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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.

Christchurch travel guide

The Tannery

The Tannery

From ambitious chefs to robust street art, post-earthquake Christchurch is a city alive with creative energy, writes Max Veenhuyzen.

STAY
The George
Close enough to the city for convenience yet far enough away for quiet, this elegant hotel is classic rather than cutting-edge, with a neutral palette and plush fittings. Although the hotel takes an old-school approach to service, its fine-diner, Pescatore, is on trend. From pairing paper-thin dried vegetable chips with pine-flavoured mascarpone to making a handsome arrangement of charry abalone and miso custard, Reon Hobson's cooking hits the mark for flavour and theatre. 50 Park Tce, Christchurch

SHOP
Named for the building's past life, The Tannery houses some of Christchurch's best boutiques and features local talent, among them designers Alchemy Equipment, Chalkydigits and Wanderer. Closer to the city centre, browse gift stores Hapa and The General Store for design-driven knick-knacks in Restart, the city's lively and colourful shipping-container mall. For the liquor cabinet, the domestic whisky selection at Whisky Galore is among the best in the country.

SEE
The exhibits at Quake City, in the Restart mall, are as much a celebration of the indomitable Cantabrian spirit as they are a record of the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. While grey concrete continues to dominate Christchurch's landscape, the work of street artists - some commissioned, some not - brings colour to the city. Download the Oi You! Streetwise app and embark on a self-guided urban-art walk. Or head to the Cultural Precinct to see Canterbury Museum and the nearby Christchurch Botanic Gardens, with a garden coffee stop at Ilex Café.

DRINK
Using beans direct from Samoa and roasting them daily, C One Espresso is one of the city's favourite caffeine brokers. It's known for its old pinball machines, edgy menus and sliders delivered at lightning speed via pneumatic tubes. For a different vibe entirely, order a dram at whisky bar The Last Word, or a Cassels & Sons beer and wood-fired pizza at The Brewery.

Roots, Christchurch

EAT
Roots
Chef Giulio Sturla's tasting menus are perpetual works in progress, featuring boat-fresh seafood in dishes such as char-grilled abalone in fish broth, and smoked mackerel with glassy blooms of fried kale. Outré wine choices underscore Roots' reputation as one of New Zealand's most progressive eateries. 8 London St, Lyttelton

King of Snake
Though it sounds like a straight-to-video triad movie, King of Snake's vibrant take on Asian food is hard to resist. While the menu sports familiar dishes and flavours, kitchen smarts ensure familiar dishes and flavours - sweet and sour pork, perhaps, and Penang beef cheek curry - are anything but ho-hum. 145 Victoria St, Christchurch

Harlequin Public House
From plump Mahurangi oysters to audacious combinations such as pork jowl with deep-fried clams and Kewpie mayo, chef Jonny Schwass knows how to show diners a good time. Well-priced wines and cocktails from bar manager Alex Jackman keep the mood buoyant at this bistro. 32 Salisbury St, Christchurch


DON'T MISS
For more than a decade, Canterbury Cheesemongers has been championing New Zealand cheese. Swing by at lunchtime for sandwiches made with house-baked bread and cheese, and stock up with local treats. 301 Montreal St

DAYTRIPPING
An hour's drive north of Christchurch, the Waipara Valley produces some of New Zealand's finest cool-climate wines. Follow a wine-tasting with lunch at Pegasus Bay or Black Estate

GETTING THERE
Air New Zealand flies direct to Christchurch from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (December to April), Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with connecting flights from other Australian cities. 

DON'T MISS
For more than a decade, Canterbury Cheesemongers has been championing New Zealand cheese. Swing by at lunchtime for sandwiches made with house-baked bread and cheese, and stock up with local treats. 301 Montreal St

DAYTRIPPING
An hour's drive north of Christchurch, the Waipara Valley produces some of New Zealand's finest cool-climate wines. Follow a wine-tasting with lunch at Pegasus Bay or Black Estate

GETTING THERE
Air New Zealand flies direct to Christchurch from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (December to April), Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with connecting flights from other Australian cities. 

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