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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.

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.

Singapore travel guide

Not an island to rest on its laurels, ever-evolving Singapore is revamping its increasingly vibrant food and shopping scene, writes Lara Dunston.

STAY
Hotel Clover
A handsome 1950s building and two historic shophouses have been joined to form this new boutique hotel with compact light-filled rooms in Kampong Glam. Retro furniture, antique sewing machines and old barbers' chairs celebrate the history of the neighbourhood in an otherwise contemporary interior. Opening soon is a second arts-themed Hotel Clover at Clarke Quay. 769 North Bridge Rd.

Naumi Liora
In the heart of Chinatown, this handsome row of Chinese shophouses harbours one of the city's best new hotels. Tangerine-toned soft furnishings match the bold exterior, enlivening rooms otherwise in neutrals. There's a speakeasy, The Library, accessed by a hidden door with a secret password (ask hotel staff). Two of the city's hottest restaurants, Esquina and Burnt Ends, are an easy stroll away. 55 Keong Saik Rd. 

SEE
Gardens by the Bay
One of Singapore's star attractions since it opened a few years ago, these spectacular gardens have two new green spaces. The Children's Garden has a water-play area; the Sun Pavilion contains 1,000 desert plants. First-timers should make a beeline for the magical Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. 

Chinatown
Street food was moved into hawker centres in the 1950s to improve hygiene, and now it's back on the bitumen at the new Chinatown Food Street. While undeniably touristy, the $4.35 million project has quickly proven popular with locals, too, drawn to some of Singapore's oldest and best hawker stalls. Start with kopi, kaya toast and eggs at Nanyang Old Coffee, then admire the renovated shophouse façades, before lining up for oyster omelettes. Smith St, Chinatown.

SHOP
Kampong Glam
Once the seat of Malay royalty, this traditional Malay and Arab quarter is known for its colourful old shophouses and the gold-domed Sultan Mosque. Singapore's hipsters hit Kandahar Street and Haji Lane for shopping, coffee and cocktails. Seek out serenity at café and yoga studio Going Om, and Japanese bicycles at Tokyobike. At retro Ogopogo take Toby's Estate coffee with puffs on a shisha pipe or take bespoke cocktails at Bar Stories and Maison Ikkoku; the latter has a boutique and mosque views.

EAT
Tippling Club
One of Singapore's hottest restaurants - having catapulted onto this year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list at number 23 - Tippling Club's "affordable avant-garde" cuisine by Ryan Clift, formerly of Vue de Monde, is more accessible in its new location. There's a bar offering snacks with killer cocktails, and a lunch menu, too. 38 Tanjong Pagar Rd.

Bacchanalia
If you didn't know that former chefs of The Fat Duck, Ivan Brehm and Mark Ebbels, were working the tweezers, you might forgo their exquisitely executed dishes to drink cocktails at the dramatic bar of this clubby bar-resto in a former Masonic Hall. Don't. 23A Coleman St.

Ujong
Expect Singaporean food with a twist in this new casual all-day eatery at Raffles hotel by local chef Shen Tan, whose beef rendang at now-defunct Wok & Barrel was among Singapore's best. Don't miss the slow-cooked bak kwa pork ribs and the kaya sticky buns. Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road.


DON'T MISS
Discover fascinating neighbourhoods on guided walks such as Secrets of the Red Lantern inspired by the opium dens and brothels of the 1880s, or enjoy Peranakan dishes on a food tour of Joo Chiat and Katong districts.

DAYTRIPPING
Experience the simple life of pre-1960s Singapore on the palm-shaded island of Pulau Ubin, a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Jetty, or take the Kampong Cooking Escapade class ($125 per person) held in a 100-year-old house on the island.

GETTING THERE
Singapore Airlines operates 121 flights per week from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane to Singapore, and regional carrier SilkAir flies from Darwin.

Related links

Singapore's best restaurants

Singapore's best street food

DON'T MISS
Discover fascinating neighbourhoods on guided walks such as Secrets of the Red Lantern inspired by the opium dens and brothels of the 1880s, or enjoy Peranakan dishes on a food tour of Joo Chiat and Katong districts.

DAYTRIPPING
Experience the simple life of pre-1960s Singapore on the palm-shaded island of Pulau Ubin, a 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi Jetty, or take the Kampong Cooking Escapade class ($125 per person) held in a 100-year-old house on the island.

GETTING THERE
Singapore Airlines operates 121 flights per week from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane to Singapore, and regional carrier SilkAir flies from Darwin.

Related links

Singapore's best restaurants

Singapore's best street food

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