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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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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.

Poached turkey and prawn salad with avocado dressing


Here the traditional turkey is paired with prawns, the Australian Christmas classic, giving it a fresh summer twist. Poaching turkey breast is a great way to keep the meat juicy. Try the avocado dressing dolloped over a simple crisp iceberg salad, too.

You'll need

1 turkey breast (about 550gm) 1 lemon, quartered 3 cobs sweetcorn For grilling: olive oil 350 gm asparagus 400 gm cherry tomatoes 350 gm cooked prawns, peeled, tails left intact 1 cup (loosely packed) basil leaves   Avocado dressing 1 medium avocado ¼ cup finely chopped chives ¼ cup finely chopped tarragon 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 100 ml double cream 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp lemon juice 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • Place turkey breast in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and add lemon and 1 tsp salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and poach for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and leave turkey in the warm liquid for 30 minutes.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, heat a barbecue or char-grill pan to high heat, brush corn with oil and grill, turning occasionally, until char lines appear (5-6 minutes). Remove from heat and, using a sharp knife, cut kernels from cobs. Drizzle asparagus with oil and toss to coat, then grill, turning occasionally, until bright green and charred (2-3 minutes). Grill cherry tomatoes, turning occasionally, until tender (2-3 minutes).
  • 03
  • For avocado dressing, halve and pit avocado and scoop flesh into a blender. Add the remaining ingredients except oil and 1 tsp flaky sea salt and blend, scraping down the sides, until mixture is smooth. With motor running, add oil in a thin steady stream until combined.
  • 04
  • Remove turkey from poaching liquid and coarsely shred. Combine with prawns, basil leaves and grilled vegetables, season and serve dolloped with spoonfuls of avocado dressing.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Off-dry riesling.

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Dec 2015

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