Vegemite for big kids

The break­fast spread of the masses is head­ing up­mar­ket as chefs em­brace its salty rich­ness.

Qantas - - QSPIRIT. - Story by LARISSA DUBECKI

Saucy se­cret

One of the best dishes at Sunda (sunda.com.au) is not ac­tu­ally on the menu. That doesn’t stop this pan-Asian new­comer sell­ing out of its 25 serves of roti with Vegemite curry sauce each day. Re­served for those in the know, it’s been Mel­bourne’s worst-kept se­cret, the but­tery roti teamed with an ad­dic­tive sauce that deftly har­nesses Vegemite’s flavour cre­den­tials for good rather than evil.

Smooth move

It’s a real col­li­sion of cul­tures at An­chovy (an­chovy.net.au), in the Melourne sub­urb of Richmond, where chef Thi Le takes her sig­na­ture brand of mod­ern Asian-Aus­tralian and puts it through a cen­trifuge to come up with “tem­pura Vegemite, Laugh­ing Cow cheese”. The cubes of Vegemite-in­fused cus­tard, tem­pura bat­tered and fried then topped with creamy cheese, have made it to the chef’s se­lec­tion menu “be­cause so many peo­ple ask for it”, says Le.

The dark arts

The menu at the d’Aren­berg Cube (daren­berg.com.au) in South Aus­tralia’s McLaren Vale em­braces a taste of ter­roir, adding a Vegemite may­on­naise to ac­com­pany hot-smoked bar­ra­mundi black­ened with onion ash, wat­tle­seed and moun­tain pep­per.

Amite-y break­fast

At Highroad (highrd.com.au) in Can­berra’s Dick­son, the menu cements Vegemite’s sta­tus as break­fast’s best friend but a side order of the black stuff whipped through ri­cotta presents a DIY co­nun­drum: spread it on toast or just lick it straight off the knife?

Frozen lit­tle Vegemites

He­ston Blu­men­thal couldn’t re­sist the Vegemite chal­lenge when com­pos­ing a menu that in­cor­po­rates the Aus­tralian culi­nary icon. But, nat­u­rally, his mis­chief-mak­ing turned it into a dessert: ice-cream with Vegemite served with toasted bar­ley cream, yeast caramel, macadamia, puffed spelt and sour­dough crum­ble. Suc­cumb at Mel­bourne’s Din­ner by He­ston Blu­men­thal (din­ner by he­ston. com.au).

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