The very important food trends of 2017

Octopasta! Ramblr's signature calamari noodles with smoked bone marrow and kimchi.
Octopasta! Ramblr's signature calamari noodles with smoked bone marrow and kimchi. Photo: Pat Scala

Here's what and how we ate this year (and what we should be sorry for).


Squiducinne! Gnocctopus! If you didn't eat a many-legged sea creature masquerading as pasta this year, did you eat out at all? Nick Stanton's Ramblr came in hot with marrow-dressed curls on a kimchi leaf, but then Fico Hobart's gnocchi! Dier Makr's not-noodles! Tentacular.

Fish selfies: the great 2017 trend

Fish selfies: the great 2017 trend. Photo: Instagram

Fish, and it don't stop

Seafood in general came at us thick and fast and chilled. Cutler and Co.'s reopening triumph was plates of fresh bugs and chilled bubbles. Josh Niland gave us crab croissants for breakfast. And behold the greatest Insta-trend of 2017: the glorious, glorious fish selfie.

The reunion tour

Was it just Melbourne that saw '90s and naughties kitchen legends punching back into the headlines? Geoff Lindsay took Lamaro's; Paul Wilson revived his truffled polenta egg at Wilson and Market and is that Donovan Cooke at Ryne? Was there a meeting? Was Farnham there?

Chicken yakitori.

Chicken yakitori at Supernormal. Photo: Simon Schluter

It's a big yakistory

Food on sticks, you will never be far from our hearts. You've already conquered Sydney and, praise be, you've come to be a fearless leader of snacking in the south at Adelaide's Shobosho, Supernormal and at the all-new Butcher's Diner – All. Night. Long.

Sherry cobbler

Mad men is done, folks. We've all enjoyed close to a decade of sousing our livers on the dark and dirty manhattans, and most bars are well in stride with the low booze moves. Order a sherry-based, fruit-frilled pebble-iced pearler and enjoy your grown-up drink.

Tagliolini with onion jus and aged parmesan at Fico, Hobart.

Tagliolini with onion jus and aged parmesan at Fico, Hobart.



It's Italian. Sort of. But newer. Dare we say it may be better. From the onion caramel-sauced spaghetti at Fico in Hobart to Joel Valvasori's blood pasta and braised chicken feet at Lulu La Delizia in Perth – it's a helluva time to be a carb-loving fool.

Nostalgia tour

Smoke 'em while you got 'em and put caviar on top. More a trend prediction than reality thus far, but with nuclear annihilation on the doorstep, we think the era of unstructured cool guy eateries is going to give way to old world elegance and the likes of Sydney's Hubert, New York's the Grill and Melbourne's jazz-filled Mayfair will rule. Dust off the dress shoes.

Desserts getting their sh*t together

Put your hands together and give thanks to the revolt against the deconstructed dessert. If you've been pushed one chocolate soil too far, you're going to weep at the pumpkin pies of the Agrarian Kitchen and the treacle and lemon tarts of Rocker and Saint Peter.

Wine bars are the new pubs

Chicken parfait is the new parma. Where the yoof once gathered around a round of frosties and $12 steaks, they're now down the local bottle-shop/wine bar/casual European bistro being ultra woke.


It's a fun new term for natural wine if you are a loafered bro (PS. if you say this, here's the knife, you know what to do). It is also the linguistic low point of 2017 but hey, US summer tells us we might be getting friesling to replace frose as the dumb drink of summer, so the race is still on.

Trends in the glass

By Max Allen, wine and drinks columnist, Australian Financial Review and AFR Magazine

The rosé project

It won't be long before some canny restaurateur opens a place with nothing but pale, dry pink wine on the list (hello, Chris Lucas). Seriously: sometimes it feels like rosé is all you lot want to drink.

High spirits

The craft spirit boom keeps booming. But how many more new gins does one country need? How many rare, expensive whiskies? Vermouths and bitters? Plenty more, apparently.

Smashable reds

Forget big Barossa bruisers. We want our red wines light and fresh now, thanks: whole bunch pinot meunier; juicy cabernet franc; new-wave, sulphur-free grenache, etc. Which brings us to:

The natural zombie

The trend that refuses to die, despite repeated bashing by old wine fogeys. Cloudy pet-nats, skin-contact orange gear, smashable reds (see above): natural wines continue to crowd lists.

The ubiquitous spritz

Once a drink you only encountered on cafe table in piazzas on holiday in Italy, the prosecco spritz has now become the aperitif of choice for everyone, everywhere.

The national Good Food Guide 2018, in partnership with Citi and Vittoria, is available from newsagencies, bookstores and via, RRP $29.99.