Top New Tasmanian Dining Experiences
Hungry? Your mouth will be watering as you read about these new delicious dining experiences around Tasmania.
Tasmania’s taste revolution continues apace, with a host of recent food and drink openings across the state. Be it rooftop revels, foraging for your own feast, or a lazy beer among the pastures of King Island, matchless experiences are part of the menu at these new tastes of Tasmania.
Hobart’s first rooftop venue takes things to literal new levels. AURA’s lounge bar and restaurant sit atop the 12-storey Crowne Plaza, commanding views of the River Derwent and kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Come for a drink with altitude, a snack, or a degustation menu of six or nine courses using the very best of Tasmanian produce. The ‘Chef’s Experience’ delivers you prime position at the bar so you can chat to the chefs as they prepare the plates. Just don’t turn your back for long on those sky-high views.
Level 12, 110 Liverpool Street, Hobart; www.aurahobart.com.au
Dāna Eating House (Hobart)
Goodness goes a long way at this modern South East Asian restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Hobart’s CBD. The seasonal menu uses the highest-quality produce from local farmers, while the restaurant donates a percentage of profits to a changing list of local and global charities. Diners are invited (but not pressured) to match the donation, creating a distinctly ethical eating experience.
131 Murray Street, Hobart; www.danaeatinghouse.com.au
Tasmanian gin has a new temple at Hobart’s luxe Gin(bar). By day it’s the Gin-stitute, running gin-blending masterclasses (you’ll leave with your own self-blended bottle of gin), morphing in the evening into the luxe Gin(bar). Run by Forty Spotted Gin, the bar is intricately styled to resemble the nest of the endemic and eponymous forty spotted pardalote, one of Australia’s rarest birds. Forty Spotted’s full range of gin is on the menu, including a selection of experimental varieties, such as Tassie Bush Honey Gin or Raspberry and Rose, available only at the bar.
30 Argyle Street, Hobart; ginbarhobart.com
It’s boomtime in Oatlands, with a host of new openings around town, headlined by this cosy wine, cheese and spirits bar in an atmospheric former dispensary built by one of the owners’ ancestors in the 1870s. The bar’s philosophy is unswervingly local, serving only wine, beer and spirits produced within a 60-kilometre radius of town, along with platters of local produce. If you think that night be limiting, consider again – there are more than 70 wines on offer, and over a dozen distilleries represented.
74 High St, Oatlands; imbibers.com.au
Dunalley Bay Distillery (Murdunna)
Perched on the shores of its namesake bay, this new distillery, 45 minutes’ drive from Hobart, creates distinctive gins from native botanicals – the likes of celery top pine, mountain pepperleaf and Kakadu plums – producing flavours as striking as the views from the distillery’s rustic tasting huts. Accept the invitation of a bit of ginstronomy, a tasting experience pairing the distillery’s gins – the seductive Rosie and Hip, the moody Blue Blue and the classy Boney Dry – with local cheeses, seafood, fruits and desserts. Dogs are as welcome as drinkers.
3496 Arthur Highway, Murdunna; dunalleybaydistillery.com.au
Forage up your own seasonal feed with Mic Giuliani at Sirocco South, one of the familiar long-term fixtures at Hobart’s Farm Gate Market. Sharing his secret foraging sites, Mic guides guests in hunting out springtime asparagus, autumn mushrooms and, in summer, the likes of bower spinach, seaweeds and sea urchins. Then on the shores of Frederick Henry Bay, those ingredients are combined with local meat and seafood to create a six-course long-table feast paired with Bream Creek Vineyard wines.
Alm Restaurant (Cranbrook)
Seasons are pronounced in vineyards, and that extends to the highly seasonal menu at Milton Vineyard’s new Alm Restaurant on the east coast. The menu celebrates simple, local food that matches well with Milton’s cool-climate wines, and changes weekly, depending on seasonal produce and staff passions. The dining room overlooks the vines, and the kitchen is headed by ex-Movida chef Zac Green. Alm is open for lunch Friday to Sunday – check the restaurant’s Instagram account to peruse the blackboard with the weekend menu.
14635 Tasman Highway, Cranbrook; almrestaurant.com.au
Monsoon Fusion Tapas (Launceston)
A Hobart favourite gets a northern address, with owner Yaya Waite and chef Tanya Thananchaithiti bringing 16 years of experience with Thai Veggie Hut and Monsoon Fusion to central Launceston. The tastes are distinctly Asian, the concept is Spanish tapas, and the produce is Tasmanian – locally grown garden herbs, vegetables, free-range meats and fresh seafood. Fusion enough for you?
178 Charles St, Launceston; monsoonlaunceston.com
Stoney Rise Wine Company (Tamar Valley)
This 1850s Tamar Valley mansion, just 40 minutes’ drive from Launceston, is the centrepiece of Waterton Hall Wines, creating a wedding venue that combines history with the finest flavours of Tasmania, and a spectacular view to boot. Cross the circular lawn – a great spot for canapes and Tamar Valley sparkling – and you’ll find two pillars framing the Tamar River that make the ideal setting for the ceremony. Photo opportunities abound across the property, from among the vines to a beautiful boatshed and deck on the river, to the restored 19th-century stone barn that doubles as the reception venue. And the wines have never been more local.
19 Hendersons Lane, Gravelly Beach; stoneyrise.com/cellar-door
Glendale Vineyard (Tamar Valley)
Taste your grapes in an old apple shed at this tucked-away cellar door on the west bank of the River Tamar. The timber shed has been beautifully converted into the most atmospheric of dens – prop yourself on a log seat by the fire, settle into the leather sofa, or arrange one of the vineyard’s picnics, featuring a platter of local produce by the lake or among the vines. The cellar door is open Thursday to Sunday by appointment only.
163 Glendale Rd, Sidmouth; glendaletasmania.com
Pilot Station Café (Low Head)
Old meets new at Australia’s oldest pilot station beside the mouth of the River Tamar. Classically old-fashioned dishes such as Scotch eggs, posh fish finger open sandwiches and Eton mess are as timeless as the 1805 pilot station itself, but swing by on a Friday or Saturday evening and this salty old pilot will be guiding gourmet tapas – Mallorcan lamb fritos and eggplant canelones, among them – to your table. Keep a watch for special events such as the Decadent Seafood Evenings for a spot of romance, or fly-a-kite days for families.
399 Low Head Rd, Low Head; lowheadpilotstation.com.au/restaurant
King Island Brewhouse
Tasmania’s most northerly and arguably most remote brewery has just opened its doors on King Island’s east coast. Perched on a rise, surrounded by the island’s famed pastures, the brewery has an attached taproom with lounge and deck for a casual cruise through the range of its beers – five core brews plus seasonal and experimental creations. Sample a few while taking a peek at the brewery’s inner workings.
36 Lancaster Rd, Pegarah; kibrew.house/home