Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Agrarian: What the Good Food Guide said

Good Food Guide 
2018 Santa Vittoria Regional Restaurant of the Year

The best beyond metro limits. The winning establishment must provide a restaurant experience comparable to anything in the city but remain uniquely regional.

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store, Tasmania

It's fresh on the Tasmania scene, but The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store has deeply established roots through Rodney Dunn and Severine Demanet's Derwent Valley cooking school, the Agrarian Kitchen.

Pickling. Fermenting. Local. Seasonal. They're techniques and terms chefs are infatuated with, but this newcomer presents a masterclass in all, using ingredients from barely beyond the doorstep, delivered in a sun-drenched room. It's a gun team from kitchen to cocktail bar.

The menu might read simply – carbonara macaroni; a caesar-like salad of broad bean leaves with smoked ham and alpine cheese – but the techniques drill deep into the collective cooking wisdom from around the globe and emerge as close to the ideal as it seems possible to get.

Both ideas and produce have been germinating and fermenting for a long time to result in a restaurant that calmly, cooly and deliciously screams a sense of place.

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