Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

After the Olympics, Time to Go for the Grub

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

After the Olympics, Time to Go for the Grub

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Most folks went here for the Olympics. I went to eat. And for the thousands who poured from the stadiums and stayed on for a holiday, it's food they have on their minds now, not medals.

Australian cuisine can be baffling - simple and unadorned at one restaurant; unexpectedly sophisticated at the next - much like the Aussies themselves. When traveling to this cosmopolitan city, prepare for a singular experience on the plate - and in the heart and belly.

Remember that Australia is the cradle of fusion cuisine, emanating from the Regency Culinary College in Adelaide. Alumni who have made their mark as globally renowned chefs include Graham Kerr, Jeremiah Tower, Andrew Fielke, and Cheong Lieu. For those lingering on after the Games, it's time to regear those palates for some truly eclectic eating.

Unusual shellfish like Balmain "bugs" (local slipper lobsters), 15 kinds of oysters, and wonderful cheeses and apples from Tasmania are readily available. Exotic fruits and nuts from Queensland's orchards, prime vegetables, Devonshire-like cream from the rolling tablelands, plus ocean and freshwater fish from the perimeter of the continent, make for a dazzling bounty .

Here are some of the restaurants in Sydney that will give you an idea of the fascinating diversity of the Australian dining experience. Warning: Dining in Australia is expensive, partly due to the custom of only one "turn" per table per night. This means that whether you arrive at 6:30 or 9 p.m., the table is yours for the entire evening.

Merrony's, Circular Quay. Tel: 9247-9323

I first met Paul Merrony in 1991 at the Ritz Carlton Cultural Festival in Boston. Along with another culinary wunderkind, Neill Perry, Mr. Merrony was introducing the skeptical Beantown to the new marvels of what he calls in his recently published book, "The New French CoOking" [sic] in Australia. …

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