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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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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.

Chef Josh Niland to open his first restaurant: Saint Peter

Josh Niland

Josh Niland

The young chef, who has worked under the finest fish whisperer in the business, will open a seafood restaurant in Sydney's Paddington.

Chef Josh Niland, late of Café Nice, wants you to eat more seafood. And come September, when he opens Saint Peter, a 34-seater seafood restaurant in Sydney's Paddington, he's sure to make it easy for you.

"I've worked with guys who've been very good fish cooks," says the 27-year-old chef. "Once you work for someone like Steve Hodges [chef-owner of the now-defunct Fish Face], it's hard to not feel passionate about it. Fish is the one protein we wish we could eat more of."

Niland was making a name for himself even before he headed the kitchen at Café Nice (now Ananas Bar & Brasserie, after Fratelli Fresh sold to Urban Purveyor Group in April) during stints at the likes of Est and The Woods (also now closed) as well as Fish Face. Saint Peter is his first solo venture, with his wife, Julie, a former pastry chef at Sixpenny and Marque, as partner.

Saint Peter will focus on sustainably sourced, Australian-only seafood. "My dream is that people will say, 'Let's go out and eat fish tonight' the same way people feel like eating Italian or French," he says. "I want people to come two or three nights a week - on a Tuesday to try pearl perch with asparagus, and then on Thursday for dry-aged wild kingfish with salt-roasted celeriac or globe artichoke."

And there'll be fish and chips, with batter made using a mix of vodka, honey, rice flour and VB ("to keep it crisp and light"), while the fish could be anything from red mullet to black flathead or pink ling, depending on the best catch that day.

All the seafood will come in whole and be processed and dry-filleted on-site, and the restaurant will champion fish offal and various dry-ageing techniques. "Not everyone is going to eat fish liver, but that's because it's usually prepared in a way that doesn't suit an Australian context," he says. "I've cooked it before and it's fantastic. On toast it tastes like foie gras."

Sides won't be slouches either, with salt-roasted pumpkin with salt and vinegar seeds and scales, for instance, and grilled broccolini with flathead roe yoghurt.

The modest and all-Australian wine list will be 80 per cent white and will strive to balance the Henschkes with the Jaumas. Dessert will be strictly tarts - chocolate and artichoke tart, perhaps, or classic lemon.

Saint Peter will also open for all-day seafood brunch at the weekend with the likes of sea urchin crumpets, prawn and corn fritters and spanner crab omelettes on offer. "I grew up in Maitland and we'd go to Newcastle to have oysters for breakfast," he says. "Why can't you do it on Oxford Street?"

If the omelette is anything like the meli melo number he did at Café Nice, then Saint Peter will have us hook, line and sinker.

Saint Peter is slated to open early September.

Saint Peter, 362 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, saintpeter.com.au

 

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