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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 2013 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.

To check out all of our 2013 Restaurant Awards coverage, click here.

THREE STARS
NEW SOUTH WALES
SYDNEY
Est.
Marque
Quay
Rockpool on George
Sepia
Tetsuya's

VICTORIA
MELBOURNE
Attica
Cutler & Co.
Vue de Monde

REGIONAL
Royal Mail Hotel

TWO STARS
NEW SOUTH WALES
SYDNEY
Aria
Bentley Restaurant & Bar
The Bridge Room
Buon Ricordo
Claude's
Flying Fish
Guillaume at Bennelong
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
Momofuku Seiobo
Otto Ristorante
Porteño
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Sean's Panaroma
Universal

REGIONAL
Bacchus

QUEENSLAND
BRISBANE
Aria Brisbane
Esquire
Ortiga
Urbane

TASMANIA
HOBART
Garagistes
 
VICTORIA
MELBOURNE
Café Di Stasio
Ezard
Flower Drum
Jacques Reymond
Pei Modern
The Point
Rockpool Bar & Grill

REGIONAL
Lake House
Loam
Provenance
Ten Minutes by Tractor

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
PERTH
Restaurant Amusé
Rockpool Bar & Grill

ONE STAR
ACT
Aubergine

NEW SOUTH WALES
SYDNEY
The Apollo
Balla
Billy Kwong
Bistrode CBD
Bodega
Buzo
Catalina
Felix
Fish Face
Four in Hand
Foveaux
Gastro Park
Longrain
Lucio's
Ormeggio
The Ortolan on Bayswater
Pilu at Freshwater
Popolo
Restaurant Arras
Restaurant Assiette
Sailors Thai
Sixpenny
Spice Temple
Three Blue Ducks
Yoshii

REGIONAL
Biota Dining
No 2 Oak Street
Subo
Town
Vulcans

QUEENSLAND
BRISBANE
Alchemy
E'cco
1889 Enoteca
The Euro
Montrachet
Restaurant Two
Stokehouse Brisbane
Tank Restaurant & Bar
Tartufo

REGIONAL
The Long Apron
Nu Nu
Seaduction
Vanitas
Wasabi

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
ADELAIDE
Auge
Celsius
Press Food & Wine
Vincenzo's Cucina Vera

REGIONAL
d'Arry's Verandah
Fino
The Lane Vineyard
Petaluma's Bridgewater Mill

TASMANIA
REGIONAL
The Stackings
Stillwater

VICTORIA
MELBOURNE
The Atlantic
Bacash
Bar Lourinhã
Bistro Vue
Carlton Wine Room
Circa
Coda
Comme Kitchen
Cumulus Inc.
Dandelion
Donovans
Embrasse
Esposito at Toofey's
Estelle Bar & Kitchen
Gigibaba
Giuseppe, Arnaldo & Sons
Golden Fields
Grossi Florentino
Hare & Grace
The Italian
Izakaya Den
Longrain
Matteo's
Mister Bianco
Moon Under Water
MoVida
MoVida Aqui
The Press Club
San Telmo
Sarti
Spice Temple
Stokehouse
Union Dining

REGIONAL
Annie Smithers
Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre
Eleonore's
Kazuki's at the Raglan
Port Phillip Dining
Stefano's
Sunnybrae
The Tea Rooms of Yarck

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
PERTH
Balthazar
Dear Friends
Divido
Greenhouse
Jackson's
Pata Negra

REGIONAL
Cape Lodge
Vasse Felix

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