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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. 

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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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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.

Discovering Macedonia

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Baked ricotta with Angel's mum's chilli salsa


"We were at a barbecue at my mother's house before we opened," says Angel Fernandez. "It was a proper South American barbecue with jerk and ribs, morcilla and chorizo, and Mum always has some kind of chilli. That day she made a salsa with coriander, parsley and vinegar. The guys loved it, so it had to go on the menu. We make the base ahead and then we add the tomatoes and herbs fresh every day."

You'll need

1 kg firm ricotta 1 tsp each chilli flakes and dried oregano 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil To serve: sourdough, thickly sliced   Chilli salsa 2 ripe vine-ripened tomatoes, scored 1 long red chilli, coarsely chopped 75 ml extra-virgin olive oil 1½ cups (loosely packed) coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped coriander ¾ cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped oregano ½ Spanish onion, finely diced 75 ml light olive oil 75 ml white wine vinegar 1 garlic clove, crushed

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 230C. Divide ricotta among six 250ml ovenproof dishes. Scatter chilli and oregano over, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and bake until oil is bubbling (10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for chilli salsa, blanch tomatoes (20-40 seconds), peel, discard seeds, dice and place in a bowl. Pound chilli to a paste with a mortar and pestle, stir in 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil and add to tomato. Add remaining ingredients, season to taste, spoon onto baked ricotta and serve with sourdough.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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2011 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Marche, Italy.

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