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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.

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.

Barcelona travel guide

Hoja Santa, Barcelona

Hoja Santa, Barcelona

With vermouth in hand, Lara Dunston witnesses the revival of Barcelona's bodegas and the inexorable rise of the brothers Roca and Señor Adrià.

STAY
Hotel Omm
The location of this elegant boutique hotel on glam Passeig de Gràcia is reason enough to check in, near Antoni Gaudí's Modernist gems Casa Batlló and Casa Milà "La Pedrera", and designer stores for Carolina Herrera and Santa Eulalia. A bonus is not one but two eateries by the Roca brothers, of El Celler de Can Roca fame. Reserve a spot at the counter at Roca Moo to watch the chefs prepare your dégustation; bookings aren't necessary at the casual Roca Bar (see below). Rosselló 265 and Passeig de Gràcia, Eixample

Mercer Barcelona
Almost hidden on a lane in the atmospheric Gothic Quarter and not far from Plaça de Sant Just, this relatively new 28-room hotel bears a strong sense of its heritage. Built atop ancient Roman walls, the Mercer has a medieval façade, bare sandstone walls, and a sunny courtyard with vertical garden. It's a short stroll from the Barcelona cathedral, museums and El Born, a gentrified yet still gritty barrio studded with galleries, boutiques, bars and cafés. Calle dels Lledó 7 

SEE
As with Catalan gastronomy, design is a big draw for many travellers and since opening in December last year, the stunning Museu del Disseny has become a magnet for design-savvy visitors. It encompasses the Museu de les Arts Decoratives, Museu Tèxtil i d'Indumentària, Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques, and Casa Bloc Museum, Apartment 1/11. Among its 70,000 objects are impressive collections of furniture, fashion and graphic design. A highlight is the rich typography collection, which includes tracing plates, bindings and posters. Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Sant Martí

DRINK
Sidestep the touristy tapas bars of Las Ramblas and bend an elbow with locals at microbreweries and bodegas in Sant Antoni and Raval. Witness Barcelona's burgeoning craft beer scene at Fàbrica Moritz (Ronda de Sant Antoni 39-41, Sant Antoni), a pub, wine bar, bakery, concept store and newsstand where fresh, unpasteurised beer is produced on site. At Albert Adrià's white-tiled Bodega 1900 (Carrer Tamarit 91, Sant Antoni), which opened in late 2013 and inspired the current bodega revival, order vermouth and snacks from the blackboard, including sweet Joselito jamón sliced to order from legs hung from the ceiling. Experience old-school authenticity at atmospheric Bodega Armando (Carrer Bisbe Laguarda 3, Raval), where elderly patrons in herringbone jackets drink icy glasses of vermouth.

EAT
Roca Bar
If you can't land a table at El Celler de Can Roca or Roca Moo, rock up at the Roca Bar, a cool take on the hotel-lobby standard. Follow oysters with cava sauce with affordable tapas, including sublime Iberian ham croquetas, and main-sized "Roca classics" such as fragrant suckling pig with orange and clove. Hotel Omm

Niño Viejo & Hoja Santa
After launching in late 2014, these adjoining restaurants became Barcelona's hottest tickets. A collaboration between Catalan super-chef Albert Adrià and Mexican-born chef Paco Méndez, who worked with him at El Bulli, Niño Viejo is a boisterous taquería known for authentic Mexican street food, and Hoja Santa serves creative Mexican dishes. Avenida Mistral 54, Sant Antoni 

Enoteca
Dine by the beach in chef Paco Peréz's light-filled two-star dining room overlooking Port Olímpic. A 10-course dégustation, inspired by Peréz's travels, includes the likes of "sea cucumbers, Thai memories and shrimp". Hotel Arts Barcelona, Marina 19-21, Port Olímpic 


DON'T MISS
Stroll with a culinary historian on a Farm to Fork tour of Europe's oldest market, the 13th-century Boqueria, with the highly regarded tour company Context (which launched tours this year in Sydney and Melbourne). The amble includes tastings of local specialties. 

DAYTRIPPING
Three former journalists, one with a degree in gastronomy, run Aborígens Barcelona, offering insider food tours in areas just beyond Barcelona. On their 10-hour Outer Food Tour in the Catalan countryside, travellers meet artisanal producers and learn about regional traditions. 

getting there
Qantas-Emirates, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Air China operate one-stop flights from select Australian capitals to Barcelona.

DON'T MISS
Stroll with a culinary historian on a Farm to Fork tour of Europe's oldest market, the 13th-century Boqueria, with the highly regarded tour company Context (which launched tours this year in Sydney and Melbourne). The amble includes tastings of local specialties. 

DAYTRIPPING
Three former journalists, one with a degree in gastronomy, run Aborígens Barcelona, offering insider food tours in areas just beyond Barcelona. On their 10-hour Outer Food Tour in the Catalan countryside, travellers meet artisanal producers and learn about regional traditions. 

getting there
Qantas-Emirates, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Air China operate one-stop flights from select Australian capitals to Barcelona.

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