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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.

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.

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.

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 2012 Restaurant Awards: The top 100

 

1. Marque, NSW

2. Quay, NSW
3. Cutler & Co., Vic
4. Vue de Monde, Vic
5. Rockpool, NSW
6. Tetsuya's, NSW
7. Est., NSW 
8. Bécasse, NSW
9. Guillaume at Bennelong, NSW 
10. Royal Mail Hotel, Vic
11. Berowra Waters Inn, NSW 
12. Attica, Vic
13. Rockpool Bar & Grill, NSW
14. Bentley Restaurant & Bar, NSW
15. Aria, NSW
16. Bilson's, NSW
17. Sepia, NSW
18. Jacques Reymond, Vic
19. Flower Drum, Vic
20. Porteño, NSW
21. Sean's Panaroma, NSW
22. Circa, the Prince, Vic
23. Ortiga, Qld
24. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Vic
25. Universal, NSW
26. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, NSW
27. Garagistes, Tas
28. Claude's, NSW
29. Pier, NSW
30. Loam, Vic
31. Restaurant Amusé, WA 
32. Pilu at Freshwater, NSW
33. Provenance, Vic
34. Café Di Stasio, Vic
35. Grossi Florentino, Vic
36. Buon Ricordo, NSW
37. Aria Brisbane, Qld
38. Rockpool Bar & Grill, WA
39. Ezard, Vic
40. Lake House, Vic
41. Gastro Park, NSW
42. Appellation, SA
43. Urbane, Qld
44. Penfolds Magill Estate, SA
45. Yoshii, NSW
46. Otto Ristorante, NSW
47. Flying Fish, NSW
48. The Buffalo Club, Qld
49. Petaluma's Bridgewater Mill, SA 
50. MoMo, Vic
51. Cumulus Inc., Vic
52. Four in Hand, NSW
53. Bistro Moncur, NSW
54. Vulcans, NSW
55. Manly Pavilion, NSW
56. Ormeggio, NSW
57. Vincenzo's Cucina Vera, SA
58. Bar Lourinhã, Vic
59. Lucio's, NSW
60. Tartufo, Qld
61. Spice Temple, NSW
62. Golden Fields, Vic
63. Stokehouse, Vic
64. Bodega, NSW
65. Celsius, SA
66. Bistrode, NSW
67. Felix, NSW
68. MoVida Aqui, Vic
69. The Press Club, Vic
70. Wasabi, Qld
71. Bistrode CBD, NSW
72. Longrain, NSW
73. Nu Nu, Qld
74. Catalina, NSW
75. The Manse, SA
76. Lochiel House, NSW
77. Lotus, NSW
78. Ad Lib Bistro, NSW
79. MoVida, Vic
80. Dandelion, Vic
81. Annie Smithers, Vic
82. Spice Temple, Vic
83. Pearl, Vic
84. The Stackings, Tas
85. Verge, Vic
86. Biota Dining, NSW
87. Restaurant Assiette, NSW
88. Buzo, NSW
89. Dear Friends, WA
90. Coda, Vic
91. Sarti, Vic
92. Glebe Point Diner, NSW
93. Billy Kwong, NSW
94. Saint Peter's, Vic
95. Izakaya Den, Vic
96. Absynthe, Qld
97. Embrasse, Vic
98. Longrain, Vic
99. E'cco, Qld
100. The Atlantic, Vic

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