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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.
Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.
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.
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Lennox Hastie is blazing a trail at his new Sydney
restaurant, Firedoor, and you're invited to join the
Lennox Hastie can handle the heat.
The chef, now based in Sydney, spent five years stoking and smoking in the Basque Country at acclaimed wood-fire restaurant Etxebarri, so it comes as no surprise that his new restaurant, Firedoor, in Sydney's Surry Hills is the hottest ticket in town. "When you take something as good as raw fire, a good-quality ingredient and a bit of care, that's all it requires," says Hastie.
As at Etxebarri, the Firedoor kitchen burns everything from olive and ironbark to wine barrels and grapevines. "You say to people 'wood-fired' and they think pizza; you say 'grilled', they think barbecue," says Hastie. "This is only one expression of burning."
At this month's Fine Dining Lovers reader dinner, Hastie's menu showcases the season's best ingredients and the subtle flavours that result from cooking over embers. Kicking things off on the night is a rich, set-to-order Jersey curd, smoked using cherry wood. Slivers of guanciale and pecans cling to winter leaves charred over apple wood. "It's a beautiful combination at this time of year," says Hastie. Aged lamb rump cap is accompanied by cavolo nero and borlotti beans, while banana ice-cream with wild honeycomb and ganache (made with smoked water) ends the meal.
"As humans, I think we're all addicted to fire, to a certain degree," says Hastie. "It's such a beautiful way to cook." You've got our attention, chef.
Join us for dinner at 6.30pm on Monday 27 July at Firedoor, 23-33 Mary St, Surry Hills, NSW. The cost of $130 per person includes seven courses, wines by the glass, S.Pellegrino water and a $10 donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. To book, call (02) 8204 0800. For more on the OCRF, call 1300 OVARIAN or visit ocrf.com.au.
Ferdinand's Gin Cocktail
* Wood-fired bread
* Smoked Jersey curd with pickled vegetables
* Wild kingfish with fennel and herb oil
* Grilled leaves with guanciale and pecans
* Gurnard with cime di rapa and Jerusalem artichoke
* Brussels sprouts and smoked ham hock
* Lamb rump cap with cavolo nero and borlotti beans
Si Vintners 2012 Margaret River Sémillon Chardonnay, WA
Brash Higgins 2014 'FRNC' Cabernet Franc, McLaren Vale, SA
* Banana ice-cream with smoked ganache and wild honeycomb
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