Foodie Tour of Tasmania
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 6, 2012 1:47 AM Last Post By: Dale164
Nov 3, 2012 8:26 AM
Nov 3, 2012 2:14 PM
Nov 4, 2012 3:00 AM
2If you are in Hobart, there is a Greek restaurant at Salamanca Place, named Methesis, it is the best Greek food ever.
If you are on the north west coast between Launceston and Burnie, there is Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, at Elizabeth Town, ETC bakery at Elizabeth Town. Ashgrove Cheese just past Elizabeth Town, Cherry shed at Latrobe, Anvers Chocolate Factory/restaurant at Latrobe, Strawberry Farm in Turners Beach (Berry Patch), Pedro' seafood restaurant in Ulverstone, The Wild in Penguin is delightful, Casablanca restaurant at Preservation Bay, Lactos Cheese at Makers workshop Burnie, and the whiskey distiller/restaurant in Burnie, the north west coast is a gastronomical delight.
Nov 4, 2012 12:29 PM
Nov 4, 2012 4:33 PM
4Few of these fit my description of "foodie", apart from the cheesemaker.
This claims to be a foodie guide to tasmania http://www.foodtourist.com/Hot_Spots/Tasmania.htm
This is the official tourism site for Tasmania on the subject http://www.discovertasmania.com/activities__and__attractions/food__and__wine
Mietta is a good authoritative guide to restaurants. Here's the tasmanian section http://www.miettas.com/Australia/Tasmania
Nov 4, 2012 8:12 PM
5That Mietta's page is pretty out of date, a lot of those restaurants have closed down (it's probably about ten years out of date).
A "foodie" experience in Hobart is Garagistes: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/345/1603926/restaurant/Tasmania/Garagistes-Hobart - it's a wine bar with share plates on the menu. Sidecar is their smaller wine bar and that's also pretty good.
Piccolo in North Hobart is also a beautiful Italian restaurant: more hearty than up to the minute "trendy" but it's my favourite place to dine when I'm down there. The Mill is a newish restaurant near the docks with a cute courtyard and lovely cocktails. The menu is pretty interesting and mainly share-style. Smolt is also very good, in Salamanca Square, a classy establishment with a great wine list and lots of creative kind of options (also share-plates).
I have to disagree with teh above poster about Mezethes, I found the meat very greasy and fatty and the salads pretty boring. But maybe it's improved since I was last there, it's been a couple of years!
Tricycle in Salamanca (near the Peacock Gallery) is the best cafe in Hobart, although you'll probably get a better-quality coffee as a takeaway from Doctor Coffee (also in Salamanca). The eggs at Tricycle are great. It's hard to get a table on the weekends so go early.
Salamanca Market is also a great place to have a "foodie" experience: if you go in summer there are lots of places selling fresh berries, artisan cheeses etc and the Bratwurst stall is always a winner.
Outside of Hobart the Bruny Island Cheese company is really great as is Ashgrove. You can drop in and have a cheese plate, and it's a nice drive. Peppermint Bay is a picturesque location and the food is high-end but to be honest I don't think it's that amazing: a good place for a coffee and a slice of cake maybe. Also Puddleduck vineyard is a lovely little winery near Richmond. If you have a car, why not go on a wine tasting tour of the Coal River Valley? (include Coal River vineyard and Meadowbank). If not, you can join a wine bus tour at the docks (near Salamanca).
Sweets and Treats is an old-style sweet shop in Richmond. Devonshire Tea at Ma Foosies is a kitsch old-fashioned experience (also in Richmond). Heading north, Freycinet Lodge has a lovely restaurant with a great wine list and it's a nice place to stay overnight.
I can't say I've spent much time further north but I recommend Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe in Launceston for a different experience, they have things like crocodile on the menu. Also Fresh (or Fresco? I can't remember the name) for breakfast and Stillwater is pretty special for a slap-up dinner (you pay for it though!) I agree with the above poster with the Latrobe recommendations if you're going that far north: the cheese farm and berry farm are pretty nice.
Hope this is helpful! Have a great trip :)
Nov 5, 2012 2:45 AM
Nov 6, 2012 1:47 AM
7Tasmanian oysters are the best in the world!!
Maybe I'm a little biased, as my father and I own an oyster farm south of Hobart.
But you seriously must try some fresh oysters when you are here.
Some places you can eat oysters, purchased directly from the farm are:
"Get Shucked", on Bruny Island, an hour or so drive south of Hobart including the 15 min. ferry ride.
"Barilla Bay Oysters", right next to the entrance to Hobart Airport.
"Freycinet Marine Farm", close to Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park, mid-way along Tasmania's east coast, about 2.5hrs drive from Hobart or Launceston.
All of these places have websites, you can look them up on google
You can also buy fresh oysters in many restaurants and 'fish and chip' places around Tasmania.
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