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Lifestyle : Taste of Europe
1HERSA1 E016 Come to Xenos and enjoy the Mediterranean Cuisine, Friendly Service & Wonderful Atmosphere. In the heart of Crows Nest. Breakfast and Lunch 7 days, Dinner Tuesday -- Saturday. Upstairs Terrace opening soon! Ask about our Robert Oatley Spring Wine Promotion at Xenos 7 Burlington Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065 • (02) 9439 1748 • www.xenosrestaurant.com.au Available for functions and parties Serving Delicious food all day long! phone 02 9331 2343 fax 02 9360 4304 www.cafehernandez.com.au ABN 63 115 685 053 24 hour cafe Cafe Hernandez The Specialists in Coffee 60 Kings Cross Road Potts Point NSW 2011 Sydney Australia 1 Burton St, Darlinghurst fully licensed or BYO good for function/parties EUROPEAN SPA TOURS eva's Spoil Yourself this Xmas BUDAPEST -- PRAGUE -- VIENNA -- BRATISLAVA -- CESKY KRUMLOV ENJOY WHITE XMAS IN PRAGUE LAST 6 SEATS 21 Day Luxury Tour Fly Emirates Dep 23 Dec - Ret 12 Jan Xmas Dinner & Swan Lake at Prague Opera, New Year's Dinner in Budapest, Concert in Vienna, Evening Danube cruise, re-energise with 2 spa treatments, All sightseeing, 4 & 5 star hotels "The reason I am repeating Eva's Xmas Tour for the 5th time is because in each city we do something different! I love it!!" Margaret NSW ALL Inclusive Escorted Tour $9,995 pp twin share (includes air fare and taxes) A Tour beyond your expectations! Eva's European Tours Call Eva (02) 9327 4757 www.europeanspatours.com.au | Lic. No. 2TA5824 Ask a local where you'll find good Italian in Balmain and Fico Ristorante is sure to get a mention. This little gem, tucked away in a lovingly restored old residence in iconic Darling Street is a true slice of Italy. Starched white tablecloths cover the tables contrasting beautifully with the polished wooden floor boards; a succinct menu showcases a wonderful fusion of Italian influences. A carefully selected wine list is reasonably priced and compliments the overall Fico appeal. As one would expect, the service proves to be both friendly and efficient adding an air of perfection to the atmosphere and an enjoyable visit. 342 Darling Street, Balmain p: 9818 3868 e:firstname.lastname@example.org A true slice of Italy 16 Tuesday, August 31, 2010 smh.com.au good living taste of europe special report Dine the old-fashioned way As it should be . . . Graham Liney says food should be cooked simply and enjoyed with good company. Photo: Sahlan Hayes Following long-held European traditions can lead to delicious ends, writes Carli Ratcliff. Bitton Gourmet Cafe 36-37a Copeland Street, Alexandria, 9519 5111. Willow Vale Mill Guesthouse Restaurant, Peelwood Road, Laggan, 4837 3319. Prague Beer Restaurant 42 Kellett Street, Potts Point, 9368 0898. Bavarian Bier Cafes bavarianshavemorefun.com. Belgian Beer Cafes belgian-beer-cafe.com.au. I f you want to make an omelet you have to break eggs. At Bitton Gourmet Cafe in Alexandria, owner/chef David Bitton and the chefs in his kitchen crack more than 2000 a week. His breakfast menu includes French staples: omelet, crepes and plenty of hollandaise sauce. ''All require a lot of eggs,'' French- born Bitton says. ''We make omelet the traditional 'baveuse' way, still with a dribble,'' he says. ''Customers appreciate that we stick to the traditional European way of doing things, good service and good food prepared with love.'' At Willow Vale Mill, near Laggan in the Southern Highlands, chef Graham Liney subscribes to a similar philosophy. His restaurant is European table d'hote style. There is no choice, what he's cooked today is what's on offer tonight. It is a formula that has worked well for 26 years. ''Presenting a meal this way means I have 100 per cent interaction with my customers,'' Liney says. ''Cooking for them and then dining with them forges a relationship.'' And many of them are lasting. ''I have just cooked for the fourth generation of one family,'' he says. ''Kids that once played under the table while their parents were dining are now getting married here.'' Entree might be a tomato salad in summer or soup in winter, followed by ''three of four roasts, or a cassoulet,'' Liney says, ''whatever is available and I feel like eating too.'' Vegetables come from the garden and will certainly include potatoes. Liney is the potato grower responsible for bringing kipfler, nicola and pink fir varieties to Australia. ''Food should be seasonal, cooked simply and enjoyed with good company,'' he says. The owner of Prague Beer Restaurant in Potts Point, Michal Sestak, agrees. Having migrated from Prague in 1993, Sestak soon discovered there was a market for Czech beer and food shared among friends. He began importing beer from his homeland and opened his restaurant in 2004. ''Customers want a feast to accompany the beers,'' he says. The Czech Feast platter is for sharing, with a spread of smoked pork, roast pork, roast duck, slices of sausage, sauerkraut and a side of potato dumplings. Likewise, the Bavarian Bier Cafes serve schnitzels and steins, while the Belgian Beer Cafes pair their blonde and brune beers with traditional mussels and chips.
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