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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.

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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.

O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

2015 GT Restaurant Guide: The Top 100

Ben Shewry, Attica, Melbourne

Ben Shewry, Attica, Melbourne

This list has been compiled using our star ratings, moderated by our state and national editors. Every restaurant listed in our 2015 Australian Restaurant Guide should offer a winning dining experience; any that achieve a placement in the Top 100 represent a higher order of excellence.

The  2016 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Top 100 restaurants

Our list of 2015 Restaurant Guide award winners

1. Attica, Vic
2. Rockpool, NSW
3. Momofuku Seiobo, NSW
4. Quay, NSW
5. Brae, Vic
6. Sepia, NSW
7. Cutler & Co, Vic
8. Marque, NSW
9. Vue de Monde, Vic
10. Penfolds Magill Estate, SA
11. Est, NSW
12. Rockpool Bar & Grill, NSW
13. Tetsuya's, NSW
14. Bentley, NSW
15. The Bridge Room, NSW
16. Orana, SA
17. Esquire, Qld
18. Garagistes, Tas
19. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Vic
20. Urbane, Qld
21. Provenance, Vic
22. Flower Drum, Vic
23. Sixpenny, NSW
24. Porteño, NSW
25. Sean's Panaroma, NSW
26. Four in Hand, NSW
27. Café Di Stasio, Vic
28. Lake House, Vic
29. Ten Minutes by Tractor, Vic
30. Ester, NSW
31. Grossi Florentino, Vic
32. The Press Club, Vic
33. Restaurant Amuse, WA
34. Aria, NSW
35. Print Hall, WA
36. Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, NSW
37. Pei Modern, Vic
38. Nu Nu, Qld
39. Mr Wong, NSW
40. Fish Face, NSW
41. Ormeggio, NSW
42. Pilu at Freshwater, NSW
43. Rockpool Bar & Grill, WA
44. Spice Temple, NSW
45. Wasabi, Qld
46. Aria Brisbane, Qld
47. Appellation, SA
48. Café Paci, NSW
49. Flying Fish, NSW
50. Woodland House, Vic
51. Oscillate Wildly, NSW
52. Rosetta, Vic
53. Buon Ricordo, NSW
54. Cumulus Inc, Vic
55. Gladioli, Vic
56. Spice Temple, Vic
57. Monopole, NSW
58. Moon Park, NSW
59. Otto Ristorante, NSW
60. Prix Fixe, Vic
61. Yoshii, NSW
62. The Apollo, NSW
63. Nomad, NSW
64. Luxembourg, Vic
65. Vasse Felix, WA
66. Tonka, Vic
67. Hentley Farm, SA
68. Ezard, Vic
69. Bistrode CBD, NSW
70. The Terrace Restaurant, Vic
71. Cho Cho San, NSW
72. The Town Mouse, Vic
73. The Argus Dining Room, Vic
74. Bodega, NSW
75. Jim McDougall in Stefano's Cellar, Vic
76. Moon Under Water, Vic
77. The Fish House, Qld
78. Bar Lourinhã, Vic
79. 10 William St, NSW
80. MoVida Aqui, Vic
81. Longrain, NSW
82. MoVida, Vic
83. MoVida Sydney, NSW
84. Valentino, Vic
85. Peel Street, SA
86. Albert St Food & Wine, Vic
87. Billy Kwong, NSW
88. Gerard's Bistro, Qld
89. Gastro Park, NSW
90. Yellow, NSW
91. Felix, NSW
92. Saint Crispin, Vic
93. The Atlantic, Vic
94. Aubergine, ACT
95. Monster, ACT
96. Bistro Dom, SA
97. Co-op Dining, WA
98. Subo, NSW
99. Fino, SA
100. Stokehouse Brisbane, Qld

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