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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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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.

Cavolo nero and Fontina piadina


The lard in the pastry of this Romagnan classic creates a lovely flakiness. Don't wait for all of them to cook - these must be eaten straight from the pan.

You'll need

100 ml olive oil 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 200 gm young cavolo nero, coarsely torn 400 gm canned cherry tomatoes 2 tsp red wine vinegar 3 rosemary sprigs 250 gm Fontina, coarsely chopped   Piadina dough 525 gm (3½ cups) plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 115 gm cold lard, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • Heat 30ml olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic, stir occasionally until tender (5-6 minutes), add cavolo nero, cook until just wilted (3-4 minutes). Add tomato and 60ml water, season to taste, cook until thick (8-10 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in vinegar, cool.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining oil and rosemary in a small saucepan, cook over low heat until infused (4-5 minutes), set aside.
  • 03
  • For piadina dough, combine flour, bicarb soda and 1 tsp salt in the bowl of an electric mixer, add lard and with your fingertips, rub to combine. Add oil and 250ml water, mix on lowest speed with a dough hook until combined (2-3 minutes). Dough should come together easily and not be too dry; if it is, add extra water. Increase speed to high, knead until smooth and elastic (4-5 minutes). Divide dough into eight, form into balls, roll each on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick. Cover with a damp tea towel to prevent drying out.
  • 04
  • Preheat 2 tsp rosemary oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add one dough disc and cook until light golden in parts (1-2 minutes), turn and spread with a little cavolo nero mixture and scatter with an eighth of the cheese. Cook until underside is light golden in parts and cheese starts to melt (1-2 minutes). Season to taste, fold in half, turn and cook for another minute and transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining ingredients, drizzle with a little extra rosemary oil and serve immediately.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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May 2009

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