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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.

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. 

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.

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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.

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.

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2014 GT Australian Restaurant Guide launch

  • Alpha chef Peter Conistis

Plenty of plates were flying at Greek hotspot Alpha last night, but they weren't for the smashing. Our crack team of reviewers has combed the land for its best eating, and their hard work has paid off in the form of a new edition of Australia's national restaurant guide. The country's top chefs jetted in to Sydney for the launch of the guide and for the announcement of the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards over a fittingly epic evening of eating and drinking.

Chef Peter Conistis and his team kept things real in the kitchen, while Nine's Leila McKinnon brought plenty of sparkle to the stage in her role as MC. The night kicked off with some inspiring words from sponsor Vittoria Coffee, and some equally stirring drinks from Tanqueray.

"Vittoria Coffee has been a consistent sponsor of Gourmet and these awards for many, many years," said Vittoria CEO Les Schirato. "And by sponsoring these awards tonight, it's a great honour for me to be able to put back into this industry that's been so good to me and that I love so much."

The chefs, meanwhile, made the most of having someone else cook for them for a change. Some of the happiest faces in the room were those of the team from Bar Di Stasio, Bar of the Year winner, and the Monopole crew, which picked up Wine List of the Year. Sydney's Mr Wong romped in for the New Restaurant of the Year award, Queensland scored with Maîtres d' of the Year going to Drew Patten and Andrew Buchanan of Urbane, while Perth's Sam Ward picked up the Best New Talent gong for his work at El Público. Tasmania, meanwhile, had a win with The Stackings breaking Victoria's stranglehold on the Regional Restaurant of the Year award.

"It's so nice to be nominated," said David Moyle, head chef at The Stackings,"but to win it up against such great competition is just pretty shocking". 

This isn't to say Victoria didn't hold its own - far from it, in fact. George Biron, chef and proprietor of country dining institution Sunnybrae was celebrated for his contribution to hospitality, and Campbell Burton, of Melbourne's Moon Under Water, won Sommelier of the Year. In the peer-voted Chef of the Year award it was Andrew McConnell, of Cutler & Co., who came up trumps.

Nine restaurants around the country scored the coveted three-star rating, and at the end of the countdown came the big one: Restaurant of the Year. Sydney's Momofuku Seiobo beat fierce competition to be named the number-one restaurant on the new Gourmet Traveller Top 100.

"Our team's worked so hard since they've been here. We're not even two years old yet, so hopefully things are just going to get better -  the team's going to get stronger and just keep on pushing," said Momofuku Seiobo's Ben Greeno.

Thanks to Vittoria Coffee, Tanqueray and supporting sponsors Smeg, Citizen and Domo, we're proud to bring you the new edition of the  restaurant guide. For your copy, and for details on all the award winners, grab the September issue of Gourmet Traveller, on sale now.

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