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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.

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.

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.

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.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beyond Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, Lara Dunston finds a flourishing third-wave coffee scene, tailored food tours and charming neighbourhoods.

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.

Gyoza Bar ANN, Yok Yor, Baby, Malaysian Dining Delights

Gyoza Bar ANN, Brisbane

Gyoza Bar ANN, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country including Gyoza Bar ANN, Yok Yor, Baby, and Malaysian Dining Delights.

BRISBANE
Gyoza Bar ANN
The pint-sized, corner eatery at Emporium (pictured left) has a lovely organic feel, with plenty of wood and earthy tones. Its namesake gyozas are little, thin-skinned, juicy flavour bombs which arrive with appropriately well-tanned bottoms and receive a nicely balanced sauce poured at the table while they sizzle. Grab a seat for lunch and a tower will yield half a dozen pot-stickers - try the pork - a stash of rice and green salad for $14. Drop in and say "Hai" soon. Shop 26, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, 07 3172 3020  FIONA DONNELLY

SYDNEY
Yok Yor
Okay, so I'm a bit bitter about the bacon pad kaprow being taken off the specials menu so quickly, but luckily there's been plenty of other good, out-there stuff to take its place. Yok Yor opened a little over a year ago, but in that time has quietly cruised into a position where Thainatown-watchers (myself included) have begun to view it in similar terms to the Campbell Street axis's anchor tenants, Spice I Am and Chat Thai. The core menu is strong: the red curry of pork comes garnished with both blood jelly and pork rinds, while the boat noodles are testament to the time head chef Mek spent running his own soup stall in Bangkok. But it's the specials that really push this place into the zone. Khanompung na goong, aka a Thai-style prawn toast, comes with a chilli-vinegar-shallot dipping sauce, while the likes of mussels and sour bamboo, the red curry of whelks and betel leaf, consistently pleasing kanom jeen noodles and the sweet finish of waffles with Thai tea ice-cream keep interest levels high. Shop G3, 323 Castlereagh St (enter via Campbell St), Sydney, (02) 9280 0001 PAT NOURSE

MELBOURNE
Baby
Yes, it's brash and loud, doesn't take bookings and has a genitalia-themed neon sign that seems cynical rather than naughty, but Baby (from the folk who brought you brash, loud Chin Chin) still manages to deliver a fun night out. The pizza is pretty good here, but the pasta can be excellent, particularly if you keep it simple. Try the excellent slow-braised beef ragù number served with rigatoni - it's classic, deep-flavoured comfort food. 631-633 Church St, Richmond, Vic, (03) 9421 4599 MICHAEL HARDEN

PERTH
Malaysian Dining Delights
Malaysian Dining Delights looks a lot like your average suburban Asian eatery. Fairy lights twinkle in the window and a steady caravan of takeaway containers gets carried away into the night. But what about the throng of would-be diners permanently camped out front on Friday and Saturday evenings? Like those lucky enough to snag a table, they're here for chef Eason Koh's keenly-priced cooking. Invariably, most will be crestfallen by news the kitchen has (yet again) blown through the day's supply of thrillingly flaky house-made roti. I certainly am when I hear the bad news, but a plan B of utterly addictive salted egg yolk chicken softens the blow splendidly. 111 Manning Rd, Bentley, WA, 0424 522 486  MAX VEENHUYZEN

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