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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.

Ginger-carrot cake with salted butterscotch frosting


This two-tiered cake serves a crowd, but you can make a single cake by halving the mixture and using one egg and an egg yolk. It also keeps well for two to three days.

You'll need

300 gm coarsely grated carrot (about 2 carrots) 200 gm (1 1/3 cups) plain flour 160 gm each caster sugar and brown sugar 120 gm shredded coconut or coconut flakes 100 gm oats, blitzed in a food processor 2½ tsp baking powder 2 tsp each ground cinnamon and ground ginger ½ tsp finely grated nutmeg and ground cloves Finely grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon 200 gm sour cream 100 ml almond oil 3 eggs To serve: chopped roasted hazelnuts, and carrot thinly shaved crossways and tossed in orange juice, brown sugar and cinnamon   Salted butterscotch frosting 30 gm butter, coarsely chopped 30 gm brown sugar 2 tsp golden syrup 100 gm sour cream 450 gm pure icing sugar, sieved

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Butter two 22cm-diameter springform cake tins and line bases and sides with baking paper. Stir carrot, dry ingredients, rinds and ½ tsp sea salt in a large bowl to combine and make a well in the centre. Whisk sour cream, almond oil and eggs in a separate bowl until smooth, add to well and stir to combine. Divide among prepared tins, smooth tops and bake, swapping tins halfway through cooking time, until golden brown and a skewer inserted withdraws clean (45-50 minutes). Cool in tins for 15 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 02
  • For salted butterscotch frosting, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat, then stir in sugar and golden syrup until smooth and sugar dissolves. Bring to the simmer and stir continuously until slightly thickened (1-2 minutes), stir in sour cream to combine, then remove from heat and stir in icing sugar until smooth. Stir in 1½ tsp sea salt flakes and set aside to cool to spreading consistency (15-20 minutes).
  • 03
  • Spread half the frosting over the top of each cake, then stack one cake on top of the other. Scatter with roast hazelnuts and the shaved carrot to serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 - 10 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 - 10 people

Drink Suggestion

Young Rutherglen muscat.

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Apr 2015

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