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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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Potato salad with green mayonnaise


This is a perfect spring salad to serve alongside almost any meat- roast lamb, beef or chicken, for instance - or pan-fried fish. Finishing the potatoes with white wine and stock adds extra layers of flavour, while a herbaceous mayonnaise keeps things fresh and interesting. Add the lemon juice to the mayonnaise just before serving to maintain its bright green colour.

You'll need

1.2 kg small potatoes, such as baby Desiree, kipfler or Dutch cream, scrubbed 100 ml dry white wine 50 ml chicken stock (optional) 2 golden shallots, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 cup (loosely packed) watercress sprigs To serve: beetroot cress (optional)   Green mayonnaise 2 egg yolks 1½ tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tsp Dijon mustard 180 ml olive oil ¼ cup each coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, mint and tarragon, plus extra to serve Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon, or to taste

Method

  • 01
  • Boil potatoes in a large saucepan of salted water until tender (10-15 minutes). Drain, cool slightly, halve and return to pan with wine, stock, shallots and garlic. Season to taste and stir gently over medium-high heat until liquid evaporates (1-2 minutes). Set aside to cool.
  • 02
  • For green mayonnaise, whisk yolks, vinegar and mustard in a bowl to combine. Gradually add oil in a thin, steady stream, whisking continuously until emulsified. Whisk in herbs and lemon rind, season to taste and set aside. Just before serving, stir in lemon juice.
  • 03
  • Add green mayonnaise to potatoes according to taste (refrigerate leftover mayonnaise for up to a week) and toss to coat well. Scatter with watercress, beetroot cress and extra herbs, and serve at room temperature.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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Oct 2013

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