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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.
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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.
Our guide to the best of the region.
The Dolphin 2.0 involves a Christo-inspired
fit-out by star designer George Livissianis with lots of calico,
natural wine poured by the drum by former Wine Library and Buzo chief vinophile James Hird, and a menu of
"Terzini-come-of-age classics" by Icebergs chef Monty Koludrovic.
It draws inspiration in part from Terzini's recent adventures at Icebergs and Da Orazio - wine-laced wagyu bresaola and wood-fired pizza, for instance - and his years at St Kilda's Melbourne Wine Room.
"We've divided the space into three different areas - a classic public bar, a wine room and a dining room - so you have three separate spaces under the one roof," says Terzini.
"We wanted to change the concept of what a pub is and bring it more into 2016."
This month, join us in taking a first look at The Dolphin. Saddle up for a modern Italian menu that references the Icebergs edge - foie gras toast with marinated bonito, for instance - alongside modern pub fare such as lamb neck with potato dumplings.
"Sometimes the industry is a bit too serious," says Terzini. "We're upholding our values and farm-to-bar approach, but we're having fun along the way.
"We're not just inspired by food and wine; it's just as much about lifestyle." Welcome to the new age.
Join us for dinner at 6.30pm on Monday 27 June at The Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW. The cost of $125 includes four courses and a $10 donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
To book, call (02) 9331 4800. For more on the OCRF, call
1300 OVARIAN or visit ocrf.com.au.
* Bonito and foie gras cracker
* Blackmore wagyu bresaola
NV Paltrinieri "Leclisse" Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna
* Wood-fired focaccia aglio e olio
* Calamari Sant'Andrea
* Roast peppers, anchovies, sorrel and croûtons
2014 Oltretorrente Cortese, Piedmont
* Pot-roasted lamb neck, gnocchi, tarragon and olives
* Peas, mint, cabbage and truffle
2015 Ravensworth Sangiovese, Murrumbateman, NSW
* Meyer lemon delicious, mascarpone and almonds
2014 Gatti Piero Moscato, Piedmont
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