"Scallops and citrus have a wonderful synergy whether they're raw or cooked," says Saint Peter chef Josh Niland. "This dish was put together at the beginning of summer a few years ago, I had recently seen how to take apart the individual cells of a fresh pomelo and was excited to add this to a dressing along with as many other citrus fruits as I could find. Adding the zest, juice and segments of the fruit it gives you a fantastic balance of sweet, sour and bitter. The white soy sauce adds a wonderful complexity and savouriness to the dressing and a little sugar rounds it out. This dressing can be made with just one or two types of citrus for a similar result, but it's a truly beautiful dish if all the citrus can be found. It's also great served with raw fish - John Dory, black flathead and wild kingfish would all be excellent choices."
"Even if you never make this sandwich, you want to know about this sauce: a beautiful mild, bitter sauce showing the subtler side of walnuts," says Luca chef Isaac McHale. "It's a bit of an Italian classic and it reminds me of the background flavours of parmesan; a tiny bit of cooked garlic, olive oil and a little horseradish tie it all together. It's a great sauce for bollito misto or as an alternative sauce for vitello tonnato, or just something to serve with cold roast pork, lamb or beef the day after a big roast." At Luca, McHale serves these rolls with brined ox tongue; we've used corned beef.
"This is a great dish to organise ahead of time," says Josh Niland. "Start the brioche a day ahead to prove the dough. The cooked brioche can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or frozen. The ocean trout will keep refrigerated for up to a week." Start this recipe three days ahead to cure the fish.
"There are few other dishes that come with so much expectation and nostalgia. It's so important at Saint Peter that the fish and chips gets put on a pedestal as a dish of importance and luxury," says Josh Niland. "Gone are the days of having wishy-washy defrosted white fish in limp pale batter and frozen chips. The key to fantastic fish and chips is obviously a great fish that's suited to coating in a batter and deep-frying. Fresh pink ling is a perfect fish for battering - it's robust, has a dense compact flesh with little sinew, good amount of fat, sweet-tasting flesh, few pin bones and can be readily found. The batter is also hugely important. Having worked with Heston Blumenthal as a stagiaire, I got to see his fish and chips and was blown away by the logic of using vodka in a batter. It makes sense - more alcohol content means it burns away faster, resulting in a very crisp and delicious batter. Fish and chips would be incomplete without a good tartare sauce; our tartare, made with yoghurt instead of mayonnaise, is a much cleaner, lighter sauce." Start this recipe a day ahead to soak the chips.
"I love rainbow trout. It was a supermarket favourite, so it's unfashionable in restaurants, but I think it's a reliable option for dinner and this recipe is all about the cooking technique," says Luca chef Isaac McHale. "The last time I cooked trout like this was 15 years ago when I worked for Mark Best when he started running The Four In Hand bistro in Sydney's Paddington. It's a great technique that's simple and makes a brilliantly cooked piece of fish every time."
"If you don't have surplus fresh berries, frozen are a perfect substitute; just give them a little more time in the sauce to warm through and soften," says Julie Niland. Start this recipe a day ahead to chill and set the pudding.
"This is a light antipasti dish, served slightly warm," says Luca chef Isaac McHale. "I love peppers and this summer we preserved 100kg of organic peppers at The Clove Club to ready ourselves for Luca opening." Begin this recipe a day ahead to soak the cod.
"Spanish mackerel has a high oil content which lends itself to this acidic and mineral-driven garnish," says Josh Niland. "Other species that would work well for this include wild kingfish, herring or sardines." Pictured with oxheart tomato and white peach salad.
"This is a fabulous salad that really shows off the best of summer," says Saint Peter chef Josh Niland. "Look for fragrant peaches and heavy, juicy oxheart tomatoes." Pictured with crisp-skinned Spanish mackerel, aioli, parsley and pickled onion salad.