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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. 

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.

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

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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.

London's best new luxury hotels

Artist Residence London

Artist Residence London

From retro charm to modern and sleek, these are the finest new luxury digs in London.

If you were looking for a word that captures the newer high-end accommodation options springing up in London, "diverse" perhaps might be the best option.

Artist Residence, a boutique chain with properties in Brighton and Cornwall, has opened a 10-room hotel in Pimlico that's distinguished by an offbeat luxury expressed in carefully tuned details. A retro Smeg mini fridge nestles in the fireplace of one suite, brimming with Burgundy, elderflower soft drink and coconut water, while a beautiful British-made Roberts radio burbles the Home Service on the bedside table.

At The Langham, meanwhile, it's a more classic sort of luxury on show at the hotel's new Regent Wing. Opened to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the hotel along with the Sterling Suite, a 450-square-metre six-bedroom show-stopper, the new wing comprises 47 rooms that mix signature Langham plushness, prints and wallpaper with crisply modern touches such as the Nespresso coffee machines. A separate entrance to Regent Street, meanwhile, adds to the appeal for guests who value privacy.

And speaking of discretion, should private entertaining be on the agenda, The Marylebone's new London Suites have arrived just in time for anyone who likes to be deep in the city, but not necessarily consumed by it. The three suites sit high atop the hotel, offering striking views of central London. The largest of them, The Marylebone, has a substantial terrace kitted out, appropriately enough, with a fireplace and a retractable roof.

Artist Residence London, 52 Cambridge St; rooms from $500. The Langham, London, 1c Portland Pl, Regent St; Regent Wing rooms from $967. The Marylebone, 47 Welbeck St, London; rooms from $490, suites from $2177.


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