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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.

Braised bacon with breakfast sauce


You'll need

  Braised bacon 600 gm piece bacon or speck, cut into 4 thick slices 2 fresh bay leaves 6 cloves 10 black peppercorns 1 onion, quartered   Breakfast sauce 100 gm tamarind pulp 60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic 7cm piece ginger, peeled and finely grated 3 tsp smoked paprika 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried chilli flakes 80 ml (1/3 cup) tomato sauce 200 ml plum sauce 80 ml (1/3 cup) fish sauce

Method

  • 01
  • For breakfast sauce, place tamarind in a bowl, cover with 200ml boiling water and stand for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and garlic, cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until soft and beginning to caramelise. Using the back of a spoon press tamarind through a sieve, reserving liquid and discarding pulp. Add tamarind liquid to saucepan with remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until thick. Makes about 500ml. Sauce will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 2 months.
  • 02
  • Place bacon in a large saucepan, add bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns and onion, cover with water and bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours or until tender. Serve bacon slices with breakfast sauce and zucchini fritters.

Note Serve this recipe with zucchini fritters.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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Sep 2007

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