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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.

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.

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.

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.

Australia's best budget hotels

Central Station Hotel, Sydney

Central Station Hotel, Sydney

Our picks of Australia's best budget hotels, from Sydney to Melbourne and Brisbane to Adelaide.

If we had an award for best hotel rebrand, it would likely go to the new Adelaide Ibis, a fresh and funky reimagining of the no-frills brand that makes staying in a three-star hotel suddenly seem appealing. The $70 million, 311-room property has murals by street artist Ghostpatrol and Samsung Smart TVs for streaming music, movies and games. What it lacks in minibars and room service it more than makes up for with a convenient CBD address and competitive rates.

In Sydney's top-dollar accommodation market, the Central Station Hotel stands out for its renovated rooms and advance-purchase rates of less than $100 a night. No two rooms are the same, so guests can choose a heritage-accented space to suit their budget - from "Shoeboxes" of 10 square metres to adjoining rooms for families. The CBD-edge location, handy to Oxford Street, Chinatown and Surry Hills, saves on transport costs.

Down on the New South Wales-Victoria border, the Atura Albury is a sharp restyling of the old Rydges Hotel. Brace yourself for the bold foyer and inflatable pool flamingos at this self-conscious "lifestyle" hotel, but rest assured the 140 rooms have substance as well as style - hence the espresso machines, Malin+Goetz toiletries and sofa beds for extra guests.

In newly fashionable Hobart, we like the distinctly unfashionable Fountainside Hotel for its CBD vantage (and views from higher floors) but most of all for its minibars. The comfortable rooms won't win any design awards but the minibars deserve a medal for stocking drinks at shop prices. The free WiFi, parking and cable TV are added bonuses.

The art-accented Larwill Studio in leafy Parkville, Victoria, handy to the Royal Children's Hospital and Melbourne Zoo, is a budget offering by Art Series Hotels (The Cullen, The Olsen). Inspired and decorated by contemporary artist David Larwill, the hotel has 96 "workspaces" with twin and king beds, coffee machines and soothing parkland views. Smart cars and bikes for hire encourage urban explorers.

Brisbane's new Tryp Fortitude Valley Hotel is street-art smart and affordable and offers beaut laneway breakfasts at onsite restaurant Chur.

In notoriously pricey Perth, the three-star Sullivans Hotel has a peaceful Kings Park location, helpful staff and impressive breakfasts. Deluxe rooms have balconies, and there's free WiFi, bicycles and a city shuttle bus. With rates this reasonable (from $163), just don't expect designer digs.

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