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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.

Gruyère and prosciutto sour cream tart


This is a luxe take on quiche Lorraine. Because of the depth of the tart and the amount of filling, we've precooked the custard mixture over a bain-marie to ensure it cooks through in the oven without the tart burning.

You'll need

1½ tbsp olive oil 2 onions, finely chopped 150 gm piece prosciutto, finely chopped, plus 8 thin slices 1 tsp chopped thyme 11 eggs, at room temperature 500 gm sour cream 300 ml pouring cream 200 gm Gruyère, coarsely grated   Pastry 180 gm butter, finely chopped 350 gm (2 1/3 cups) plain flour 1 egg yolk

Method

  • 01
  • For pastry, process butter, flour and a pinch of salt in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add yolk and 60ml iced water, process until just combined. Form pastry into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour). Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick, then line a buttered and floured 24cm-diameter springform tin lined on the base with baking paper. Trim edges, prick base with a fork, refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 190C. Blind bake pastry until starting to turn golden (25-30 minutes), remove paper and weights and bake until cooked and light golden (10-15 minutes). Keep warm.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add onion and chopped prosciutto, sauté until tender (5-10 minutes). Add thyme, season to taste, set aside.
  • 04
  • Whisk eggs, sour cream and cream in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Season to taste, then stir continuously over a saucepan of simmering water until mixture coats the back of a spoon thickly (10-15 minutes). Stir in Gruyère and onion mixture, spoon into pastry case. Reduce oven to 175C and bake tart until set (30-40 minutes). Cool to room temperature in tin on a wire rack (2-3 hours).
  • 05
  • Meanwhile, place prosciutto slices on an oven tray lined with baking paper and bake, turning occasionally, until crisp (10-15 minutes). Place on top of tart and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people

Drink Suggestion

Spicy, full-bodied pinot gris.

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Nov 2010

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