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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.

Restaurant Hubert's stracciatella with lemon and orange


"From rags to riches, king of the stretched curds," says Pepperell. "Add good anchovies, and stracciatella makes for a happy life." Begin this recipe a day ahead to infuse the oil.

You'll need

500 gm stracciatella di bufala (see note) Finely grated rind of 1 orange   Smoked lemon oil 125 ml (½ cup) olive oil 5 gm finely grated lemon rind (from about 2½ lemons) 150 gm (2 cups) woodchips

Method

  • 01
  • For smoked lemon oil, warm oil and lemon rind in a covered saucepan over very low heat to infuse (about 45 minutes). Cool, then refrigerate overnight. Strain. Transfer oil to a heatproof bowl placed in a large roasting pan. Heat woodchips in a frying pan over high heat until ignited and smoking (or do this with a blowtorch). Cover with another pan to smother flames, then transfer woodchips to roasting pan, cover with foil and leave to smoke for 15 minutes. Remove oil from pan and set aside to cool.
  • 02
  • Spread stracciatella on a serving plate and spoon on 2-3 tbsp lemon oil (remaining oil will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for a month). Sprinkle with orange rind, scatter with sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper, and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

Additional Notes

Note Stracciatella is available from specialist cheesemakers such as La Stella Latticini. If it’s unavailable, substitute burrata or buffalo mozzarella.

Drink Suggestion

2014 Willi Schaefer Graacher Riesling, Trocken.

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April 2016

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