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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. 

Esquites


"Corn is the number-one ingredient in Mexico and esquites [a street snack of grilled corn] is served on every other corner, so it seemed like a natural choice to have at the restaurant," says Ward. "I also have a special place for it in my heart - while I was in Oaxaca, I was hungry late one night but I wasn't too sure what to trust. I went and stood behind a bunch of cops in a line, as I figured if they were eating it, it must be good - it ended up being esquites."

You'll need

12 large corn cobs (about 300gm-400gm each) 60 ml (¼ cup) canola oil 2 white onions, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tbsp dried or fresh epazote (see note) Juice of ½ lime, plus 4 limes cut into cheeks, to serve 300 gm (1 cup) whole-egg mayonnaise 110 gm (1/3 cup) queso fresco, crumbled (see note) 1 cup (loosely packed) coriander 2 tsp chilli arbol powder, or to taste (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat a char-grill or barbecue to high heat. Remove all silks from corn, then grill until corn is a deep charred colour (20-25 minutes). Set aside to cool completely (15-20 minutes), then cut kernels from cob and set aside.
  • 02
  • Place oil, onion, garlic and epazote in a saucepan over medium heat and fry until onion and garlic are soft but not coloured (5-7 minutes). Add corn kernels, lime juice and 1.6 litres water and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
  • 03
  • Divide corn mixture among bowls (don’t add too much liquid). Spoon mayonnaise and cheese over and scatter with coriander and chilli powder. Just before serving, squeeze juice of lime cheeks over and mix everything together.

Note Epazote and arbol chilli powder are available from Fireworks Foods and Monterey Mexican Foods. At El Público they make their own queso fresco; it's difficult to find in Australia, but unsalty feta or fresh goat's cheese makes a good substitute.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Cerveza Pacífico Clara.

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Sep 2013

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