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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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Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

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.

O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Roast tomato soup with trahanas, Greek-style yoghurt and basil


"Trahanas is a sour-flavoured tiny pebble-shaped pasta made with buttermilk that is generally eaten throughout Greece for breakfast," says Conistis.

You'll need

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 kg ripe vine-ripened tomatoes, halved 130 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 2 Spanish onions, thinly sliced 3 thyme sprigs 1 tbsp white sugar, plus extra for seasoning 260 gm (1 cup) sheep’s milk yoghurt (see note) 1 small kohlrabi (about 180 gm), coarsely grated ½ cup (loosely packed) basil, thinly sliced 50 gm unsalted butter 195 gm (1 cup) trahanas (see note)   Vegetable stock 100 ml white wine 1 carrot, onion and ripe vine-ripened tomato, coarsely chopped ½ celery stalk, coarsely chopped ½ head of garlic, halved 1 each fresh thyme sprig and bay leaf 1 tsp black peppercorns

Method

  • 01
  • For vegetable stock, place ingredients and 1.5 litres water in a saucepan, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until well flavoured (30 minutes). Strain (discard solids) and set aside.
  • 02
  • Blanch 3 garlic cloves until just tender (1-2 minutes) and set aside.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Place tomatoes in a single layer in an oven dish, drizzle with 100ml oil, scatter onion, thyme and blanched garlic over and season with salt, pepper and a little sugar. Roast until tender and lightly browned (1 hour), then push through a sieve (discard skins and solids).
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, combine yoghurt, kohlrabi, basil, remaining oil and remaining garlic in a bowl, season to taste and refrigerate for flavours to combine (1 hour).
  • 05
  • Bring 1 litre vegetable stock to the boil in a saucepan. Melt butter in a separate saucepan over medium heat, add trahanas and stir occasionally for 2 minutes. Pour stock over and simmer until trahanas is tender (10-12 minutes). Add tomato liquid and sugar, return to the simmer and season to taste. Serve soup hot or cold with a large dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of oil.

Note Trahanas and sheep's-milk yoghurt are available from select Greek delicatessens.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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2012 Driopi, Agiorgitiko Rosé, Peloponnese, Greece.

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