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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

Pea and ham soup

Where to have a drink this Good Friday

Embla, Melbourne

Embla, Melbourne

If you're not practicing Easter tradition this Good Friday, here's our pick of bars remaining open across Australia. Sip a coriander-spiced craft beer in Canberra, browse an international wine list in Perth or relax with a grapefruit mojito in Tasmania.

NSW

Dead Ringer

413 Bourke St, Surry Hills, NSW; 5pm - 10pm

Brew Pub Manly

29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly, NSW; 12pm - 10pm

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

85 Dunning Ave, Roseberry, NSW; 12pm - 10pm. Also selling take-away bottles.

Dolphin Hotel

412 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW; 11:30am - 10pm

Icebergs

1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach, NSW; 12am - 10pm

ACT

Akiba

40 Bunda St, Canberra, ACT; 10:30pm - 2am

Bent Spoke

38 Mort St, Braddon, ACT; 11am - 12pm

Monster

25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, ACT; 6am - 1am

Victoria

Marion

53 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, VIC;  12pm - 11pm

Embla

122 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC;  12pm - 1am

Kooinda Boutique Brewery

28 Culverlands St, Heidelberg West, VIC;  4pm - 1am

South Australia

Hennessy Bar

45 King William St, Adelaide, SA; 3pm - late

Penfolds Magill Estate

78 Penfold Rd, Magill, SA; 9am - 5pm

Tasmania

Franklin

30 Argyle St, Hobart, TAS; 8:30am - late

Frank

1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, TAS; 11am - 12am

Smolt

2 Salamanca Sq, Battery Point, TAS; 5:30pm - 10pm

Perth

Rockpool Bar and Grill

Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood, WA; 12pm - 10pm

Queensland

Saké

Level 1, 45 Eagle St, Brisbane, QLD; 5:30pm - 10pm

Sails

75 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, QLD; 6pm - 12am

Northern Territory

Rorkes Beer Wine Food

22 Smith St, Darwin, NT; 12pm - late

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