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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.

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.

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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

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.

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.

The second Gourmet Traveller Chinese-language edition is here

There's no holding us down. Just days after our October Paris issue hit the stands, comes the arrival of Gourmet Traveller's second Chinese-language edition.

For this issue, available now, we once again celebrate the best of Australia's eats, retreats and wine with the help of some of the country's finest taste-makers.

From our picks of where to dine right now in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to the inside scoop on Sydney's growing gelato scene, lovers of style, food and drink are well looked after.

There's also plenty of travel to inspire your next weekend away, including a road trip along the New South Wales South Coast, a guide to Australia's best vineyards and a look inside the stunning Como The Treasury hotel in Perth.

"We love talking about great food, wonderful dining experiences and how to make the most of whatever destination takes your fancy next," says GT publisher Cornelia Schulze. "While we do cover the whole world, Australia is naturally very special to us, and this is a fantastic way to showcase it to international visitors."

Spanning 100 pages, this special edition also includes insider tips on where to ring in this October's Chinese Golden Week, luxe chocolate recipes, a guide to Melbourne's inspired take on breakfast and a complete lowdown on the $50 million refurbishment of Lizard Island.

"Our first Chinese-language edition flew off the shelves in record time, so the decision to produce a second one was easy," says Schulze. "We can't wait to share it with you."

The second Gourmet Traveller Chinese-language edition is available from today in various locations including Qantas Lounges around the country, Westfields Chatswood and Bondi Junction, the Sydney Opera House and select newsagents and hotels nationally, while stocks last.

 

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