Restaurants in Hobart
The climate, fertile soils and unpolluted waters of Tasmania ensure that the island cultivates some wonderful fresh produce, including plenty of fruit (it's not called the 'Apple Isle' for nothing) and vegetables, but also exciting things like honey, black truffles, saffron, wasabi, olive oil and cheese. The fresh seafood is also superb, especially the Atlantic Salmon which is farmed in Tasmanian waters. Of course, Tasmania is also celebrated for its wine, producing cool climate wines such as sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and so forth, and some of the vineyards are just beyond Hobart.
For a long while Tasmania's culinary character was more British than anything else, with firmly colonial staples, but in recent years the island has embraced the Modern Australian trend and has quickly established itself as a wonderful foodie destination. Restaurants like the eccentric Garagistes, brainchild of chef Luke Burgess, are injecting creativity into Hobart's restaurant scene.
Those wanting to try their hand at Tasmanian cuisine should book a cooking class at Rodney Dunn's The Agrarian Kitchen, but such is the popularity of the school that it may be necessary to book six months in advance.
Annapurna Indian Cuisine
Located in North Hobart's multicultural dining strip, Annapurna Indian Cuisine certainly delivers when it comes to good Indian food. Heavily spiced dishes and generous portions keep diners coming back time and time again to this great value for money eatery. Brave diners should try the Beef Tindaloo, diced beef cooked with mushrooms in a chef's special dynamite sauce which is hotter than vindaloo, while more timid diners can enjoy the more subtle and aromatic flavours of Butter Chicken. Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. Bookings recommended.
Address: 305 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
Telephone: 6236 9500
Located at Moorilla, Australia's most awarded vineyard, the Source serves some of the finest gourmet cuisine in a contemporary setting with some of Australia's finest wines. Try the Lobster, herb and zest cous cous, almond milk and perfumed tomato to start, followed by the Roasted duck, Belgian endive, salted caramelised apple and coffee sauce for mains. The extensive wine list boasts not only local but international wines too, coming from as far afield as France and New Zealand. Open daily for lunch. Dinners on Friday and Saturday only.
Address: 655 Main Road Berriedale
Telephone: 6277 9900
Ball and Chain Grill
Located in Hobart's historic centre of Salamanca Place, the Ball and Chain Grill serves some of the best steaks in the city in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Boasting one of the most extensive wine lists in Australia, diners at the Ball and Chain will have no problem finding that full-bodied red to compliment their choice of steak. Try the pepper steak rolled in crushed peppercorns, or the Australian classic, the Carpetbag steak stuffed with oyster meat. Non-carnivorous guests can enjoy dishes like the grilled Tasmanian rainbow trout served with herb butter or char grilled quail with plum and ginger sauce. Bookings recommended.
Address: 87 Salamanca Place
Telephone: 6223 2655
The Drunken Admiral
One of Hobart's iconic restaurants, the Drunken Admiral was established in 1979 and has been feeding hungry landlubbers the best delights of the sea in a nautically themed dining room where couples can enjoy cosy corners for a more intimate dining experience. Try the seafood platter, the juicy King Prawns or the Marrakech market Tagine baked salmon with chickpea curry, tomato and coriander. Open daily for dinner from 6pm. Reservations recommended.
Address: 19 Old Wharf, Hobart Town
Telephone: 6234 1903
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