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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. 

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.

Farro recipes

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.

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.

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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.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

Pea and ham soup

Tequila Sunrise slushie


A Tequila Sunrise can be a less than appetising concoction of orange juice (all too often pre-packaged, rather than freshly squeezed) and tequila, stained at the bottom with grenadine to create the signature "sunrise" effect. Less well-known is the original, a rather more appealing combination of lime juice (fresh, of course), tequila and crème de cassis. This is our interpretation of the original version - as a cocktail slushie. Start this recipe a day ahead to freeze the granita.

You'll need

To serve: crème de cassis and lime wedges   Tequila-lime granita 330 gm (1½ cups) caster sugar 300 ml lime juice 100 ml tequila blanco 100 ml soda water

Method

  • 01
  • For tequila-lime granita, stir sugar and 375ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients, then refrigerate until chilled. Transfer to a container and freeze until firm (overnight). Scrape into ice crystals with a fork and freeze again until required. Scrape with a fork once again just before serving to loosen the ice crystals.
  • 02
  • To serve, spoon tequila-lime granita into chilled serving glasses and drizzle with crème de cassis. Top up with more granita and serve with extra cassis to taste, and lime wedges.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

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Nov 2013

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