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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.

Aløft

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.

Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beyond Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, Lara Dunston finds a flourishing third-wave coffee scene, tailored food tours and charming neighbourhoods.

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.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

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.

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.

Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide

From boutique city digs to tropical retreats and rooms by the sea, the inaugural Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide showcases the premier places to stay around Australia.

Nothing beats the thrill of treating yourself to a night in a beautiful hotel. Well, nothing except spending 50 nights in 50 beautiful Australian hotels. Which is precisely what we've been doing in the first months of this year. It's a tough gig, sure, but our crack team of pillow-testers and amenities experts rose admirably to the challenge. They packed their overnight bags, checked in at hotels across the continent, and then penned their frank and engaging reviews for the inaugural 2014 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide.

It's such an obvious idea we're surprised we didn't think of it earlier: Australia's most respected travel title gives its verdict on the country's finest accommodation. The result is not only a (hopefully indispensable) gift to our readers, it's also a fitting bookend to the GT Restaurant Guide, now in its 25th year and still the only national form guide to our best dining.

From large and lavish city hotels to boutique country gems and breezy tropical retreats, the guide recommends rooms for all occasions. Bundled with the June edition of Gourmet Traveller, it'll also include our picks of the country's top lodges, the most indulgent hotel spas, a curious collection of unique places to stay, and the best hotels on the beach.

The results speak volumes for the calibre of our homegrown accommodation.

All the hotels were chosen not only because they're a pleasure to visit, but also because they offer the comforts we expect of a good hotel: assured service, distinctive amenities and, of course, the beds need to be superbly comfortable.

Because we love to celebrate the best, there'll be awards for those hotels judged by our reviewing panel to be the leaders in their field - whether providing big city or boutique accommodation, outstanding service or a memorable bar. And, in recognition of one of the cornerstones of any great stay, we'll also tell you where to find our favourite hotel breakfast. All will be revealed in our June hotel guide.

We're keen for you to have a say, too. From 29 May, we'd love you to vote in our Hotel Guide Readers' Choice competition and tell us what you think of our award winners.

Simply by voting for your favourite hotel you can enter the draw to win an unforgettable trip for two to Tuscany thanks to British Airways and Mr & Mrs Smith. This includes flights to Florence and six nights at two beautiful country hotels: Castello Di Casole and Il Salviatino.

The 2014 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Guide has been made possible by the generous sponsorship and support of Nespresso. It will be published with the June edition of the magazine, both the newsstand and iPad versions. Be sure you check it out before your next check-in.

Vote and win
From 29 May, vote on our website for your chance to win a holiday in Tuscany thanks to Mr & Mrs Smith and British Airways. You and a friend will fly to Florence and stay six nights at two chic Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels: Castello Di Casole and Il Salviatino.

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