Many Indians will be travelling to Australia next year for the ICC Cricket World Cup, which begins in Melbourne on Feb 14. The Indian team will play their first game in Adelaide - followed by Perth and Sydney - and if you're following the tour, why not treat it as a holiday? Feast at top Australian restaurants in scenic locations that will keep you engrossed while you wait for the next fixture.
Melbourne: The city offers a variety of international cuisine such as popular Chin Chin Chinese restaurant, Tonka restaurant run by an Indian chef and Japanese restaurant Izakaya Den. For quality local cuisine, check out restaurant-bars like MoVida Next Door tapas bar, Cumulus Inc. or Brooks of Melbourne. You can also explore Melbourne's cafe culture, cocktail and bar scene via a food tour such as the Hidden Secrets Tours, Melbourne Food Experiences or Melbourne Walks.
Adelaide: Visit Kangaroo Island, Australia's third biggest island known for its fresh local produce, by going on a tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island. The tour shows you scenic parts of the island and will break for lunch in a secluded bush setting. You'll no doubt meet kangaroos, koalas and bird life before tucking into local cheese, honey, marron, freshly-picked veggies and local wine.
Perth: The 12,000km coastline is perfect for dishing up a huge selection of fresh seafood. At Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour, you'll find some of the best fish and chips in the world, while Rottnest Island is where plump scallops grow. You can also head to Albany for marron at Marron Farm.
Sydney: Just two hours' drive from Sydney is the Hunter Valley wine region, the city's favourite weekend playground. After all that swilling, you'll deserve a fine meal. Bistro Molines is a French-themed restaurant set on a hillside while Muse serves contemporary food in an art-filled space.
The Indian team is not going to Brisbane, Canberra or Hobart, but if you've found a taste for Australian cuisine and scenery, these attractions will complete your journey.
Brisbane: At the Noosa Farmers Market, you'll get some of the coast's best produce every Sunday morning - from farm-fresh fruit and veggies to just-baked breads, artisanal cheeses, seafood, poultry and lamb. The Eumundi Markets, which are held twice every week, are another food lover's delight, with fresh produce and taste sensations that are hard to resist.
Canberra: After exploring Australia's capital, take a short drive to the picturesque setting of Poacher's Pantry, home to the award-winning Smokehouse Cafe and Willy Trout Vineyard. You'll discover why Australia's leading restaurants and chefs use its smoked meats.
Hobart: A great way to end your culinary adventure would be at The Agarian Kitchen, where you can learn to cook local food. Classes are held in a 19th century schoolhouse and cover everything from charcuterie, smoking and sourdough to craft beer, preserves and mouth-watering sweets and desserts.
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