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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.

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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

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.

Istanbul travel guide

Mama Shelter Istanbul

Mama Shelter Istanbul

Europe’s gateway embraces contemporary cool and Turkish tradition. Katie Parla crisscrosses the city for a taste of East and West, old and new.

STAY
Mama Shelter Istanbul
Atop a department store in the lively Beyolu district, this Philippe Starck-designed budget boutique hotel offers comfort and value - not to mention minaret-studded views - in Istanbul's dining and nightlife centre. Most of the whitewashed rooms are diminutive, which encourages guests to use the hotel's public spaces, including the fourth-floor lounge, Franco-Turkish restaurant and rooftop bar. Huseyin Aa Mahallesi, Istiklal Caddesi 50-54, Beyolu 

Sumahan on the Water
Turkish-American architects have transformed a defunct late-Ottoman alcohol factory into a peaceful luxury hotel on the edge of the Bosphorus on the city's Anatolian side. Surrounded by orchards and flanked by an Ottoman palace, the Sumahan offers a glimpse of the city's past. Kulelí Caddesi 43, Çengelköy

SHOP
Pêche de Malle
On the road leading from the historic Galatasaray High School to the Bosphorus, this narrow shop sells high-quality cotton petamallar (hammam towels), linen robes and brightly coloured woven scarves. Yeni Çar Caddesi 25

Ulas Baharat
For the freshest spices, steer clear of the overrated Grand Bazaar and hop on a ferry to Kadköy, the main port on the city's Anatolian side. A few blocks from the ferry landing, Ula Baharat sells smoked and dried peppers, fresh sumac, pomegranate molasses and tomato pastes that draw chefs and cooks from all over town. Güneli Bahçe Sokak 18, Kadköy, +90216 3379376

DRINK
Alex's Place
Istanbul isn't known for its craft cocktails, but California expat Alex Waldman is doing his bit to change that at his tiny, unnamed bar in Asmalmescit, the city's booziest 'hood. Waldman compensates for the scarcity of quality liquor in Turkey by pouring classics and his own creations such as the Plausible Deniability, a blend of Scotch, Drambuie, Campari and lime juice. Gönül Sokak 7B, Beyolu

Yeni Lokanta

EAT
Balat Sahil Restoran
There are hundreds of traditional meyhanes, taverns specialising in mezes and rak, but this one is a cut above. Order a bottle of smooth, triple-distilled Beylerbeyi rak with rounds of cold and hot mezes. Finish with candied fruits and kaymak, clotted buffalo cream. Mürselpaa Caddesi 245, Balat, +90 212 525 6185

Yeni Lokanta
Chef Civan Er, who has built a reputation for contemporary cooking, takes inspiration from Anatolian ingredients, techniques and traditions at Yeni Lokanta, opened last year. The mezes and manti are consistently satisfying. Kumbarac Yokuu 66

Müzedechanga
The late Sakp Sabanc's former estate in Emirgan is now a museum. Make the trip for the art and stay for a cocktail at the museum's outdoor bar and sample its mezes. The excellent breakfast served on weekend mornings uses produce sourced from small producers across Turkey. Sakp Sabanc Caddesi 22


Walk on
Take a cab to Ortaköy, once a small village and now part of Istanbul's vast coastline. Stroll north under Bosphorus Bridge and carry on through Kuruçeme, Arnavutköy, Bebek and Rumelihisar, all brimming with tea shops and restaurants.

Local flavour
Mix with Istanbulites at the city's weekly food markets. On Sunday, head to the Kastamonu market in the Kasmpaa district; on Monday try the Pazartesi Pazar ("Monday bazaar") in Göztepe for seasonal and pickled produce, cheeses, breads and mountain honey.

Getting there
Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Emirates-Qantas are among the carriers flying one-stop from Australia to Istanbul.

Walk on
Take a cab to Ortaköy, once a small village and now part of Istanbul's vast coastline. Stroll north under Bosphorus Bridge and carry on through Kuruçeme, Arnavutköy, Bebek and Rumelihisar, all brimming with tea shops and restaurants.

Local flavour
Mix with Istanbulites at the city's weekly food markets. On Sunday, head to the Kastamonu market in the Kasmpaa district; on Monday try the Pazartesi Pazar ("Monday bazaar") in Göztepe for seasonal and pickled produce, cheeses, breads and mountain honey.

Getting there
Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Emirates-Qantas are among the carriers flying one-stop from Australia to Istanbul.

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