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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. 

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.

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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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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.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

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.

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.

Strawberry and mascarpone rolled sponge


"A rolled sponge is not as tricky as it looks: the secret is to roll the sponge as soon as it comes out of the oven. When it cools, it will retain the shape - just be careful, for it'll also be more brittle. There's no baking powder in the sponge mixture, so every opportunity needs to be taken to incorporate air," writes Dunn. "Whisk the eggs and sugar until they are really pale in colour and go gently when folding in the flour."

You'll need

500 gm mascarpone 75 gm caster sugar 1 egg, separated 200 gm strawberries, hulled and halved   Sponge cake 3 eggs 80 gm caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 80 gm plain flour ¼ tsp finely grated lemon rind 1 tbsp melted butter

Method

  • 01
  • For sponge cake, preheat oven to 180C and line a 32cm x 22cm baking tin with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, whisk eggs and sugar until thick and pale and doubled in volume. Add vanilla and whisk until just combined. Sift a third of the flour over and fold in gently using a large metal spoon. Sift remaining flour over, then add lemon rind and melted butter and gently fold everything together. Transfer sponge mixture to prepared tin, spreading it out evenly, and bake until golden (8-10 minutes). Carefully turn out onto a clean tea towel and remove baking paper. Roll up sponge in tea towel, starting from one of the long sides, then leave to cool.
  • 02
  • Whisk mascarpone, 50 gm sugar and the egg yolk in a bowl until very thick. In a separate bowl and with a clean whisk, whisk eggwhite until soft peaks form, then gradually add remaining sugar and whisk to firm peaks. Fold eggwhite mixture through the mascarpone.
  • 03
  • Unroll sponge and remove tea towel. Spread mascarpone mixture over the inside and place strawberries on top. Carefully roll up sponge, then refrigerate until firm.
  • 04
  • To serve, use a serrated knife to cut into 2cm slices.
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 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Sherbetty moscato.

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Nov 2013

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