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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Chilled pea and coriander soup


"I read somewhere that peas picked and eaten fresh are reason enough to grow a garden, and I'd second that - they're among mine and my son Tristan's favourite vegetables," writes Dunn. "This chilled soup has that intense green flavour of peas, sweetness from their natural sugars and toasted spices to round out the experience. A beautiful start to a picnic or just a meal at home."

You'll need

50 ml olive oil 3 spring onions, thinly sliced 2 tsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp ground fennel 500 ml (2 cups) chicken or vegetable stock 200 gm shelled peas (from 500gm peas in pods) To serve: crème fraîche To serve: large handful of coriander leaves   Crisp shallots For deep-frying: vegetable oil 2 golden shallots, thinly sliced

Method

  • 01
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add spring onion and sauté until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add spices and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until spices are fragrant and mustard seeds begin to pop. Add stock and peas to saucepan and bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat and pour into a blender. Allow to cool for a few minutes before puréeing until smooth. Season soup with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and refrigerate until required.
  • 02
  • For crisp shallots, pour a 3cm depth of vegetable oil into a small saucepan and heat to 180C. Add shallots and fry until light golden and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer shallots to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  • 03
  • Serve soup topped with a spoonful of crème fraîche, some crisp shallots and coriander leaves.
Note This recipe is from The Agrarian Kitchen ($59.99, hbk) by Rodney Dunn, published by Lantern, and reproduced with minor GT style changes.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Good dry fino Sherry.

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Nov 2013

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