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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. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

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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.

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.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

Carne asada tacos


Chismol is Honduras's answer to pico de gallo. If you have time to make your own tortillas, you'll take this dish to a new level.

You'll need

1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp finely chopped oregano 1 tbsp olive oil 3 oyster blade steaks (250gm each) Juice of 1 lime, plus lime halves to serve 8 white flour tortillas To serve: crumbled feta, thinly sliced radish and coriander   Chismol 2 ripe vine-ripened tomatoes ½ white onion, cut into small dice ½ red capsicum, cut into small dice Juice of 1 lime 1½ tbsp coarsely chopped oregano leaves

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat grill to high heat. Dry-roast cumin seeds until fragrant and toasted (1 minute), set aside to cool slightly, then coarsely crush with a mortar and pestle. Place half in a bowl and reserve for the chismol. Place remainder in a non-reactive container with garlic, oregano and oil and season to taste. Add steaks, turn to coat and set aside while you prepare the chismol.
  • 02
  • For chismol, halve tomatoes, squeeze out the seeds (discard), then dice tomato and place in a bowl. Add onion, capsicum, lime juice, oregano, reserved cumin, 2 tbsp cold water and 1 tsp sea salt flakes and mix to combine.
  • 03
  • Add lime juice to steaks, turn to coat, then transfer to grill and grill, turning once, until caramelised and cooked medium-rare (8 minutes). Set aside to rest (5 minutes), then thinly slice.
  • 04
  • Heat a cast-iron frying pan or comal griddle and heat tortillas over high heat, turning occasionally, until golden and warmed through (20-30 seconds each side). Wrap in a tea towel to steam lightly and keep warm. Serve with steak, chismol, feta, radish and coriander and serve with lime halves and extra chismol.

Note Comal griddles and tortilla presses are available from Monterey Mexican Foods.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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Dec 2013

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