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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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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.

Mackerel ceviche with avocado, ruby grapefruit and spanner crab


You'll need

2 ruby grapefruit 400 gm skinless Spanish mackerel fillets (about 4), halved lengthways and cut into 3cm pieces 1 tbsp arbequina extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (see note) 1 lemon, juice only 1 avocado, flesh cut into 1cm pieces To serve: chervil sprigs 50 gm spanner crab meat To serve: Spanish smoked paprika   Pickled cucumber 200 gm white sugar 100 ml white wine vinegar 1 cinnamon quill 1 star anise ½ telegraph cucumber, shaved into ribbons with a vegetable peeler

Method

  • 01
  • For pickled cucumber, combine all ingredients except cucumber in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves (3-5 minutes). Bring to the boil, remove from heat, cool, then add cucumber and set aside to cool completely.
  • 02
  • Peel grapefruit with a small sharp knife, then segment over a bowl to catch juices. Break segments into small pieces and reserve segments and juice separately.
  • 03
  • Place mackerel in a non-reactive dish, drizzle with 1 tbsp each of olive oil, lemon juice and reserved grapefruit juice and 1 tsp sea salt. Toss to combine, then stand until cured (4-5 minutes).
  • 04
  • Pile avocado in the centre of four plates. Top each with grapefruit, then mackerel mixture. Scatter with chervil sprigs, drizzle with extra olive oil, if desired, and serve immediately with pickled cucumber, crab meat and paprika to the side.
Note George Sideris sometimes substitutes ruby grapefruit with blood oranges and Valencia oranges, depending on what’s in season. Arbequina olive oil is pressed from arbequina olives grown predominantly in Catalonia. The oil is available from select supermarkets and delicatessens. If unavailable, substitute a good quality extra-virgin olive oil.

I have returned from another exquisite lunch of tapas at Delicado, McMahons Point. The Spanish mackerel ceviche with avocado, grapefruit and spanner crab is outstanding. Could you possibly persuade chef George Sideris to share the recipe?”
Amanda Holt, Lilyfield, NSW

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  • Serves 4 people
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