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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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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.

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.

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.

Merveilleux


These feather-light mouthfuls of meringue and whipped cream are a revelation - who knew something so simple could be so good? They're very versatile, too, lending themselves to any number of flavour variations. We've opted for a choc-orange combination with a hidden ganache centre. They're best eaten as soon as they're assembled while the meringue is still crisp.

You'll need

300 ml thickened cream 100 gm double cream 1 tbsp Cointreau To serve: finely grated bitter chocolate (80%-85% cocoa solids) and thinly sliced candied orange   Candied orange ganache 60 ml pouring cream 20 ml Cointreau 75 gm dark chocolate (53%-60% cocoa solids), finely chopped 25 gm milk chocolate, finely chopped 40 gm candied orange, diced   Orange meringues 120 gm eggwhite (about 3) 120 gm caster sugar 120 gm pure icing sugar, sieved Finely grated rind of 1 orange

Method

  • 01
  • For candied orange ganache, bring cream and liqueur to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add chocolate, remove from heat and stand for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth. Stir in candied orange and refrigerate until just firm (1-2 hours), then transfer to a piping bag with no nozzle attached and set aside at room temperature.
  • 02
  • For orange meringues, preheat oven to 120C (with no fan). Whisk eggwhite, sugar and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer until firm peaks form (6-8 minutes), fold in icing sugar and rind, spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm fluted nozzle and pipe into 12 paper patty cases. Bake until crisp but not coloured (1-1¼ hours), turn off heat and cool completely in oven (2 hours). Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • 03
  • Whisk creams and liqueur in an electric mixer to soft peaks, then transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 1cm fluted nozzle.
  • 04
  • To serve, pipe a small dollop of ganache in the centre of each meringue, then pipe cream over the top in concentric circles to form a high peak. Scatter with grated chocolate and candied orange, and serve immediately.

At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

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Oct 2015

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