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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. 

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.

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.

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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

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.

Fly the tricolore

Whether it's a spread for six or dinner à deux, a touch of the tricolore is set to please. Classic colours and traditional patterns bring a charming (and distinctive) accent to the table this spring. Pass the Beaujolais.

Clockwise from top left.

1 Photophore Collioure 40cm carafe, $42, from The Country Trader. (02) 9698 4661. 

2 Chalk board, $35, from Ici et Là . (02) 8399 1173.

3 Antique napkins, $70 each, from Ici et Là . (02) 8399 1173.

4 Blue gingham jar, $19, from The Country Trader. (02) 9698 4661. 

5 Gien "Empire" 25.5cm plates, $53.95 each, from The Bay Tree. (02) 9328 1101.

6 Bentwood Thonet chair "No 18", $139, from Glicks Furniture

7 Striped tea towel, $29, from Honey Bee Homewares. (02) 9948 9908.

8 Baguette basket, $29, from The Country Trader. (02) 9698 4661.

9 Baroque French cutlery, $225 for 24-piece set, from Honey Bee Homewares. (02) 9948 9908.

10 French tureen with lid, $225, from The Bay Tree. (02) 9328 1101.

11 Bakelite butter dish, $25, from The Country Trader. (02) 9698 4661. 

12 French linen sack (used as table runner), $199, from Honey Bee Homewares. (02) 9948 9908.

13 Ikea "Pokal" tumblers, $3.99 for six, and "Pokal" wine glasses, $1.99 each.

14 Velvet ribbons on timber bobbins, $29 each, from The Country Trader. (02) 9698 4661. 

15 Gien "Filets Bleus" 26cm plate, $36.50, from The Bay Tree. (02) 9328 1101.

16 Cake cover, $395, from The Country Trader. (02) 9698 4661. 

17 Pâté jars, $13 each, from Honey Bee Homewares. (02) 9948 9908.

18 Côté Table "Baroque" plates and bowl, $29 each, from Honey Bee Homewares. (02) 9948 9908.

19 Gien "Filets Bleus" 23.2cm plate, $29.95, from The Bay Tree. (02) 9328 1101.

20 Copper soup bowls with fluted rims, $69.95 each, from The Bay Tree. (02) 9328 1101.

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