) plate of rich and salty Coffin Bay oysters at the Port Lincoln Hotel, where you can pair your platter with samples of local produce, wine, and beer.
4.Australia’s BBQ culture:-
Australia is synonymous with barbequing for a reason. Australians love to make the most of the outdoors, good food and good company. So, whether it’s at the beach, a local park or in a backyard, you can put anything on the BBQ (lamb, kangaroo, beef, or seafood), make a salad, invite some friends and you have one of the best Aussie food experiences ready to go. In fact, Australian BBQ culture has become ingrained in some of our top restaurants, like award-winning restaurant, Firedoor in Sydney/ Warranee where chef Lennox Hastie loves cooking seasonal produce on an open fire.
5.Darwin’s fusion-cuisine scene:-
With a mix of its northern neighbours in South-East Asia and a thriving local Indigenous culture, Darwin’s food and drink culture is all about interesting fusion cuisine, exciting exotic flavours and casual al fresco dining. Crazy Acres Mango Farm & Café is worth the 20-minute drive from Darwin; their mango smoothie bowls are famous. At Pee Wee’s at the Point, you can treat yourself to their famed coconut-crusted crocodile or dig into the house-cured crocodile jerky and crocodile boa buns at Snapper Rocks.
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