LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Australia -

ADAMD’SYLVA is owner-chef at Coda Res­tau­rant in Flin­ders Lane, Melbourne, and in 2008 was named The Age Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year. His re­spect for Asian and Euro­pean cui­sine, fos­tered dur­ing his In­dian-ital­ian up­bring­ing, has ex­panded dur­ing over­seas trav­els. More: co­darestau­rant.com.au. Lo­cal in­dul­gence: Din­ner at The Euro­pean fol­lowed by drinks at the rooftop Sup­per Club and Siglo Bar, all at 161 Spring St. Mem­o­rable hol­i­day splurge: Alla Wolf-tasker’s Lake House in Dayles­ford has a lovely coun­try lo­ca­tion, de­li­cious food and fan­tas­tic ser­vice, and is worth ev­ery dol­lar. DEALS OF THE WEEK Re­lax­ing re­treats: Book a three­day yoga get­away at Pep­pers Anchorage Port Stephens on the Nswmid-north coast with tele­vi­sion yoga host Kris Mcin­tyre; from $536 a per­son twin-share for two nights, six classes, break­fast daily and se­lected meals. Ses­sions March 23-25 and Au­gust 17-19. More: (02) 4984 0350; pep­pers.com.au. Must re­visit ex­pe­ri­ence: Melbourne’s Movida, to spend a lazy Sun­day af­ter­noon graz­ing on au­then­tic Span­ish food. 1 Hosier Lane. Favourite shop­ping haunt: Casa Iber­ica, a one-stop shop and deli Cap­i­tal sav­ings: There’s more than 35 per cent off a stay at Can­berra’s Bur­bury Ho­tel, close to the gov­ern­ment and her­itage hub of Bar­ton’s Na­tional Cir­cuit; from $260 a night twin-share for week­ends (un­til Au­gust 26), in­clud­ing full buf­fet break­fast. Long-stay apart­ments also avail­able. More: 1300 887 979; wo­tif.com/hotelw134099. for au­then­tic Span­ish pro­duce. 25 John­ston St, Fitzroy. Stand-out bar ex­pe­ri­ence: Trunk Bar & Res­tau­rant, which boasts the largest beer gar­den in Melbourne. 275 Ex­hi­bi­tion St. Invit­ing culi­nary des­ti­na­tion: Su­per­maxi, my lo­cal pizza place, for Ital­ian food. 305 St Ge­orges Rd, Fitzroy. Best ac­tion ex­pe­ri­ence: Soar­ing over Vic­to­ria’s Yarra Val­ley with Go Wild Bal­loon­ing. Dis­tinc­tive ho­tel: The Westin Melbourne for the com­plete pack­age — great gue­strooms and a cen­tral lo­ca­tion. 205 Collins St. Favourite travel app: Tourism Vic­to­ria’s Play Melbourne re­veals places to eat and drink. Is­land idyll: Hay­man Es­cape pack­ages at this five-star Whit­sun­days haven start at $885 a per­son twin-share for three nights, in­clud­ing break­fasts, beach water­sports and ac­tiv­i­ties from golf and ten­nis to na­ture walks. There’s 25 per cent off book­ings for a sec­ond fam­ily room. More: 1800 075 175; hay­man.com.au.

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