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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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

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.

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.

Lemon dream

"This cake is the new religion at Flour and Stone, and never fails to send those worshipping it into a dream of billowy clouds," says Ingram. "It has come to many parties, including one where its name was changed to reflect the euphoric place it transports you to."

Adelaide's best cheap eats

Lucky Lupitas

Lucky Lupitas

Gourmet Traveller's picks of the best cheap eats in Adelaide.

The craze for all things Mexican has now moved far beyond food-van fare in Adelaide to embrace authentic grills and stews at Lucky Lupitas (1/4 Rupert Ave, Bedford Park, 08 8277 4004), its city sibling United Latino Cocina (14-16 Frances St, Adelaide, 08 8232 0674) and Maiz & Mezcal (405 Magill Rd, Adelaide, 0449 946 002).

Adelaide Central Market's Chinatown precinct, meanwhile, remains a magnet for cheap dining, especially Park Lok (130 Grote St, Adelaide, 08 8212 8316). Bank Street deserves attention, too, with nasi lemak at Mamak Corner (8 Bank St, Adelaide, 08 8410 9888) and kimchi-powered dumplings at Mandoo (3/26 Bank St, Adelaide, 08 8231 3303).

Park Lok

For delicious and fortifying Asian broths, visit the likes of Adelaide Pho (199 Waymouth St, Adelaide, 08 8212 0997) or Thanh-Thanh (18 Field St, Adelaide, 08 8212 8788) for good Vietnamese noodle soups, and try Tangritah Uyghur (116 Grote St, Adelaide, 0413 726 280) for chuchura dumplings in soup.

 

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