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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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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.

Lemon dream

"This cake is the new religion at Flour and Stone, and never fails to send those worshipping it into a dream of billowy clouds," says Ingram. "It has come to many parties, including one where its name was changed to reflect the euphoric place it transports you to."

Patsara


"My sons called this dish 'spinach quiche' when they were little. It's a traditional dish that uses polenta as a base."

You'll need

1 large bunch or 2 small bunches English spinach 1 onion, diced 60 ml (¼ cup) sunflower oil 150 gm feta 150 gm firm ricotta 3 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tbsp plain flour 250 ml (1 cup) milk   Base 400 gm coarse polenta 275 gm self-raising flour 60 ml (¼ cup) sunflower oil 1 tsp baking powder For greasing: butter

Method

  • 01
  • Prepare your spinach by washing it and finely shredding it. Sprinkle salt over it and crush it with your hands, continuing to do so until the spinach has wilted. Squeeze out any excess liquid and place the spinach in a bowl.
  • 02
  • Sauté the onion in 1 tbsp oil on a medium-high heat until it is translucent (4-5 minutes). Spoon the onion into the spinach while it is hot. This will wilt the spinach further. Grind pepper into the spinach, stir to combine and allow to cool.
  • 03
  • While the spinach is cooling, make your base. In a big bowl, pour in the polenta, 2 cups boiling water and 1 tsp salt. Stir vigorously, making sure there are no lumps. Add the flour, oil and baking powder, and mix to combine. Set aside to cool.
  • 04
  • Butter a 40cm round small-sided cake tin. Press polenta mixture into base and up sides of tin. Ensure that a lip is formed up the sides of the tin, giving it the appearance of a pastry.
  • 05
  • Crumble the feta and ricotta into the spinach. Mix well. Taste to see if more salt is needed and add salt accordingly. Add the eggs and remaining oil and mix again. Pour the spinach and cheese mixture into the base and flatten with your hands.
  • 06
  • Sprinkle the flour on top, then sprinkle with half the milk to moisten the flour. This will form the crust.
  • 07
  • Bake at 180C, using the remaining milk to moisten the crust as it bakes, until the polenta is golden and crusty (45 minutes). Serve hot.

Note This recipe is from Sweet Greek: Simple Food & Sumptuous Feasts ($39.95), published by Melbourne Books, and has been edited.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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