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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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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.

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.

Cucumber kimchi (oi kimchi)


"Eun makes all the kimchi at Moon Park because Korean people are better at making kimchi than people who aren't Korean - they eat it two or three times a day from the time they're old enough to eat solids, so they have a distinct home-field advantage," says Sears. This cucumber kimchi is a fairly gentle introduction to making kimchi, he says, because it's a lot easier than salting and squeezing out whole cabbages, and you don't have to wait two months to enjoy it - it's good to eat the next day (although better after two or three). "We serve it with nashi to add sweetness while countering some of the pungency and funk." Start the recipe at least a day ahead to ferment the kimchi.

You'll need

4 Joseon Korean cucumbers, or 2 telegraph cucumbers, cut into 5cm batons ½ nashi, thinly sliced To serve: radish sprouts   Kimchi marinade 15 gm piece ginger, finely grated 2 garlic cloves, crushed 20 gm salted krill 25 ml maesil (fermented plum extract) 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 tsp caster sugar 3 tsp perilla seed powder 1¼ tbsp gochugaru (dried chilli flakes)

Method

  • 01
  • Place cucumber in a bowl. Bring 400ml water and 15gm salt to the boil, then pour onto cucumber. Set aside to brine for 20 minutes, then drain, rinse and drain again. Set aside.
  • 02
  • For kimchi marinade, blend ginger, garlic, krill, maesil, fish sauce, sesame oil and sugar in a small food processor, then pass through a strainer into a bowl. Add perilla, gochugaru and cucumbers, place in a non-reactive container, cover and refrigerate overnight, but preferably for 2-3 days, until lightly fermented and sour.
  • 03
  • Serve cucumber kimchi garnished with nashi slices and radish sprouts.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

Drink Suggestion

2013 Ravensworth Riesling or Korean buja makgeolli.

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Jul 2014

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