Cool cuisine for the winter chills
Cold weather means crackling log fires, pristine slopes, and warming, delicious food.
Get an inner glow at Hentley Farm in the Barossa, South Australia
There is nothing predictable about lunch at Hentley Farm, from the farmhouse-meets-warehouse interiors to the sleek cutlery propped against a rustic piece of wood. The degustation meals start small – perhaps a lightly poached quail egg on a puffed quinoa cracker – but build from there. By the time you’ve worked your way through the entire meal, washed down with some beautiful Barossa shiraz, you’ll be enjoying an inner glow.
Sip next-level hot chocolate at Schoc Choc, New Zealand
It is no surprise that New Zealand’s best chocolatier also serves a knockyour-socks-off hot chocolate. The only surprise is which version it will be serving when you rock up to one of its outlets (it has two: in Wellington and Greytown).
Schoc Choc’s rotating selection teams the 60 per cent dark chocolate blend with a range of flavours such as rose, orange and geranium or pink peppercorn. See schoc.co.nz.
Savour souffle at Orange’s cosiest restaurant, New South Wales, Australia
Scored a seat on one of the inviting banquettes? Well done, your dinner at Lolli Redini is off to a good start. If you really want to make the most of your meal at Orange’s best-loved eatery however, the next step is critical. Order the twice-baked gruyere cheese souffle.
It is never off the menu, and with good reason. With its scattering of hazelnuts and a spinach and pear salad, this is winter-warmer cooking at its best. See lolliredini.com.au.
Combine fondue and toboggans in Alpiglen, Switzerland
Think of it as a ‘‘fondue jacket’’. On dark winter evenings in the alpine village of Alpiglen, locals feast on cheese fondue and drink beer and cherry brandy to prepare for a favourite winter activity: toboggan racing.
A snowy, floodlit toboggan slope begins near the restaurant and ends at a pub and train station in another village far below. From there, it’s a case of drink, ride, repeat.
Snuggle up for lunch or dinner at Coonara Springs, the Dandenongs, Victoria, Australia
The Dandenong Ranges, just under an hour from Melbourne, may not boast the ritzy restaurants of other Victorian regions, such as neighbouring Yarra Valley, but there’s nowhere more historic and snug for a winter lunch or dinner than Coonara Springs.
The oldest restaurant in the Dandenongs, and possibly in Australia, dating to the late 19th century, boasts two-sided open fireplaces with views of nearly two hectares of gardens leading to the eponymous gardens and Yarra Valley. See coonarasprings.com.
Devour hot waffles in Brussels
The Belgians do a nice line in street food but, on a crisp winter’s day, nothing offers a quicker boost than a fresh-from-the-griddle waffle eaten on the run. There are vendors on virtually every corner; opt for a Brussels waffle – lighter and fluffier than the Liege waffle – with just a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Perfection. See maisondandoy.com.
Go cafe-hopping in Reykjavik
Iceland’s quirky, walkable capital has more than a dozen coffee houses that are perfect for escaping the winter chill. Standouts include Stofan, which translates to Living Room, and looks like grandma’s lounge with its cosy sofas, wooden coffee tables and antique paintings and maps, and Reykjavik Roasters, which has a huge roasting machine and a vintage vinyl player pumping out classic tunes. See visitreykjavik.is.
Hentley Farm in Australia’s beautiful Barossa region is a great winter getaway.
Oliebollen – what’s not to love about deep-fried balls of dough?
Japanese hot pot on a cold day always hits the spot.
Coonara Sprints is the oldest restaurant in Australia’s Dandenongs.