2008 Best on the Best: Andrew McConnell, chef, Three, One, Two, Melbourne
Bottle shop Rathdowne Cellars (348 Rathdowne St, North Carlton, Vic, 03 9349 3366) is my local bottlo, great range with friendly, unpretentious advice.
Drinking hole Any bar that can make a Martini properly; in Melbourne there are plenty.
Restaurant Abla’s (109 Elgin St, Carlton, Vic, 03 9347 0006). Food cooked with this much care is what every chef craves on a night off: big flavours finessed by years of repetition; quite possibly the most consistent restaurant in Melbourne. The relaxed approach and friendly service are a bonus.
Three, One, Two, 312 Drummond St, Carlton, Vic, (03) 9347 3312, www.threeonetwo.com.au.
*Alla Wolf-Tasker, chef/owner, Lake House, Daylesford
*Andrew McConnell, chef, Three, One, Two, Melbourne
*Peter Gilmore, chef, Quay, Sydney
*Bruno Loubet, chef, Baguette, Brisbane
*Nick Holloway, chef/co-owner, Nu Nu, Palm Cove
*David Coomer, chef, Star Anise, Perth
*Chui Lee Luk, chef/owner, Claude’s, Sydney
*Jason Peppler, chef/owner, Isis, Brisbane
*Shannon Bennett, chef/owner, Vue de Monde, Melbourne