A few years ago, Al Jazeera travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth to find out how people are finding gourmet restaurants in Australia.
We visited a couple of them, and we found a lot of them to be well worth a visit.
Al Jazeera: What’s the secret to finding gaudy food?
Al Jazeera’s Chris Duryea travelled to some of the best-known gourmet eateries in Australia to find the secrets of their success.
They all feature some sort of secret ingredient or recipe that’s made from some sort to achieve certain tastes or flavours.
We had the opportunity to try a few of these places out, and it’s been one of our favourite stories ever since.
One of the most popular gourmet restaurant brands in Australia is called Tippin.
Tippins founder and CEO Ian Tippinson said he was inspired to start Tipping in 2009 after a few friends asked him to join their restaurant after the Sydney Opera House closed in 2011.
“They said, ‘Why don’t you come up with something to sell, you know, a restaurant where you can go for a meal?’
And I said, I’m not going to do that,” he told Al Jazeera.
Ian Tppinson, founder and head chef of Tippings.
Photo: Tipps Tippers has since opened three locations in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, and the latest location in Canberra has a reputation for making the best of its menu.
“It’s very hard to find what you want in a restaurant,” he said.
You have to be really adventurous to find those.” “
I would say in the past, the ingredients have just been a bit too bland.
You have to be really adventurous to find those.”
Tipp’s menu at its new Sydney location.
Photo by Al Jazeera Al Jazeera visited Tippinnis restaurant in Perth on the night it opened its doors.
The menu was designed by Tipp, with a blend of “high-end” ingredients including gourmet chicken and pork, beef tenderloin, shrimp, and a few seasonal items.
There was also a selection of handcrafted items like fruit bowls and pastries.
Tappin owner Ian Tittins said he had a lot in mind for his menu.
Photo courtesy of Tappins Ian Tottins said the aim was to provide an “authentic Australian taste”.
“We have an eclectic mix of items on our menu,” he explained.
“And of course, it’s not just food we have on the menu, there are also things like cocktails, wines, beers and spirits, so it’s quite a wide range of things.”
We don’t serve all of the food that people think of when they think of Australian cuisine.
“What we have here is the best that we can find in Australia.”
Tott’s staff were equally passionate about their food, with the chefs also having to consider what they needed for the event.
“You know, you have to make sure that it’s fresh, because it’s an Australian product and there’s a lot that goes into making the product that you’re using,” said Tott.
Tatt’s restaurant, Tipplins. “
But if we get them wrong, then we’ll lose the customer.”
Tatt’s restaurant, Tipplins.
Photo taken at Tippies new restaurant in Sydney.
Tott was also very keen to try new things.
“When we first opened, we weren’t really prepared for what the customer would think,” he admitted.
“As the years went on, it just started getting better and better.”
One of Totts most popular items is the Tippini.
The restaurant offers a wide selection of dishes like chicken tikka masala, a spicy pork tikki and a meat dish with coconut milk and mint.
“One of the things that’s so good about our food is that it can really complement any kind of food,” he added.
“So if you want something different, you can make it your own.”
Tttippins menu at the new Tippits new restaurant.
Photo from Tippens website.
Tettin also has a strong connection to local food culture.
“Tippins is really about Australian culture,” said Ian Tettins.
“For a long time, there was this really strong connection between us and local communities.
It’s really important that people know that there’s this really Australian connection to their local food.”
“There’s a bit of a cult-like atmosphere that’s going on around us,” said Sarah Tippitt, a staff member at Tett’s new restaurant, which has been opened since March.
“People love to go to Tippinas, and you’ll see people on the streets going