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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chur Burger heads to Melbourne

Chur Burger's pulled pork burger with red slaw and fennel mayo

Chur Burger's pulled pork burger with red slaw and fennel mayo

The Sydney burger chain opens shop number six.

The burger boom shows no sign of abating, with the latest volley coming from Warren Turnbull's Chur Burger as it opens for the first time in Melbourne.

It will be burger shop number six for the award-winning chef in the running for the title of Australia's least likely burger king. The New Zealander made his name at Sydney fine-diner Assiette but took an unexpected detour into burgers after a fire destroyed his newly renovated restaurant kitchen. Fast-forward three years and Chur Burger has five shops in Sydney and Brisbane and opens on Church Street, Richmond, on Monday.

For Chur Burger Melbourne, Turnbull has gone into business with former employee Johnny Moukachar. "Johnny's a friend of mine whose family has a lot of takeaway chicken shops in Adelaide. He knows a lot about the fast-food environment - he certainly knows more about burgers than me - and he's been begging me to get on board in Melbourne."

A former Vietnamese bakery has been given a makeover resembling the original Surry Hills shop, including aerosol work from street artist Treazy backing up a semi-industrial feel. It will seat 60 downstairs, a few more curbside, and Turnbull's happy about revisiting his more rarified past with a private room for 20 upstairs.

Melbourne is on the frontline of the burger wars, with local hero Huxtaburger being challenged by Neil Perry's Burger Project sideline, and even 77-year-old Albert Park institution Andrew's Hamburgers opens a city shop this week on Franklin Street, near the Queen Victoria market. Chur Burger will be quick off the mark, too, opening an Express outlet at Chadstone shopping centre in mid-October.

As for what makes Chur Burger stand out from the crowd, Turnbull reckons his old-school, rough-hewn, not-too-complicated burgers are right on the money, but he also attributes it, Castle-style, to the vibe: "It's friendly, it's easy-going, it's a really good feel. You feel just as comfortable dressed up as in shorts. We've got cool music and a chilled vibe, but we're not trying to be too trendy."

Chur Burger, 176 Swan St, Richmond, churburger.com.au; open Sun to Wed 11am-10pm; Thu to Sat 11am-11pm.

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