Taiyaki: the latest Japanese craze to hit Australia

Salaryman in Sydney quietly launched Asian-inspired Sunday breakfasts, including these taiyaki.
Salaryman in Sydney quietly launched Asian-inspired Sunday breakfasts, including these taiyaki. Photo: Alana Dimou

We're eating… TAIYAKI

Last month Salaryman in Sydney quietly started serving one of Japan's favourite sweet street snacks – taiyaki. The fish-shaped pastry is commonplace in Tokyo's shopping malls and street stands, usually filled with red bean paste. At Salaryman they're a little more gourmet with zesty yuzu curd, blood orange segments and vanilla ice-cream. If the smell of the puff pastry cooking in the taiyaki irons in the window doesn't lure you in, the Instagram opportunity certainly will. 

Yukie's Bar next door to Mr. Miyagi in Melbourne has just released a new range of foam cocktails

Foam cocktail at Yukie's Bar. Photo: Supplied

We're drinking … FOAM COCKTAILS

Sticking with the Japanese theme, Yukie's Bar next door to Mr Miyagi in Melbourne has just released a new range of foam cocktails, fuelled by the popularity of their cold drip espresso martini with warm white chocolate and sake foam. While refreshing and fruity options are available, the Nut Job with salted Nutella foam, Frangelico and RumChata is a crowd favourite.

We're cooking with… LIQUID SMOKE

To a barbecue master, liquid smoke is the truffle oil of cooking. To those of us without a barbecue – let alone a hot smoker – it's a godsend. A couple of drops of the stuff, which is real smoke distilled into liquid, gives sauces, gravies, meat, seafood, eggs and  any anything else you add it to another flavour dimension. You can find it in some supermarkets, but failing that, try usafoods.com.au or essentialingredient.com.au.

New season Australian asparagus

We're buying… ASPARAGUS

New-season Aussie asparagus hit markets in the last week of August, but as mid September approaches it's becoming more common (and more affordable). The spring spears are perfect for light and tasty eating, whether an afternoon snack with olive oil and seasoning, in a salad or blackened on the barbecue. Check the labels or with your shopkeeper to make sure it's local.

Langham Melbourne  Christy Tania's Mystique dessert at Aria Bar & Lounge at The Langham in Melbourne

Christy Tania's Mystique dessert at Aria Bar & Lounge at The Langham in Melbourne. Photo: Shellie Froidevaux

We're craving… THAT MYSTIQUE DESSERT

It's almost a shame to eat something that takes 65 steps to make, but from Monday to Thursday between September 5 and 15, MasterChef and dessert aficionados can dig into Christy Tania's Mystique dessert at Aria Bar & Lounge at The Langham in Melbourne, created for the reality show's finals. $35 including coffee or tea, $60 including canapes and a glass of sparkling. Bookings via rest.res@langhamhotels.com.

Kangaroo Carpaccio bush herbs from Antonio Carluccio 6 seasons

Kangaroo carpaccio with bush herbs from Antonio Carluccio's 6 Seasons. Photo: Picasa

We're watching… ANTONIO CARLUCCIO'S 6 SEASONS

World-renowned chef and one half of Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio, will explore indigenous food with an Italian twist in this SBS series starting September 8 at 6pm and running for six consecutive days. Filmed in the lead-up to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape late last year in Noongar country, Western Australia, join Carluccio as he cooks native ingredients in accordance with the six seasons of the Aboriginal calendar alongside television presenter and elder Richard Walley.

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Pop-up Pantone Cafe in Monaco

Pop-up Pantone Cafe in Monaco. Photo: Supplied

We can't believe that … THERE'S A PANTONE CAFE

The bad news is the pop-up is nearly finished. The good news is it's in Monaco, so putting the Pantone palette on your palate might have proved difficult anyway. The cafe – created in collaboration with Monaco Restaurant Group – gives customers the opportunity to "#TasteTheColors" until September 9. From the tables and napkins through to the salads, sandwiches and soft-serves, everything has been assigned a Pantone shade. pantone-cafe.com