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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. 

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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.

First look: Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach

Two poached eggs, ham off the bone, tarragon hollandaise, toasted croissant

Two poached eggs, ham off the bone, tarragon hollandaise, toasted croissant

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach.

So the name says it's a bakehouse and there's a glassed-in pastry kitchen, but there's more than buttery croissants, cream-filled choux bombs and Breton tarts crossing the marble-topped counters here. Bam Bam is a double-threat - a clever mix of bistro-café with an in-house pâtisserie. It's a fitting follow-up to Paddock Bakery, Ursula and Ben Watts' first outing, a hip café-bakery hybrid in Miami and supplier of Bam Bam's excellent breads. The feel is different here, the fit-out nicely detailed with raw brick, handsome oversized beaten copper light shades, pressed-metal features, polished concrete and an abundance of flowers. The entire dining area opens onto Mermaid Park and there's a clutch of candy-striped deckchairs out front for takeaways. A recycled timber table on the shaded terrace is a sweet post-beach spot to delve into the likes of the beef dip, a classic brioche roll stuffed full of smoky brisket, melted provolone and caramelised onion with a pot of jus for dipping. Or maybe a crusty roll, spread with cultured butter and filled with local prawns, lettuce and thousand-island dressing. Things kick off early at Bam Bam, so if you manage a sunrise surf over the holidays, pop in and grab a two-egg nasi goreng with a punchy chilli sambal and maybe some chicken sate on the side; or perhaps a chicken parm and chips - all served from 6.30am.

Bam Bam Bakehouse, 2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach, Qld (no phone). Open daily 6.30am-3pm.

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