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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.

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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.

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.

Stray Neighbour, Preston

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Stray Neighbour, Preston.

Preston is having a moment. Perhaps it's the Courtney Barnett factor ("Depreston", her song name-checking the suburb, has been on a roll worldwide) or just that cheaper rents and interesting spaces are in more plentiful supply. Either way, the outlier designer-burger, serious-coffee and craft-beer joints that have been popping up have now been joined by Stray Neighbour, a more culinarily ambitious bar and restaurant in a former panel-beating workshop. It's a substantial space with a sawtooth roof, black-painted concrete floor, a bar running along one wall and two separate seating areas - an airy dining room with some slightly uncomfortable wire mesh chairs and a cosy area filled with booths. The plants trained up rope and Edison globes in clear glass shades tap into established design preoccupations, but the quirkiness of the setting keeps Stray Neighbour feeling fresh. So too does the menu from Romina Gagliardi, a former Bistro Gitan chef whose menu takes Euro-bistro as a starting point (oysters, pâté, steak), but she also throws in influences from further afield, as with the chimichurri-flavoured butter that comes with the Scotch fillet or an open raviolo of prawns in an aromatic tomato broth. There are more hints of Asia happening with sticky pork ribs served with lime, but the sweet stuff, including a stout brownie with salted caramel and pretzel sauce, returns the focus to the Continent. Extensive (craft) beer and cocktail offerings, a workable wine list and switched-on service keep things in a happy place. Locals should be thrilled. Stay tuned for Courtney Barnett's thoughts on the development.

Stray Neighbour, 463-467 Plenty Rd, Preston, Vic, (03) 9471 1948. Open Tue-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-midnight, Sun noon-10pm.

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