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The best 50 restaurants in the world

Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, a Catalan family restaurant through and through, has been named the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant 2013, knocking René Redzepi and his team from Noma in Denmark from the coveted top spot which they had held for three years in a row.

Australian highlightsAttica, Melbourne, wins Best Restaurant in Australasia and takes home the ‘Highest New Entry’ award, making its debut on the list at no.21Peter Gilmore’s Quay, Sydney, ranks no.48 on the listDavid Thompson climbs 18 places to no. 32 on the list with Nahm in BangkokBrett Graham at The Ledbury in London moves up one place to no. 13

After seven years waiting in the wings, the Roca brothers (pictured top) have claimed the coveted number one spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona has long been hailed as one of Spain’s most exciting places to eat and having spent two years at no.2 on the list, it has swapped places wi…

Just the best food and wine Top Cuts for Brisbane and beyond

This week in Top Cuts

New chef for CBD gastro barTasting paradise in Port Douglas with Ed+bKRoss Street food blissDom gets Fresh on Sundays with Ed+bK New Surfers Paradise bar, new Woolloongabba restaurantWine dinner in Noosa,Taste Queensland at Stokehouse
New chef for CBD gastobar
With Ben Veldhuijzen (ex Urbane & The Euro) as new head chef, The Villager in George Street, has morphed from a hotel into a gastrobar and supper club. Their new winter menu includes tarted up comfort food with an edge such as crisp pork belly and pumpkin two ways and a trio of lamb cutlets followed by a chocolate stout cake or ice cream sandwich (pictured above) for dessert.

Tasting paradise
A Taste of Paradise is Port Douglas Carnivale’s newest food event, to be held at the Sugar Wharf on Saturday, May 25.

The all-day event will showcase the region’s best produce with cooking demonstrations and free food, wine and beer tastings from many well-regarded suppliers including Munga…

Noosa Farmers Market - I went and I saw ..

Eves on the River, Teneriffe.

On a sunny Sunday autumn day in Brisbane there's no finer place to be than down by the river so that's where we went to celebrate a much loved mother's birthday.

Eves by the River has stood the test of time providing guests with more ten years of dining pleasure.  The rear terrace is enclosed from tough weather providing a large, relaxed dining space.  Inside it is a little more cosy.

Set back from the river by a wide grassy lawn studded with mature trees, palms and the odd sculpture, Eves is a family friendly destination for all ages.

The cuisine is modern Australian with menu choices and flavours that will suit most paletes, good service and well presented dishes.  I was impressed by the menu which not only clearly identifies vegetarian options but also dishes designed to be suitable for coeliacs.  There's also a glossary to explain some of the menu items.

This is food designed to suit a non-demanding palate. You'll find the chilli is sparse and the garlic proba…

Catch a mullet on the run after Anzac Day!

According to the old timers, Anzac Day and the first chilly southwester signal the start of the mullet run with delicious sea mullet working their way north for the winter months.

Southern Queensland ocean beach crews will be perched on headlands ‘spotting’ patches of these winter beauties.

I've always been partial to the stronger flavour of mullet. Mullet die-hards pan fry the fillets, roe and the melt. Roe is the sacs of eggs from the female mullet (like caviar etc) and is a highly prized item in Japan and equally on the local scene. It can be smoked or fried.

Melt, from the male fish, is white and smooth in texture. It’s usually a secondary choice to roe and is best crumbed and fried.

Mullet is an ideal partner for modern Mediterranean flavours. Rich in the good oils, mullet fillets are the perfect fish to load up in the kipper box and enjoy hot kippers on a wintery day.

Look out for the pink fleshed sea mullet fillets in your local fishmonger.

Kerry Heaney

Think you know something about cocktails?

"After ten years working in hospitality I thought I knew a thing or two about making and drinking cocktails - nope," says Alexander Stone.

Nursing a hangover, Ed+bK Bar reporter Alexander Stone compiled this report on the second round of the Diageo World Class Cocktail Championship at Mr and Mrs Gs Bar, Eagle Street last Monday, where the goal was to find Queensland and Western Australia’s best bartenders.

If a ticket to Ibiza for the world final isn’t enough to inspire you, how about $100,000 to start up your own bar?

That’s just a few steps away for bartenders contenders at the Diageo World Class Cocktail Championship competition.

World Class is, as the name would suggest,  a world-wide competition that sees bartenders pitting their cocktail and their skills against thousands of others. Last year’s winner,  Australian Tim Philips,  has spent his year as world champ being flown all over the world to show everyone else how it’s done.

I’m going to be making a concerted ef…

Restaurants open in Brisbane on Anzac Day

The weather has been so beautiful lately and with a public holiday on Thursday it's a great chance to enjoy good food, good wine and good friends.

Here's a list of restaurants open in Brisbane on Anzac Day, May 25, 2013

Please leave a comment below or email me if you have somewhere to add.

CBD All venues in Queen Street Mall strip including Pig and Whistle
The Villager, from 7am
Hotel Urban

Fortitude Valley/Teneriffe Alfred & Constance - all day and night
Bar Alto: Lunch from 11:30. The bar will be open from 1:00pm
Watt - 10am - 6pm no surcharge
Cactus Mexicana from 5pm
Cloudland from 11.30am

South Bank Cove Bar & Dining: Trading as usual
Ole: Trading as usual
Next Door: Trading as usual
The Point Bistro: Trading as usual
Ahmets:Trading as usual

Brisbane West Peasant: Dinner only, opening from 5:30pm
Cabiria: Dinner only, opening from 5:30pm
Sichuan Bang Bang - from 5pm
Hundred Acre Bar, Hillstone St Lucia - no surcharge

Brisbane North Baguette - lunch and …

Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita to open in Noosa

It's hard to think of a better fit than Peter Kuruvita opening a new restaurant in Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in late May.

Peter, whose love of seafood and the beach shines through in his wildly popular television SBS series, will open Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita in Hastings Street, transforming the old Cato's Restaurant and Bar which fronts The Sheraton Noosa.

With a wide street frontage shaded by giant trees and a terraced interior with plenty of bar space, this site is perfect for Peter's casual but stunning food.

Just in case you have missed his rise in popularity, Peter Kuruvita is a chef, restaurateur, television presenter, author, consultant, surfer, fisherman and most importantly, a family man. He has an irrefutable passion for food, which was nurtured as a child growing up in Sri Lanka and spending time in the kitchen with his grandmother. Fresh produce, creative modern dishes, sumptuous seafood and stunning locations are just a few of the thi…