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Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Aløft

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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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.

Kisume, Melbourne

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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.

Prawn cocktail sandwiches


You'll need

  Sandwiches 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 small sourdough ficelles, halved, or 1 large sourdough baguette, cut into 4 pieces 12 butter lettuce leaves 20 cooked medium tiger prawns, peeled and cleaned To serve: lemon wedges   Tomato chilli mayonnaise 1 egg yolk 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2/3 cup light olive oil 1 egg tomato, peeled, seeded and finely chopped 2 tsp lemon juice 1 fresh red birdseye chilli, finely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • Combine onion and 1 tsp sea salt in a bowl and mix well, then leave for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, for tomato chilli mayonnaise, process egg yolk and mustard in a small food processor until combined, then, with motor running, add olive oil in a steady stream until thick and emulsified. Add tomato, lemon juice and chilli and process until smooth and combined. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and season to taste.
  • 02
  • Rinse red onion under cold water, then drain and pat dry on absorbent paper. Combine onion and vinegar in a bowl, season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and mix well.
  • 03
  • Cut bread in half horizontally and fill each piece with 3 lettuce leaves and 5 prawns. Top with a little marinated onion, drizzle with tomato chilli mayonnaise and season to taste with a little freshly ground black pepper.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

2006 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Rosé.

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