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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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O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Pickled heirloom vegetables with blue-cheese dip


This dish was inspired by an entrée at Roy Choi's Los Angeles restaurant A-Frame.

You'll need

200 gm caster sugar 200 ml rice wine vinegar 3 Lebanese cucumbers, quartered lengthways 1 bunch radishes, trimmed and halved 1 bunch baby heirloom carrots, trimmed, large ones halved 2 nashi, cut into wedges For drizzling: extra-virgin olive oil To serve: finely chopped chives and toasted sesame seeds   Blue-cheese dip 60 gm mild blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola, coarsely crumbled 1 golden shallot, finely chopped ½ garlic clove, finely grated 150 gm sour cream 80 gm mayonnaise 2 tbsp tahini Juice of 1 lemon To taste: splash of Tabasco

Method

  • 01
  • Stir sugar, rice wine vinegar and 250ml water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the simmer, then set aside to cool. Pour into a non-reactive container, add vegetables and nashi, cover with baking paper and a plate to keep submerged. Refrigerate to pickle (4-6 hours). Before serving, drain well, place in a bowl and drizzle with a little oil.
  • 02
  • For blue-cheese dip, process ingredients in a food processor until smooth, season to taste, and serve scattered with chives and sesame seeds, with pickled vegetables for dipping.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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  • Serves 10 - 12 people

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Dec 2013

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