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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. 

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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bali chic

Escaping the winter with a quick trip to Bali is customary for many Aussies. Kendall Hill joins the smart crowd and heads to Seminyak for some sophistication with his endless summer.

STAY
W Retreat & Spa Bali
The tone of the Seminyak seafront, once defined by the old-school glamour of The Legian and Oberoi hotels, changed forever with the recent arrival of fashionably minded hotel brand W. This sprawling resort's DayGlo décor and upbeat attitude have made the southern Bali beach scene a magnet for well-heeled hedonists. Jl. Petitenget.

Luna2 Studios
In the same vein as W comes Luna2 Studios, the latest lodgings from hip hotelier Melanie Hall. The exacting owner-designer behind Luna2 Private Hotel (actually, a five-bedroom villa), has just launched a bijou block of just 14 studios that can be described as garish or groovy, depending on your taste. Ground-floor studios have direct access to the 27-metre pool and all feature iPads, a maxi bar stocked with everything from Champagne to Chupa Chups, and a butler. Jalan Sarinande 20.

SHOP
The Seminyak strip is a happy hunting ground for designer homewares, gifts and resort-friendly threads. There are always new discoveries to be made along Jalan Laksmana (aka Oberoi Street) and Jalan Raya Seminyak, but here's a few tips to get started. Enfants Paradis Botanical Skincare, by Australian designer Kirsty Ludbrook, has a devoted local following, especially for its detox bath salts loaded with volcanic minerals and salt crystals (Jl Basangkasa 56).

Nico Perez channels old Havana (or new Portofino) with classic linen pieces for men and women (Jalan Laksmana 79). Venture down Petitenget to Kerobokan for Carga, a homewares and gift store. Pick up pretty pressed-tin containers, ikat cushions and smart batik playsuits for infants by local label Coco & Ginger (Jl Petitenget 886). And at SKS, Alessi and Vivienne Westwood rub shoulders with leading Indonesian designers to create an eclectic design store for clothing, books, electronics and accessories (Jalan Kayu Aya 40).

DRINK
Sundara
While crowds flock to the dramatic Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa, the Seminyak cool crowd has discovered Sundara: quite possibly the poshest beach club in town. The mood is upscale Survivor-chic with blazing braziers, padded teak armchairs and sofas perched above Jimbaran Bay. What it lacks in direct sunset views it makes up for with an innovative drinks list curated by Catalan cocktail maestro Javier de las Muelas, the brilliant standalone bistro (check the charcuterie counter) and Olympic-sized infinity-edge pool. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.

EAT
Mama San
This shophouse-style space featuring a stunning mural is where you'll find chef Will Meyrick's terrific pan-Asian menu with everything from Indian thali to Singapore chicken. Retire to the upstairs bar for after-dinner cocktails - the coconut mojito is outstanding. Jalan Raya Kerobokan 135.

Teatro
From the first mouthful of creamy cassava blackened with Japanese bamboo, you know you've found a diamond in the rough at Teatro. Behind this modest shopfront is an intimate 26-seat restaurant where every plate is a delicious surprise. Jalan Kayu Aya Block C, No 1-2.

Fire at W
Ignore the overdone interiors and focus on the progressive menu by Australian executive chef Richard Millar. The bluefin tuna belly raises expectations, but his chawanmushi - Japanese savoury custard rendered with foie gras, crab and chicken - will exceed them. Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan.


Insider tips
Don't miss
Take a daytrip to the car-free paradise of Nusa Lembongan. Boutique hotels, good restaurants (The Beach Club; Indiana Kenanga) and waterfront bars await. Take a taxi to Sanur, then a 25-minute fast boat to Lembongan.

Stay tuned for...

The opening of Alila Seminyak, sister property to the fabulous Alila Villas Uluwatu. It's slated for a 2014 reveal, with 240 guest rooms on the beach beside Potato Head Beach Club.

Insider tips
Don't miss
Take a daytrip to the car-free paradise of Nusa Lembongan. Boutique hotels, good restaurants (The Beach Club; Indiana Kenanga) and waterfront bars await. Take a taxi to Sanur, then a 25-minute fast boat to Lembongan.

Stay tuned for...

The opening of Alila Seminyak, sister property to the fabulous Alila Villas Uluwatu. It's slated for a 2014 reveal, with 240 guest rooms on the beach beside Potato Head Beach Club.

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