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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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Barramundi Niçoise


"The barramundi at Felix is delicious. I would love to make if the chefs wouldn't mind sharing the recipe."
Stacey Ellis, Chippendale, NSW

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You'll need

400 gm kipfler potatoes, scrubbed 1 egg, at room temperature 200 gm green beans, trimmed 4 barramundi fillets (about 180gm each), skin on 50 ml vegetable oil 50 gm butter, coarsely chopped 100 gm semi-dried tomatoes 75 gm piquillo peppers, thinly sliced (see note) 50 gm rocket 2 tbsp each basil and flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 12 anchovy fillets   Tapenade 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil 100 gm each pitted green olives and pitted black olives such as Kalamata, finely chopped 50 gm salted baby capers, rinsed   Chardonnay vinaigrette 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp chardonnay vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Generously cover potato with salted cold water in a saucepan, bring to the boil and cook until tender (12-15 minutes), Drain and set aside to cool. Peel, cut into 1cm-thick rounds and set aside.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, cook egg in a small saucepan of simmering water until soft-boiled (7 minutes), drain, cool under running cold water, peel, quarter and set aside.
  • 03
  • Blanch beans until bright green (1 minute). Refresh, drain and set aside.
  • 04
  • For tapenade, combine ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • 05
  • For chardonnay dressing, whisk ingredients together, season to taste and set aside.
  • 06
  • Season fish to taste. Heat oil in a large ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat, add fish skin-side down, press lightly with a spatula, and cook until skin is crisp (2-3 minutes). Turn fish, transfer pan to oven and roast until just cooked through (6-8 minutes). Remove from oven, return to medium-high heat, add butter and spoon melted butter over fish until fish is crisp and golden (2-3 minutes). Set aside.
  • 07
  • Combine tomato, peppers, rocket, herbs, potato and beans in a bowl, drizzle with a little dressing and season to taste. Divide tapenade among plates, then top each plate with fish, salad, a quarter of an egg and 3 anchovies. Drizzle with a little more dressing and serve.

Note Piquillo peppers are a sweet red pepper. They're available in tins or jars from select grocers and delicatessens; if they're unavailable, substitute roasted red capsicum.


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  • Serves 4 people
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Oct 2013

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