Australia is often celebrated for its diverse cuisine, influenced by the homelands and traditions of its large migrant community. But what about the real homegrown dishes?
When it comes to our culinary culture, Australia is often lauded for its diverse influences. However, according to pioneering restauranteur and chef at the world-renowned Noma, Rene Redzepi, most of Australia has failed to celebrate and utilise our best homegrown resources and produce.
As showcased in the documentary series Noma Australia, when Rene sought to bring Noma Down Under for a 10-week pop-up, he didn't turn to the nation's leading chefs for advice. Instead, his local food education came from indigenous hunters and foragers, whose expertise helped create the most unique, progressive and trulyAustralian menu in the country.
Noma Australia has come and gone from our shores, but the rest of the food scene is not going to let Rene's message escape again. If you want to try native Australian ingredients, here are some of the best Australian restaurants plating them up.
There's a reason Ben Shewry's Attica has been named among the World's 50 Best Restaurants for the past five years running. His unique tasting menu changes frequently, but you might find some wattleseed, emu eggs and ants.
Chef Kylie Kwong is one of the greatest champions of native food in Sydney. Billy Kwong's menu is peppered with fine Australian ingredients, resulting in some of the best Chinese fusion meals in the country.
Damper, lemon myrtle, paperbark, Davidson plums and kutjera (bush tomato), are just some of the native delights you'll find on the menu at Orana. Chef and owner, Jock Zonfrillo, is an expert in Australian land, produce and history, which shines through on his locally sourced menu.
Part of Ayers Rock Resort, Tali Wiru is a truly unique dining experience set under the stars in the desert surrounding Uluru. At $345 per person, this magical dinner a must for tourists to the red centre who don't have a restrictive budget is a must.
Located atop the hotel COMO The Treasury, this luxury restaurant is certainly an elegant experience. This seasonal menu is not based on the popular summer, autumn, winter, spring set-up. Instead, it goes off the traditional six seasons recognised by the local Noongar people.
Learn about Australian food through the journey of Noma's Rene Redzepi in the feature documentary, Noma Australia, on June 15, 8:30pm on Lifestyle FOOD.
Feature image via Attica.