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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.

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.

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.

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.

Bijoy Jain's new MPavilion

Bijoy Jain in Mumbai

Bijoy Jain in Mumbai

This year, Melbourne's MPavilion combines bamboo, stone, rope and earth.

Garden pavilions are so very Melbourne. Especially when conceived by internationally renowned architects and employed as design and events hubs for the culturally curious.

That, in a nutshell, is the point of MPavilion, the annual architectural commission that this year will involve a 12-metre tower of bamboo, stone, rope and earth taking shape in Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Melbourne Arts Centre.

The 2016 pavilion is the work of US-trained Indian architect Bijoy Jain, whose craftsmen have toiled for six months at his Studio Mumbai practice over models and prototypes of the tower, similar to a tazia, a typical feature of Indian ceremonies.

"It is an imaginary building that reaches deep into the stars, so it is otherworldly, and through it you can see the stars, the sky, other dimensions," Jain says of his début Australian work.

Studio Mumbai is known for adapting age-old skills such as stonemasonry and carpentry to contemporary architectural projects. "There's a lineage of carpentry and masonry, building with high skill and great efficiency, that's specific to India and I am transferring that ideology to projects around the world," Jain says. His previous notable commissions include installations at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Jain hopes his Australian pavilion will become "a place of engagement" for visitors, who will be entertained at the site by a series of performances, talks and workshops for four months between October and February. As with the previous two MPavilions, designed by Sean Godsell and Amanda Levete, Jain's structure will be given a permanent home in Melbourne once its run in the gardens ends.

The MPavilion project was conceived by retail magnate Naomi Milgrom and inspired by the Serpentine Gallery pavilion project in London's Kensington Gardens. "The MPavilion 2016 will be a building of beauty and wonder, and one that reminds us that good design can transcend the aesthetic and functional to create an emotional and spiritual experience," says Milgrom.

MPavilion is open to the public from 5 October 2016 to 18 February 2017; mpavilion.org 

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