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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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"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.

Oyster fritters with tamarind sauce


"When cooked, oysters take on a meaty texture, and in a fritter such as this they're enough to convert the most ardent oyster naysayer," says Dunn.

You'll need

75 gm (½ cup) plain flour 65 gm (1/3 cup) rice flour 100 gm (1/3 cup) potato flour ½ tsp baking powder 2 tsp caster sugar 1 egg 18 oysters 1 carrot, cut into julienne 1 Spanish onion, halved lengthways and thinly sliced 2 spring onions, thinly sliced For deep-frying: vegetable oil   Tamarind sauce 70 gm palm sugar, finely chopped 2 tbsp fish sauce 2 tsp rice vinegar 1 long red chilli, finely chopped 2 tsp tamarind paste

Method

  • 01
  • For tamarind sauce, stir palm sugar and 60ml water in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and simmer until caramelised (8-10 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in fish sauce and vinegar (be careful, mixture may spit), then add chilli and tamarind and set aside until required.
  • 02
  • In a large bowl combine flours, baking powder and caster sugar. Make a well in the centre, add egg and 1 cup (250ml) water and whisk to form a smooth batter. Add oysters and vegetables and stir to combine. Heat vegetable oil in a large deep saucepan or deep-fryer to 180C. Add spoonfuls of mixture and deep-fry in batches, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden (2-3 minutes; be careful, hot oil may spit). Drain on a plate lined with absorbent paper and serve fritters hot with tamarind sauce.

At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

Drink Suggestion

Bottle-aged riesling.

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Aug 2013

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