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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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

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.

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.

O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate, Sydney

Black Star Pastry's chocolate, strawberry and watermelon cake

Black Star Pastry's chocolate, strawberry and watermelon cake

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate in Sydney is an entire weekend shamelessly dedicated to the cacao brand of sweet tooth. The festival launched in 2014 and Sydney's appetite for it has grown each year. Last year a whopping 112,000 chocolate lovers hit The Rocks for treats and tastings from numerous bean-to-bar and artisan producers, as well as cooking demonstrations from some of the country's best chocolatiers and chefs.

There'll be more than 80 stalls at this year's festival - but don't expect blocks and bars alone. Chocolate ice-cream, Dutch pancakes, macarons and, perhaps the main act, a limited-edition chocolate version of Black Star Pastry's Insta-famous strawberry and watermelon cake are all part of the program. The luxed-up version of the Black Star cake is made with dark chocolate dacquoise layers, white chocolate mousse and white chocolate Valrhona pearl crisps and shavings.

"What makes the original cake so special is its delicate floral notes and light texture," says Black Star chef and owner Christopher Thé. "The mouthfeel of this recipe is far richer than the original, but still surprisingly light and full of vibrant fruit flavour."

This is the second year Black Star has participated in the event; last year they débuted the chocolate version of the cake and sold more than 3,000 pieces over two days. "This year we're planning to bring double that amount," says Thé.

Black Star will be joined over the weekend by chefs including Anna Polyviou (Shangri-La Hotel), Carlos Heng (Mak Mak Macarons) and GT's food and style director Emma Knowles to host various cooking demonstrations on the Callebaut Test Kitchen stage. And how will Thé be taking five and getting his chocolate fix? "Watching the view of the harbour with a glass of Champagne and a slice of our cake," he says. See you there.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate, Saturday 10 September, 10am-8pm and Sunday 11 September, 10am-6pm; The Rocks, Sydney, smooth.com.au

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