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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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A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

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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.

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.

Quince and marzipan crumble


"Quince, autumn's hidden gem, turns from a pale yellow to a deep rich pink during cooking, and is always worth the wait," says Curtis Stone. "Little chunks of marzipan through the crumble add unexpected sweetness and fragrance." 

You'll need

90 gm (1/4 cup) honey Juice of 1 orange Juice of ½ lemon 2 vanilla beans, split, seeds scraped 160 gm caster sugar 1.8 kg quince (about 5), peeled, cored and each cut into 8 wedges 150 gm (1 cup) plain flour 120 gm marzipan, broken into rough pieces 100 gm cold unsalted butter, cut into 1cm cubes 25 gm slivered almonds 180 gm (3/4 cup) crème fraîche 2 tbsp pure icing sugar

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Whisk honey, juices, vanilla beans and seeds, and half the caster sugar in a bowl until smooth, then add quince and toss to coat. Transfer to a 1.5-litre roasting pan, cover with baking paper then with foil, and bake, stirring occasionally, until quince is tender and rosy (about 1¼ hours). Remove vanilla beans, baste fruit with liquid and leave to cool (10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, process flour, marzipan, remaining caster sugar and ¼ tsp salt in a food processor to fine crumbs. Add butter, pulse until clumps form, then add almonds and pulse to just mix through. Spread on a tray lined with baking paper and freeze until firm (10 minutes).
  • 03
  • Sprinkle crumble over quince mixture, then bake until crumble is golden brown and filling is bubbling (30-35 minutes). Cool for 10 minutes.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, whisk crème fraîche and icing sugar in a bowl until stiff peaks form, then serve with quince and marzipan crumble.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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Jun 2016

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