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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.

Pork, prawn and tofu fritters with salted chilli sauce


The salted chilli sauce is a great addition to almost any dish and handy to have in the fridge at all times. Minced chicken also works well in place of the pork for these fritters. Begin this recipe two days ahead to ferment the sauce.

You'll need

250gm coarsely minced pork 250gm uncooked prawns, coarsely chopped 100gm firm tofu, cut into 2cm dice 4 garlic cloves, finely grated 2cm piece ginger, peeled, finely grated 1 spring onion, finely chopped, plus extra thinly sliced ½ cup (loosely packed) coriander, finely chopped ¼ cup (loosely packed) garlic chives, finely chopped 1 tbsp soy sauce 1½ tsp Sichuan pepper, roasted, crushed 120 ml vegetable oil   Salted chilli sauce 300 gm long red chillies, coarsely chopped 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 cm piece of ginger, finely chopped 2 tsp caster sugar 1½ tbsp sea salt flakes 1½ tbsp apple cider vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • For salted chilli sauce, pulse ingredients in a food processor to just combine. Transfer to a sterile container or jar, cover and leave at room temperature to ferment, stirring occasionally with a sterile spoon, until small bubbles appear (24-48 hours; this will depend on room temperature). Sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • 02
  • Combine pork, prawn, tofu, garlic, ginger, spring onion, coriander, garlic chives, soy sauce and Sichuan pepper in a bowl and season to taste. Refrigerate for 30 minutes for flavours to develop.
  • 03
  • Heat 30ml oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry tablespoonfuls of mixture, turning once, until golden and cooked through (2-3 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Cover and keep warm, and repeat in batches with remaining mixture and oil. Scatter with spring onion and serve with salted chilli sauce.

At A Glance

  • Serves 26 people
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  • Serves 26 people

Drink Suggestion

Fresh young riesling

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Aug 2016

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