1. Faro Restaurant, Mona
Faro is bold. The thirteen-metre-high ceilings are bold. The James Turrell giant ball of art near your side plate is bold. Offering feral pig eyes in cocktail ice blocks is definitely bold. But what would you expect from Mona’s latest bar and restaurant? Exec Chef Vince Trim serves up a Spanish tapas menu. Go the Art + Dinner combo for an exclusive peek at what’s in the ball.
2. Clover Hill Cellar Door
There are few sparkling houses in the country committed to producing sparkling wines using the traditional method. Clover Hill is one such house and sipping their bubbles is best done at the cellar door in north-east Tasmania. The rammed earth build, exposed timber beams and sweeping vineyard views combine for a sparkling experience.
3. Frogmore Creek City
Like your plates served pretty as a Tassie picture? Then look no further than the slick city sister of Frogmore Creek Wines. Housed in MACq01 on Hobart’s waterfront, The Lounge is all elegance. Drop in for concept cocktails or completely lose track of time while you eat with views to Mount Wellington/Kunanyi.
4. Old Wharf Restaurant, Macq01
Positioned on the ground floor of MACq01 hotel, ask to be waterside at Old Wharf for the best seats in the house. In spring enjoy ex-Saffire Freycinet chef Simon Pockran’s menu alfresco-style – restaurants don’t come much closer to the River Derwent. Trust the chef and opt for the five course degustation menu if you don’t cope well with food envy.
5. Grain of the Silos, Launceston
The new Peppers Silos hotel sets the scene for some truly locavore dining with the opening of Grain at the Silos. The light-filled dining room sits on the banks of the Tamar River with a menu designed to show off the best of Tassie – beef and lamb from up the road, seafood from all around (it is an island after all) and cheese from the likes of Grandvewe, Coal River Farm and Bruny Island Cheese. Lookout for the Producers Series dinners where you’ll meet the people behind the produce and be part of an authentic paddock-to-plate experience.
6. Landscape Restaurant
Landscape’s Argentinian-style Asado grill is fed timber from old sherry, bourbon or port casks. Charring and smoking over this seasoned timber gives the wagyu beef at Landscape its distinct flavour. The restaurant name honours iconic landscape artist John Glover whose work depicting 19th century Tassie lines the thick sandstone walls of the restaurant. There’s also the option of dining at the Chef’s Table, a space that allows larger groups to enjoy a private, personalised dining experience.
7. Wrest Point – Kwan Ho by Me Wah
Kwan Ho is a collaboration between Hobart’s famous Me Wah Chinese restaurant and Wrest Point Casino. The traditional Chinese restaurant is all about sharing with a strong focus on Cantonese, Sichuan and Shanghai cuisine. Central to the dining experience is live Tasmanian seafood – choose from black lip abalone, freshly shucked oysters, crayfish and scallops.
8. Gastown East
Experience a little bit of Canada on Hobart’s eastern shore, with plenty of Canadian inspired food and drinks on offer at Gastown East. A nod to Vancouver’s famous Gastown district, you’ll find classic dishes like salmon, poutine and cinnamon fry bread as well as a very Canadian cocktail list. Located across the harbour from Hobart’s CBD and with a sunny deck and views out to Bellerive Quay, this is a picturesque spot to start or finish your day.
9. Suminato Japanese Restaurant
Head to King Street Sandy Bay for kingfish – part of the chef’s sashimi selection alongside scallops, tuna, salmon and caviar. The authentic Japanese menu moves with Tasmania’s seasons. Plump local oysters with Japanese style sauces, lamb cutlets, smooth sake and black sesame panacotta are all good reason to book a spot at one of Suminato’s solid Tasmanian oak tables.
10. Woodbridge Smokehouse Taste House
The Southern Ocean turns out some fine tasting salmon and ocean trout. At Woodbridge Smokehouse they hand smoke the fish using wood from their 25 acre organic apple orchard. The result? Let’s just say it’s worth the scenic drive to their tasting house. Plus, there are fantastic water views from the tasting table.
11. Ti Ama
The team from Local Pizza (a favourite amongst Hobartians) have opened a sister restaurant in Hobart’s bustling Battery Point and we couldn’t be happier. With its jovial atmosphere, disco-ball of a pizza oven an inventive cocktail list, Ti Ama has all the building blocks for a fun night out. Make space on the table for plenty of fresh salads, wood-fired pizza and pasta…and a dessert menu you’ll probably want to keep for yourself.
12. Suzie Luck’s Canteen and Cocktail Bar
There are some seriously fun vibes going on at Suzie Lucks of Salamanca Square. The canteen and cocktail bar is a lively addition to the area with its snap-worthy cocktails and pan-Asian menu. Go for small bites like DIY roast pork roll ups or opt for the mighty 12-course Dragon Banquet.
13. 7K Distillery
Tyler and Harry are the faces behind 7K. A visit to their unique distillery (by appointment) is to arrive to a trio of modified shipping containers that house their pride and joy – a gorgeous 1100 litre copper pot still along with their bottling line, lab, barrel house and more. These hands-on fellows are passionate about the ethos of reusing and recycling, along with foraging for native botanicals that they use in the gin. Try their Aqua Vitae Modern Gin by any means necessary.
14. The Den
If you need to escape, The Den is your refuge. Step inside the old colonial sandstone building with its local wood and tan leather fit out and you risk never wanting to leave. Flickering fire, killer cocktail list (try the Apple Isle with Granny Smith infused vodka) and plenty of tasty finger food great for sharing and drink pairing. Retreat long into the night in this historic old Salamanca Place building.
15. Charlotte Jack
August will see the opening of Devonport’s latest restaurant, Charlotte Jack. It’s Ben Milbourne’s first restaurant, the north-west local rising to fame following his appearance on Masterchef in 2012. Between national TV shows, books and guest appearances. Get ready for a very Tasmanian take on modern Australian, celebrating the freshest produce from Ben’s coastal backyard.