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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. 


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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Canada's Islands: A Guide

Discover the Arctic landscapes, hidden hotels and cutting-edge food scene of Canada’s islands.

Away from Canada's big cities and beaten tracks lies another world of epic landscapes, wild cuisines and cultural richness. Here is a guide to the secret adventures and luxuries of Canada's islands.

Cape Breton Island
When it comes to scenery there are two places everyone in eastern Canada talks about: Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island. The latter's peak (both literal and metaphorical) is the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a cluster of picturesque forest-covered, moose-filled mountains. The easiest way to experience it is via the Cabot Trail, named after the island's early explorer John Cabot. The scenic road passes next to the Highland peaks and cliffs, as well as various idyllic fishing villages which show off the island's seafaring and French colonial history.

Keltic Lodgeis a cliff-edge lodge that looks like a deluxe Scandinavian barn. 
383 Keltic in Rd, Ingonish Beach,

The Bite House seats 12 seats for five courses showcasing the best of the region's wine and produce.
1471 Westside Baddeck Rd, Baddeck,


Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is to Canada what Scotland is to the UK, an entirely (and proudly) separate culture, cuisine, language and landscape. Canadians will debate which of the latter two are the most remarkable. Locals speak a twisted Irish- and French-influenced English that's been nicknamed Newfinese. Much easier to grasp is the island's incredible and varied landscape. Icebergs pepper the sea, blistered mountains hide fjords, and valleys with glacial views are home to moose, caribou, beavers and bears. We would say it's neither though - the food scene here, particularly in St John's, is among the most creative (while remaining local and historically derivative) in Canada.

Vintage Newfoundland is a series of restored heritage cottages dotted along the Newfoundland coastline.

Raymonds takes a fine-dining approach to Newfoundland's hearty, meaty cuisine.
95 Water St, St. John's,

Mallard Cottage is housed in an 18th-century Irish-Newfoundlander cottage and serves unpretentious fare based on wild produce.
8 Barrows Rd, St. John's,


Sable Island
There's simply one good reason to visit this island: it's overrun with horses and seals. Sable Island is a kind of serene paradise, completely fantastical and utterly bewildering. Recently it also became a National Park Reserve meaning the small crescent-shaped landmass and its sandy hikes are much easier to access. For flights and ferries check Parks Canada's website.


Fogo Island
On an isolated point of Fogo Island's rough granite shores there's a mystical inn. Outside people are fishing, foraging for wild berries and staring into the harsh sheen of the ocean. Inside guests are wrapped in hand-woven quilts, eating fresh bread and listening to the melodies of Fogo's heritage. With an art gallery, historical library, 29 individually decorated suites, a cinema for Canadian film and two resident dogs you'll be simultaneously experiencing Fogo's past, present and future.

Stay & eat
Fogo Island Inn is the Canadian wilderness at its finest and offers a fine-dining restaurant based on the "seven-season" produce of the island.
210 Main Rd, Joe Batt's Arm,


Vancouver Island
This is where Canadians go for summer holidays. The island's unique climate means it's like experiencing the Mediterranean, albeit with a few more storms. A summer holiday here means hikes through literal rainforests and the best beach-lazing in Canada, while in winter you'll find some of the best skiing in the country. Regardless of season, however, Vancouver Island has a cutting-edge culinary scene that produces some of Canada's great wines, cheeses, meat, beer and recently also olives and lemons.  

Nimmo Bay Resort, an eco-lodge nestled among fjords, is accessible only by helicopter.
1978 Broughton Blvd, Port

Wickaninnish Inn, embedded in a rainforest, looks out onto the Pacific Ocean with rooms custom-built to watch the region's epic storms.
500 Osprey Ln, Tofino,

The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn offers 240-degree ocean views, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list - a definitive Canadian dining experience.
500 Osprey Ln,

Sooke Harbour House is a 35-year-old restaurant and inn serving fresh local seafood on a daily-changing menu that features traditional First Nation ingredients, as well as more than 200 herbs, vegetables and flowers from its organic garden.
1528 Whiffen Spit Rd, Sooke,


Ellesmere Island
While a lot of islands are set up for luxury R&R, fine dining and cultural experiences, Canada's northernmost island has the opposite attraction. It's almost completely barren. There are about as many polar bears as there are people and there's only one permanent settlement. What it lacks in accessibility it more than makes up for in awe and adventure. In winter, the fjords are snow-swept, epic and bathed in the lights of Aurora Borealis, while in summer the mountains are covered with wildflowers and the bays welcome beluga whales.

Grise Fiord Inuit Lodgeis a basic hut surrounded by mountains and offers snowmobile trips to nearby hikes and wildlife hotspots.
Grise Ford, Ellesmere Island,


L'Île d'Orléans
This little island was one of the first places in Canada to be colonised by the French, drawn by the thriving crops of wild grapes. Now the island known as the "garden of Québec" is teeming with spectacular wineries, strawberry fields (the produce of which you must enjoy at any roadside strawberry stand), apple orchards and maple farms. L'Île d'Orléans' other great legacy is its French colonial architecture and heritage, it's one of the best examples of French-Canadian history and culture to be found.

Dans les bras de Morphéeis a heritage stone manor in the countryside offering a full French breakfast and natural spa.
5474 Chemin Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans,

Le Moulin de Saint Laurent, housed in a converted 18th-century stone mill, serves French-Canadian cuisine based on l'Île d'Orléans produce.
6436, Chemin Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans,


Presented by Destination Canada.

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