So I’ve been working on and adding to this post for 7 months now as we visit a range of restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. There are still many more to visit and word of mouth has been the best method so far. You can’t beat local knowledge in a place where everyone knows everyone. I hope this list will assist you if you are planning a trip down to the apple isle.
The Glasshouse Restaurant – Suspended over Sullivan’s Cove at the end of Brooke Street Pier, Hobart Waterfront.
On a balmy summers evening in February we ventured down the pier to enjoy a late afternoon cocktail at the glasshouse restaurant. The view was breath-taking and allowed us to take in the entire bay. The selection of alcohol on offer was extensive as you’ll see from the wall of glass below and the cocktails came out looking pretty damn flash! Great spot, will be back for another drink and perhaps some food. Popular spot so you will need to book if you want a table otherwise there’s a great long bar with stools for any walk-ins.
Jack Greene – 49 Salamanca Place, Hobart
Our visit to Jack Greene was on a Saturday evening in early February. It was nice and warm and Salamanca had a great buzz about it with a heap of locals and tourist alike enjoying the weather, food, drinks and weekend. JG is known for its burgers and its a great casual place for a drink and meal. They were really busy but it didn’t take too long for the meals to come out. We ordered the beef and bacon burger and the southern fried chicken burger and they were both really good. We shared a side of the extra chunky chips which sure were massive but perfectly cooked. They also sell mini burgers, salads and a range of bar snacks and have a decent drinks menu.
Tandoor & Curry House- 101 Harrington Street, Hobart
We visited this curry house after being told about it from a colleague. The food was really good. We ordered the Makhan chicken which was basically like a butter chicken and a fish curry which has nice flavour. The garlic and cheese naan that we had was great and they also served wine and spirits. Service was great and they even had Indian music playing which really added to the traditional Indian décor.
Harbour Lights Cafe – 29 Morrison Street, Hobart Waterfront
At the beginning of Autumn we enjoyed breakfast on the waterfront sitting on the benches out the front of the cafe. We both ordered the eggs benedict with bacon and a coffee and it was down right delicious! Clint rated it a 9/10 given he orders eggs benedict at every place he can and I’m pretty sure he only didn’t give it a higher rating as he wasn’t sure if there was a better one out there. Service was really great and quick given it was a Saturday morning and very busy inside and out. They also serve lunch and dinner here so I think we will be back for some more food down the track.
St Albi – 49 Albert Road, Moonah
St Albi’s has become quite a regular for us at work given its only a couple of minutes around the corner and very easy to stop in for a drink and a catch-up. Its a decent space inside if you want to order dinner or there is an outdoor area which is really nice on Summer days when the sun is shining. They have plenty of drink choices both on tap and bottled and the bar snacks including the squid and the fat chips are quite delicious. The also have a caravan which is pictured below which offers drinks and more snacky food.
Pilgrim Coffee – 48 Argyle Street, Hobart (Opposite Hobart Hospital)
Pilgrim is a great café with fantastic coffee and food. When you enter off Argyle street you think it’s a tiny little place but there is an extra room out the back too. The coffee is good and the constant stream of nurses and doctors passing through from the hospital over the road surely shows they know how good it is too!
I ordered the soft poached eggs with bacon and mushrooms and it was a great breakfast. The eggs as you can see from the photo were extremely softly poached and they just oozed the yolk everywhere which is just what you want with a poached egg.
Room for a Pony – 338 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
This place has a lot to offer. The location is great, there are a range of seating options depending on the weather and the menu is really good. On my first visit I had the Vietnamese chicken noodle salad which was great. Early in the year we popped in for breakfast and Clint had his usual eggs benedict whilst I chose something quote random. It was the breakfast version of bangers and mash and the parmesan and caper potatoes with sausages and toast was really enjoyable even though it does look a little weird. I have since been back for the Chinese fried chilli omelette which comes served on rice and its very moreish. They also open later and offer bar snacks and drinks which is a good spot to stop into after dinner at one of the other local restaurants right on the doorstep.
Amici Restaurant – 310 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart.
Our first visit to Amici was on a Friday night for takeaway pizza. Our pizza choices included the meat lovers (ham, bacon salami & chicken) and Adriatico (chicken, prawns, avocado, red onion and brie cheese) and they were packed full of toppings and flavour. They also sell Calzone, Risotto, Pasta and a range of different starters and they are run by Italians so you get that joyous feeling that you are joining an Italian family for dinner in their house. On our second visit we sat in for dinner and ordered arancini balls for entrée and both went for a pasta dish for mains. Both dishes were just perfect. The carbonara which was my choice was really good with the right amount of meat and pasta and covered in sauce but not too heavy which some of them can be. Service was great and really quick which worked out well given we were off to the movies.
The Picnic Basket – 176 Channel Hwy, Taroona.
In June we were in Taroona checking out a community garden as research for our own preparation at home and came across this great little cafe. Not only does it sell amazingly fresh and healthy produce like these corn fritters with a poached egg and bacon but it also had a bacon and egg roll for Clint. The coffees were great and they are very Eco-conscious with recycling and composting all the waste coming out of the cafe. We will be back again next time we verture down this way.
Maldini Café Restaurant – 47 Salamanca Place, Hobart
Maldini is a family run Italian eatery which has a great atmosphere. They have a range of food on offer from seafood to pasta and risotto, to a range of mains. Clint chose the involtini di pollo which was a chicken breast wrapped in pancetta, filled with red peppers, mozzarella and spinach on creamy polenta with basil pesto. I had the Saltimbocca alla Romana which was the veal scallopine with prosciutto and sage on confit garlic mashed potato with sauteed asparagus and a marsala butter sauce. I absolutely loved mine and Clint did too. Its a very busy restaurant and noisy but I enjoy being able to sit there and have a conversation but quite easily just sit and watch people.
You can sit inside or you can choose an outside table which face out onto the busy Salamanca place. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. It isn’t a cheap restaurant but the quality of the food is outstanding.
In an attempt to try new places we went to Currency café in Lindisfarne in May. It was very easy to access with parking right outside the door which was good given it was a little wet on this particular day. To no surprise Clint ordered the Eggs Benedict and I chose the poached eggs, mushrooms and greens which went down a treat. The coffee was also very nice. A good spot if you just want to pop in for a quick bite to eat.
Koma Ramen – 115 Elizabeth Street, Hobart (Corner of Bathurst Street)
I am a massive fan of Ramen. I became hooked back in Perth and have struggled to find it in Hobart as the Asian food scene really isn’t that strong here yet. On a recent lunch break I came across Koma Ramen which is right in Hobart CBD. On a freezing cold day it was so nice to sit on the stool up against the window, watch the people wander past and enjoy a big bowl of warm soup, noodles and meat. This one was the teriyaki chicken ramen and it was delicious. In fact I’m still thinking about how good it was and I’m writing this days later. No doubt ill be heading back here some time soon.
Bury me standing bagels at Salamanca markets on Saturdays are also very good. Lathered in cream cheese they go down a treat. You can find them right at the end of the market at the Davey St end. The chcocklate brownies they sell are worth it too.
We have been to a number more places since we arrived in Hobart but not all of them I have been able to get photos of the location or the food before it gets devoured. So to wrap up here are a few other notable locations:
- The Fish Man on Hobart Waterfront – the best oysters from Bruny Island! They sell a dozen for $18 and there is just no comparison. I also buy my fish and prawns from here too.
- Bento Box in Moonah – Seriously good Japanese food – worth the wait.
- Dave’s Noodles in Moonah – Malaysian Curry Laksa.
- Legs & Breasts (yes that is what its called) have really good takeaway food and the gravy is not to miss. If you want a good chicken and chips you cant go wrong.
- Jam and Custard Donuts from Salamanca Market.
- You can’t beat the butcher – Trendy Cut Meats in New Town for meat.
- The Chicken burgers from the Albert Road Store in Moonah will satisfy any hunger.
- Barilla Oyster Farm in Cambridge serve very big meals and have some great daily specials. The oysters are also very good.
- Boathouse Restaurant in Cornelian Bay has the best seafood chowder I have ever eaten and the location looking over the bay towards the Tasman bridge is a pretty cool spot especially for visitors to the state.
- New Town Greenstore & Café is a great spot for lunch and especially good if you are dining with or you have any dietary requirements as they can cater for everyone!
- Preachers in Battery Point for the funky bar, craft beers, cider and spirits.
- Coffee from shake a leg junior in Moonah, Sash coffee in Sandy Bay or zimmah which is hidden away down an alley in the cbd.
- Mures Lower Deck for Fish & Chips
- The Whaler for a good pub meal, drinks & music in Salamanca; and lastly
- Breakfast at Red Square Cafe in Cambridge – scrambled eggs and bacon and eggs benedict were winners!
I have also posted previously on memorable locations that deserved a post in their own right including:
- Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed in Dunalley
- Born in Brunswick in North Hobart
- Frogmore Creek Restaurant & Winery
- Hamlet Café
We have plenty more locations on our list (well my list) that I want to try so hopefully in another 6 months time I’ll post another update with some new notable places of interest. Hopefully if you haven’t been to Tasmania yet you really consider it as it has so much to offer in addition to all this great food.