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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

The nights might be getting longer but in Sydney, at least, it makes for more time to savour Vivid Live. The brightest of the city's winter festivals is back in a swirl of light, music and ideas - and it's shining the spotlight on some of Sydney's favourite restaurants this year, too.

As part of Modulations, Carriageworks in Redfern plays host to the Italo Dining and Disco Club, a confluence of great tunes and the best in local Italian food, with Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, 10 William St, Fratelli Paradiso and Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta  all involved. The team has produced a menu that brings the best of each restaurant into one space, with old-school tunes to match.

"I grew up in Italy in the late '70s and lived the disco movement that a lot of people don't know about, so it's a really good opportunity to promote it," says Icebergs and Da Orazio's Maurice Terzini. "We're really looking forward to collaborating. We've got an inner circle and we're all out there to promote each other."

In the CBD, Martin Place will loosen the ties and possibly pop a button or two as it transforms after dark into Transcendence, a nightly light show by artist Joe Crossley. Surry Hills' own Porteño will be there cranking roast pork sandwiches with Savoy slaw and special sauce (among other Argentinian delights), while new Glebe favourite Thievery will bring you a fresh take on Lebanese street food.

As well as its headlining performance, the Lighting of the Sails, The Sydney Opera House is adding even more fun to the festival with the opening of The Deep Purple Pool Hall. Brought to you by Jeremy Blackmore and Alex Dowd of Tio's Cerveceria and The Cliff Dive, this new pop-up bar is just the place to take in the views of the harbour with a Vivid-themed cocktail in hand.

The Star is also a major Vivid player, serving up a number of sweet treats at a pop-up dessert bar, as well as an impressive line-up of dishes in the Vivid Lounge at Sky Terrace from the likes of Momofuku SeioboSokyo, and Balla.

Vivid Sydney runs from 6pm until midnight, 22 May until 8 June. The Sydney Opera House's The Deep Purple Pool Hall and Martin Place's Transcendence are open every evening of Vivid. Modulations at Carriageworks is open 5pm until late, 31 May and 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 June. 

 

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