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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. 

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

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.

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.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

Bordeaux travel guide

There’s much more than wine to savour in Bordeaux, writes Lindsey Tramuta, although while you’re there that’s always an option.

STAY
Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa
Grand is the operative word for this neoclassical pile in the city's golden triangle. After years of decline, the 18th-century hotel began extensive renovation in 1999, under the guidance of the famed Parisian architect and designer Jacques Garcia. The bandages came off in 2007, revealing soaring spaces, an opulent spa and the spectacular royal suite with its panoramic city views. Le Pressoir d'Argent, the hotel's restaurant, will reopen next year with the promise of a Michelin-starred chef in charge. 2-5 Place de la Comédie 

Mama Shelter
Ping-pong tables, neon fixtures and in-room video booths are the signature quirks in this fifth and newest Mama Shelter boutique hotel. The rooftop terrace, with day beds and city views, is a magnet for locals and unquestionably the city's favourite hangout for a nightcap or weekend brunch. 19 rue Poquelin Molière

DRINK
Black List
Third-wave coffee is still a relatively new concept in France, but the budding culture in Paris has made its way south this year in the guise of the café Black List. Its beans are sourced from the capital's star roaster, Belleville Brûlerie, and it has the prerequisites for a relaxed and familiar experience: fresh flowers, white tiled walls, a sleek La Marzocco and an array of homemade cakes. 27 Place Pey Berland

Le Bô Bar
There's never a dull moment at this matchbook-sized cave à manger from Benoît Veyret-Logerias, a veteran of renowned Paris wine bar Le Verre Volé. Locals shuffle in nightly for a glass selected à l'aveugle (blindly) paired with platters of charcuterie, cheese and boudin noir. 8 Place Saint-Pierre

L'Univerre
Enjoy some of the region's best wines at this elegant 20-seat bar. The weekly menus are well-crafted edits of French classics, such as sautéed scallops and cassolette de ris de veau, but the bar's real draw is more than 1300 fine and rare wines from across France and Bordeaux vintages, priced to sell. 40 rue Lecocq

DO
L'École du Vin classes
Take a crash course in Bordeaux appreciation with this city-sponsored school that offers two-hour private classes in English at its wine bar tucked behind the National Opera house. Tours of wine country, including a three-day grand crus course, are among more intensive options. 3 Cours du 30 Juillet

Cafe Utopia
During a break from shopping in the prim boutiques lining Cours de l'Intendance, stop for a glass on the sun-dappled terrace at Café Utopia, a bar-cum-cinema and art complex housed in the 17th-century former Saint Siméon church, or settle in for a film, from classics to cult. 5 Place Camille Jullian

EAT
La Cagette
Rub elbows with fashionable young locals at this canteen with a killer terrace at the Place du Palais. The menu plays up seasonal produce in colourful salads at lunch and flavourful mains, such as beef tartare with pumpkin for dinner. Dessert at either meal is a must. 8 Place du Palais

Une Cuisine en Ville
Food-lovers book ahead for Michelin-starred chef Philippe Lagraula's imaginative, market-fresh cooking inflected with South American flavours, including rocoto and aji amarillo chillies. Foreign flavours extend, too, to the wine list. 77 rue du Palais Gallien

Miles
Expect cuisine as international as its multicultural crew, schooled in Paris's top kitchens. The inventive, carte-blanche menu incorporates flavours from each chef's origins - Israel, Vietnam, Japan and New Caledonia - and is best enjoyed at the wooden bar overlooking the open kitchen. 33 rue du Cancera


DON'T MISS
Canelés are the city's homegrown rum-flavoured confection with a custardy centre and caramelised crust. Guidebooks pay outsized attention to pricey Baillardran, but locals go to La Toque Cuivrée. 126 Boulevard Jean Jacques Bosc, 33 130 Bègles

DAYTRIPPING
Explore the 8th-century town of Saint-Émilion, 40 minutes' drive away. It's a World Heritage site and Aquitaine's most scenic spot, with an Instagram-ready old town, underground monuments, famous vineyard and châteaux. 

GETTING THERE
Air France flies from Paris to Bordeaux (75 minutes), or take a TGV train (3 hours and 15 minutes).

DON'T MISS
Canelés are the city's homegrown rum-flavoured confection with a custardy centre and caramelised crust. Guidebooks pay outsized attention to pricey Baillardran, but locals go to La Toque Cuivrée. 126 Boulevard Jean Jacques Bosc, 33 130 Bègles

DAYTRIPPING
Explore the 8th-century town of Saint-Émilion, 40 minutes' drive away. It's a World Heritage site and Aquitaine's most scenic spot, with an Instagram-ready old town, underground monuments, famous vineyard and châteaux. 

GETTING THERE
Air France flies from Paris to Bordeaux (75 minutes), or take a TGV train (3 hours and 15 minutes).

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