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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

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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.

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.

The Eat In, Reserve Milton, Acland St Cantina, Smoult's Continental Deli

The Eat In, Sydney

The Eat In, Sydney

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country this Valentine's Day including The Eat In, Reserve Milton, Acland St Cantina, and Smoult's Continental Deli.

SYDNEY
The Eat In
This place is kind of a secret, so you didn't hear this from us, but some of the former players from a well-credentialled Sydney Italian restaurant have set up an eatery in a Chippendale studio that will succumb in a matter of months or weeks to the maw of development. Our advice is to text 0406 525 123 for a booking as soon as possible, partly because the set menus are small wonders of freshness and elegant simplicity (not least the rice with salt cod and preserved lemon or the brown sugar semifreddo with plums and rhubarb [pictured]) and excellent value, but mostly because the DIY vibe is unbeatable. Go as a couple. Go with your whole orgy troupe. Go on your own. Just go. (And just don't tell anyone else about it, okay?) PAT NOURSE

BRISBANE
Reserve Milton
A grand passion deserves a sumptuous backdrop and Reserve Milton doesn't do meagre. Pop upstairs to the Champagne bar for oysters and twilight river views or plump for the historic dining room below and bask in the glow of the bling-tastic chandeliers. Chef/co-owner Kieran Reekie glories in the classics: comely boned quail or sleek tortellini in an intensely layered seafood bisque. Seal the deal with a dessert assiette and clash spoons over panna cotta, airy cinnamon beignets and more. Reserve Milton, cnr Coronation Dr & Park Rd, Milton, Qld, (07) 3368 1314. FIONA DONNELLY

MELBOURNE
Acland St Cantina
The latest offering from the Melbourne Pub Group is this basement Mexican taverna/cantina, and for loving couples who like surfing the culinary wave, it's just the ticket. Best place for romance is in the excellent, moodily lit restaurant at the back with its deconstructed plasterwork and Day of the Dead detailing (give the bar and taqueria at the front a miss, though; with its eye-sizzling, lollipop-bright colour scheme, it's probably best left to hopeful singles). The menu - a litany of Mexico's greatest hits that includes everything from a kick-arse guacamole to fried fish tacos, a short list of moles and wonderfully short empanadas - is all about sharing, much like the big day itself. Add a pretty fine Margarita or two and a hip hop-leaning soundtrack and you'll soon be feeling the love. Acland St Cantina, 2 Acland St, St Kilda, Vic, (03) 9536 1122. MICHAEL HARDEN

PERTH
Smoult's Continental Deli
While we're not convinced an evening at Smoult's necessarily screams romance, we're still confident any picnic starring one of the deli's Valentine's hampers ($75) is going to do well. From baguette to desserts and charcuterie to cheese, each hamper provides couples with everything necessary for an intimate dinner for two, right down to the tealight candle (although if you really want to set the mood, the extra $75 outlay for a bottle of Champagne is probably a good investment). Orders are being taken until close of business tonight (Wednesday 6pm, Perth time). Smoult's Continental Deli, 186 Whatley Cres, Maylands, WA, (08) 9371 9778. MAX VEENHUYZEN

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