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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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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.

“Cheesecakes” with raspberry and blood orange


You'll need

160 gm (1 cup) almonds, preferably activated (see note) 90 gm unsweetened shredded dried coconut Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean 6 fresh medjool dates, pitted, coarsely chopped   “Cheesecake” 450 gm cashew nuts, soaked in water for 4-6 hours, drained and rinsed 240 gm raw unfiltered honey 220 ml freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8 large limes) Scraped seeds from 1 vanilla bean 220 gm coconut oil, softened   Poached raspberry and blood orange 400 gm frozen raspberries 1 each blood and navel oranges, peeled and thinly sliced 8 rosella (hibiscus) flowers (see note) Zested rind and juice of 1 lemon 1 each cinnamon quill, star anise and clove

Method

  • 01
  • Coarsely process almonds, coconut, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt in a food processor. Add dates and pulse to just combine (don’t overprocess as mixture will become oily). Divide among 8-10, 200ml-250ml glasses and set aside.
  • 02
  • For “cheesecake”, process cashew nuts, honey, lime juice, vanilla and ½ tsp sea salt in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add coconut oil and process to combine. Pour onto crumble and refrigerate until set (3 hours or overnight).
  • 03
  • For poached raspberries and blood orange, combine ingredients with 60ml filtered water in a saucepan and stir occasionally over low heat until lightly poached (3-5 minutes). Set aside to cool, then refrigerate until chilled (1 hour). Discard spices before serving.
  • 04
  • To serve, top cheesecakes with poached raspberry and blood orange, and drizzle with extra poaching juices to taste.

Note Activated almonds are available from health-food shops. Rosella flowers are available from native-food suppliers such as Outback Pride.


At A Glance

  • Serves 8 - 10 people
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  • Serves 8 - 10 people

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