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Aløft

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. 

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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.

Kale chips


"These are better done on the night," says Fassnidge. "This dish actually excites me, and for a vegetable to excite me, trust me, it's a good recipe."

You'll need

For deep-frying: vegetable oil 300 gm kale (about 1 bunch), leaves trimmed into large pieces To serve: pink salt and lemon wedges   Batter 150 gm (1 cup) plain flour 150 gm rice flour 150 gm cornflour ½ tsp each smoked hot paprika and cayenne pepper 2 egg yolks 500 ml (2 cups) soda water, chilled

Method

  • 01
  • For batter, mix flours together with smoked paprika and cayenne in a bowl, and season to taste. Whisk yolks with 60ml soda and combine with flour mixture. Whisk in remaining soda until batter is a smooth thickened cream consistency. Set aside to rest (30 minutes).
  • 02
  • Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 160C. Dip each piece of kale into the batter individually and let excess batter drip off, then carefully place in the fryer (take care, hot oil will spit). Fry 3-4 pieces at a time, turning occasionally, and remove when crisp and golden (1-2 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper then season with pink salt and serve with fresh lemon wedges for squeezing.

At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people

Drink Suggestion

2013 Chiyo Shuz “Shinomine Chokara” sake, chilled.

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Nov 2013

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