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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. 

Secret Tuscany

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.

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.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

Discovering Macedonia

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.

Australian Gourmet Traveller 2010 Restaurant Awards: The Stars

We award only 100 star ratings, so some restaurants which have previously held stars may have been edged out by others lifting their game or by newcomers. The three-star rating labels a restaurant as one of Australia's great restaurants, the equal of the world's best, and a destination in itself. Two stars makes an establishment a superior dining experience in all respects, worthy of a detour. One star means there is an element of pizzazz as well as professionalism which raises an eatery beyond the everyday.

THREE STARS
New South Wales
Sydney
Bécasse
Claude’s
Est.
Guillaume at Bennelong
Marque
Pier
Quay
Rockpool
Tetsuya’s

Victoria
Melbourne

Vue de Monde

TWO STARS
New South Wales
Sydney
Aria
Bentley Restaurant & Bar
Berowra Waters Inn
Bilson’s
Bistro Moncur
Buon Ricordo
Catalina
Flying Fish
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
Pilu at Freshwater
Restaurant Balzac
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Sean’s Panaroma
Sepia
Universal
Yoshii

Regional
Darley’s
Vulcans

Queensland
Brisbane
The Buffalo Club
E’cco
Montrachet
Restaurant Two

Regional
Absynthe

Western Australia
Perth

Restaurant Amusé

South Australia
Adelaide
Auge
The Grange
The Manse
Penfolds Magill Estate

Regional
Appellation
Petaluma’s Bridgewater Mill

Victoria
Melbourne
Attica
Bistro Guillaume
Café Di Stasio
Circa, the Prince
Cutler & Co.
Ezard
Flower Drum
Grossi Florentino
Jacques Reymond
MoMo
Pearl
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Verge

Regional
Lake House
Merrijig Inn
Provenance
Royal Mail Hotel


ONE STAR
New South Wales

Sydney
Astral
Billy Kwong
Bistrode
Bodega
Buzo
Coast
Etch
Fish Face
Forty One
Four in Hand
Foveaux
Glass Brasserie
Glebe Point Diner
Longrain
Lotus
Lucio’s
Mad Cow
Manta
North Bondi Italian Food
Oscillate Wildly
Otto
Restaurant Assiette
Sailors Thai
Spice Temple

Regional
Pacific Dining Room
Rock
Sourcedining

Queensland
Brisbane

Alchemy
1889 Enoteca
Gianni
Sono Portside Wharf

Regional
Berardo’s
Nu Nu
Sassi at Balé
Vanitas
Wasabi

South Australia
Adelaide

Chianti Classico
Chloe’s
Enoteca
Farina Kitchen & Bar
Jolleys Boathouse
The Pot Food & Wine
The Wine Underground

Regional
Fino
The Lane
Pipers of Penola

Tasmania
Hobart
Lebrina

Regional
Angasi

Western Australia
Perth

Divido
Jackson’s
The Loose Box
Must Winebar
Nahm Thai
Star Anise

Regional
Cullen
Food Farmacy
Vasse Felix
Xanadu

Victoria
Melbourne
Bacash
Bar Lourinhã
Bottega
Coda
Comme Kitchen
The Court House
Cumulus Inc.
Donovans
Embrasse
Esposito
Gills Diner
Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons
The Italian
Longrain
Matteo’s
Melbourne Wine Room
MoVida
Ocha
Oyster Little Bourke
The Press Club
Rumi
Sarti
Stokehouse
Svago
Taxi Dining Room

Regional
Annie Smithers’ Bistrot
Simone’s
Stefano’s
The Tea Rooms at Yarck
Ten Minutes by Tractor
Wardens Food & Wine

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