Rockpool Bar and Grill by Neil Perry

This isn’t just a restaurant cookbook, although all of your favourite dishes are here. This is the Rockpool story – a manual for recreating that exquisite immersive experience of dining at one of Neil Perry’s iconic restaurants.

From the building blocks of a good bar, which includes a recipe for house-made tonic water, to profiles of favoured suppliers, you will be able to decipher the extraordinary equation that makes Rockpool so extraordinarily successful. As you would expect there are classic steakhouse recipes, but there are also unexpected inclusions such as the glorious lentil and ricotta eggplant moussaka and an essential house-chopped salad, which is tossed tableside.

Justine Douglas is the Manager of Readings Port Melbourne.