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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.

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Discovering Macedonia

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Lamb shoulder and bean stew


Beans cooked for this long would be overdone in most dishes, but in traditional Greek food they just work. This recipe is adapted from Modern Greek by Andy Harris.

You'll need

2 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, coarsely chopped 800 gm boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 3cm pieces 340 gm (about 3) vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1½ tbsp tomato paste 150 ml dry white wine 350 gm green beans, trimmed 2 tbsp dill, finely chopped, plus extra to serve 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 1 lemon, juice only

Method

  • 01
  • Heat olive oil in a large casserole over medium-high heat, add onion, sauté until tender (4-5 minutes), add lamb and cook until browned (5-6 minutes).
  • 02
  • Add tomato, tomato paste, wine and 125ml water, bring to the simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and cook until lamb is tender (1-1½ hours).
  • 03
  • Add beans and a little more water if required and cook until beans are very tender (15 minutes). Add herbs and lemon juice, season to taste, simmer until lamb is tender and sauce has reduced (30 minutes), scatter with extra dill and serve hot.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Rich shiraz.

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