Healthy Eating

We're championing fresh food that packs a flavour punch, from salads and vegetable-packed bowls to grains and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller for your chance to win a $20,000 Flight Centre gift card! Offer ends 24 May 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

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. 

Farro recipes

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.

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.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

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.

Sichuan fish


You'll need

2 eggwhites 1 tsp cornflour ½ tsp finely ground white pepper 600 gm skinless barramundi fillets, cut into 4cm pieces 100 ml olive oil 3 celery stalks, sliced 1 spring onion, coarsely chopped 1 tsp chilli bean sauce (see note) 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns 10 small dried chillies, lightly crushed 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine 1 tbsp soy sauce To serve: steamed Chinese broccoli and steamed jasmine rice

Method

  • 01
  • Whisk eggwhite, cornflour and pepper in a bowl to combine, season with salt to taste, add barramundi pieces and toss to coat.
  • 02
  • Heat 20ml oil in a large deep non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, add barramundi in batches and cook, turning carefully, until golden (1-2 minutes each side). Remove from pan and set aside.
  • 03
  • Add celery to pan and stir until just tender (1-2 minutes), then add spring onion and stir to combine. Add chilli bean sauce and stir until fragrant (1 minute). Add 375ml water, return fish to pan and simmer until tender (2-3 minutes).
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, add Sichuan peppercorns and chillies, stir to combine then add Shaoxing and soy sauce. Carefully pour onto fish (be careful, hot oil will spit). Serve hot with steamed Chinese broccoli and steamed jasmine rice.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

You might also like...

Fuss-free summer recipes

recipes

Rigatoni with mushrooms pecorino and herb crumbs

Fast autumn recipes

recipes

Flathead with crushed peas

Fast summer recipes

recipes

Pan-fried John Dory agrodolce with endive and goat’s cheese

Fast seafood recipes

recipes

Sparkling cherry crush

Fast summer dinners

recipes

Bullshot

Six fast noodle recipes

recipes

Tequila and sangrita

Spirulina Rush

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×