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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.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Aløft

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. 

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.

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

Hunter Valley NSW travel guide

Our guide to the best of the region.

Salopian Inn
Modern Australian
  • Cnr McMurtrie & Main Rds,
    McLaren Vale, SA
  • (08) 8323 8769,
    www.salopian.com.au/
  • Lunch Mon-Sun noon-3pm

    dinner Thu-Sun 6pm-9pm

Salopian Inn
-35.229609,138.551035

Convivial vibes and generous spirit inform proceedings in this handsomely revived 1850s inn. Chipper staff lead you to rustic table settings in eclectically furnished rooms, then down to a cellar packed with local and imported reds. Or you can taste one of the 200 gins displayed behind the bar. Start by cosying up to a Kangaroo Island Spirits gin with grapefruit zest, green olive and rosemary, then team it with sashimi of Port Lincoln tuna in a miso-based sauce with radish, cucumber ribbons and cheek-sucking lemon. Another entrée, steamed pork buns, is a little less exciting. Among the main courses, the fish-of-the-day snapper, hiding under a messy orange and green coverlet of baby carrots, harissa and fragrant coriander, is superb in both flavour and texture. Round off the meal with citrus trifle in a cocktail glass and an aromatic local roussanne - straw-coloured like the Willunga escarpment out the window. 


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $10-$24

    M $29-$35

    D $12-$18

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Licensed
    Bar
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Karena Armstrong

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