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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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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.

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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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.

Prawn briouats


"I use a hand-rolled pastry by Basak Pastry that I buy from a Middle Eastern grocer for these Moroccan-style parcels," says Brigitte Hafner. "It's thicker than normal filo and comes in round sheets, and has an excellent texture - quite crunchy - when baked or deep-fried. Use filo if you can't find it." This recipe makes around 18 pastries.

You'll need

½ cup coarsely chopped coriander ¼ tsp each ground coriander and paprika 1/8 tsp ground cumin ¼ garlic clove, coarsely chopped 450 gm (about 6) uncooked king prawns, peeled, deveined and coarsely chopped 1 egg yolk 3 sheets yufka pastry (see note) 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing, plus extra for shallow-frying 100 gm butter, melted, for brushing, plus extra for shallow-frying   Cucumber and mint yoghurt 280 gm (1 cup) Greek-style yoghurt 1 Lebanese cucumber, unpeeled, grated and pressed in a sieve to remove excess liquid 2 tbsp coarsely chopped mint leaves

Method

  • 01
  • For cucumber yoghurt, mix yoghurt and 1 tsp sea salt flakes in a bowl, transfer to a sieve lined with muslin placed over a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours to drain liquid. Meanwhile, drain cucumber in a sieve, pressing to remove excess liquid, then stir into yoghurt along with mint, season to taste and refrigerate until required.
  • 02
  • Process coriander, spices and garlic in a food processor to just combine, then add prawns and process briefly until prawn meat is coarsely chopped. Add egg yolk and a pinch of salt, and stir to combine.
  • 03
  • Working with a sheet of pastry at a time, brush half of each with a little melted butter mixed with olive oil, then fold over to make a double layer. Cut into 6cm x 20cm strips, then brush each with butter. Place a teaspoonful of prawn mixture close to a short edge of each strip, then fold corner up to form a triangle. Continue folding the strip over, keeping the triangle shape, until enclosed. Brush top with butter to prevent drying and refrigerate (don’t cover) on a tray lined with baking paper.
  • 04
  • Preheat oven to 180C and line an oven tray with baking paper. Shallow-fry pastries in equal quantities of olive oil and butter in a large frying pan in batches until golden brown (4-5 minutes), flip over, transfer to prepared tray and finish cooking in oven until crisp and cooked through (2-3 minutes). Serve with cucumber yoghurt.

Note Yufka pastry is available from Turkish and Middle Eastern grocers. If it's unavailable substitute 5 sheets of filo.


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