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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.

Aløft

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. 

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.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beyond Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, Lara Dunston finds a flourishing third-wave coffee scene, tailored food tours and charming neighbourhoods.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

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.

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.

Canberra's new wave of great bars

Bar Rochford's The Gun Club

Bar Rochford's The Gun Club

Canberra just keeps getting cooler - and we're not talking about the weather.

Building on an already impressive cocktail and aperitivo bar offering - which includes top-shelf contenders Monster in Hotel Hotel, Bacaro at Italian & Sons and the much-loved underground speakeasy Molly - the drinks scene in our nation's capital continues to make room for new and interesting friends at the bar.

Bar Rochford opened in March on the upstairs level of the historic Melbourne Building in Civic. Its focus? Sharp cocktails by the fireplace, natural wines from Jauma to Jamsheed, the likes of lamb tartare with Jerusalem artichoke (from a former Sixpenny and Eightysix chef, no less) and a vinyl-only playlist (hello rockabilly on 45s). Rochford's co-owner and bartender Nick Smith spent seven years in Melbourne and was inspired by the small-bar scene there. "We wanted to bring something servicedriven to Canberra that combined art, music, good food and wine," he says. "Not just a bar or just a restaurant, but somewhere in between."

Read On the House: Bar Rochford in four drinks.

Another upstairs hit in Civic is the breezy, Cuban-themed Highball Express - which quite possibly houses Australia's biggest range of rums and is from the same bar czars that are behind drinking dens Molly and the newly opened Black Market. "Canberra's growin' up," says Highball director Lorenzo Focarile. "The bar scene is evolving and changing so quickly, it's a very exciting time to help redefine the industry and culture."

In Acton, near Hotel Hotel, Black Market has moved into the basement of A Baker, and is busy slinging rare and limited-edition spirits, cocktails made with dry ice and fat-washing techniques (duck fat-washed Cognac, bacon-washed bourbon), and bar snacks such as beef jerky set alight with whisky before your eyes. "It's the kind of place you can feel like you're at the part , but still have a conversation," says co-director Antony Arena. Good thing Canberra's bean scene is also brilliant and ever-expanding. Head for a roast at Ona, Barrio or The Cupping Room to sooth any hangover blues.

barrochford.com; highballexpress.com.au; bmbar.com.au

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