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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. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

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Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

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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

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

Apple and buttermilk fritters


These little fritters are very free-form in appearance, but no less tasty for it. Eat them as hot as you can stand without burning your tongue.

You'll need

250 gm (1 2/3 cups) plain flour, sieved 50 gm caster sugar 1½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon Finely grated rind of 1 lemon 250 ml (1 cup) buttermilk 2 eggs, separated 2 Granny Smith apples, coarsely grated For deep-frying: vegetable oil To serve: maple syrup (optional)   Cinnamon sugar 330 gm (1½ cups) caster sugar 3 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  • 01
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and lemon rind in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add buttermilk and egg yolks, stir until smooth, stir in apple. Set aside to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for cinnamon sugar, combine ingredients in a bowl, then spread on a tray and set aside.
  • 03
  • Preheat oil in a deep-fryer or deep-sided saucepan to 180C. Whisk eggwhites and a pinch of salt in a bowl until firm peaks form. Fold one-third of eggwhite into apple mixture to lighten, then fold in remaining eggwhite. Spoon rough quenelles of mixture into hot oil, in batches, and cook, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through (2-3 minutes; be careful as hot oil may spit). Drain with a metal sieve, toss in cinnamon sugar and serve hot with maple syrup.

At A Glance

  • Serves 30 people
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  • Serves 30 people

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