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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.

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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.

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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. 

Union Dining
European
  • 270-272 Swan St,
    Richmond,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9428 2988,
    www.uniondining.com.au
  • Lunch Mon-Sun noon-3pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm

     

Union Dining
-37.826008,144.99937

There's a pleasurably unpretentious spirit to Union Dining, a reminder of that oft-forgotten word, hospitality. Nicky Riemer and Adam Cash's restaurant road-trips across France, Italy and Spain, evoking bistro-trattoria memories. Start with a rooftop Negroni, before settling downstairs for Riemer's rustic-leaning offerings, executed with urbane care. Crudo might take the form of kingfish enlivened with shaved fennel, cucumber, mint and a zippy escabeche sauce. Spaghettini with chopped prawns sounds simple, but the USP is the saucing: in place of the usual tomato or wine-based sauce, Riemer offers a seafood bisque of depth and complexity. For fresh comfort food, it's hard to go past the parmesan-crumbed Western Plains pork rib-eye, its robustness hijacked by a Sicilian slaw of red cabbage, almonds and currants. Finish with chocolate fudge dressed with malt ice-cream, dulce de leche, honeycomb and orange caramel. Happy food in a happy house.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $15-$22

    M $31-$38

    D $12-$15

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended

    (BYO Mon & Tue)
  • Chef:
  • Nicky Riemer

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