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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.

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.

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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

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.

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 2016 GT Restaurant Guide Top 100

Rockpool, Sydney

Rockpool, Sydney

This list of our 2016 Restaurant Guide Top 100 has been compiled using our star ratings, moderated by our state and national editors. Every restaurant listed in the guide should offer a winning dining experience; any that achieve a placement in the Top 100 represent a higher order of excellence.

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

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