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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

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Honey-baked goat’s cheese with walnut, pear and frisée


This dish is similar to one we devoured at Sydney's Ash St Cellar. We've added walnuts to our version and served it with a salad of shaved sweet pear and bitter frisée for a fresh touch. If you can't find individual fresh goat's cheeses, buy a log instead and cut it into rounds.

You'll need

2 tbsp walnut oil, plus extra for brushing 2 individually sized goat’s cheeses (about 125gm each) such as Cabridoux 100 gm honey 30 gm walnut halves, roasted and coarsely chopped ½ lemon, juice only ½ garlic clove, finely chopped 10 ml tarragon vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 William pear, halved lengthways 1 cup (loosely packed) frisée To serve: toasted baguette

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat a grill to high heat. Lightly brush two 375ml-capacity oven dishes with walnut oil and place a goat’s cheese in each. Drizzle half the honey over each, scatter with half the walnuts, season to taste with freshly ground pepper and grill until bubbling and golden (8-10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine lemon juice, garlic, vinegar and mustard in a bowl. Whisking continuously, add walnut oil in a thin steady stream until emulsified, season to taste. Thinly shave pear on a mandolin, add to dressing with frisée, toss lightly to combine. Serve immediately with honey-baked goat’s cheese and toasted baguette.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Lightly sweet Loire chenin blanc.

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Jul 2009

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