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Thinking of spending a week in Tassie, but haven't planned which cities/towns. Any restaurant suggestions? would love creative things done with local food, maybe some great seafood. Will try anything from shack by the road to fine dining. Also need suggestions for a good espresso in the mornings, maybe some good local cheese too. thanks!

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  1. You probably know this already, but the wines of Tasmania are sometimes really out of this world. Particularly things like Pinot Noir. If you like wine, keep an eye out for them.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      That sounds good - we enjoyed visiting central Otago vineyards and had some great Pinots there, any particular Tasmanian vineyards? do they do tastings? restaurants with good local wine lists?

      1. re: debbieann

        East coast and Launceston are pinot territory - not as austere/ purist as Otago pinot though. Look out for Freycinet, Domaine A and Stefano Lubiana.

        Launceston and Hobart are the food centres, but there has been a reshuffle in chefs very recently around the top Tassie restaurants.

        Suggest you arrive at Hobart and leave Launceston or vice versa and go up/ down the east coast.

        1. re: debbieann

          I think it is rare for an Australian winery not to do tastings, some have grand cellar doors others very humble. I was last in Tassie a few years ago but IIRC all the restaurants will have lots of local wine on their lists. The better the restaurant the better the selection.

          I second Stefan Lubiana for Pinot - their Primavera was our favourite tipple a few years ago

      2. Tasmanian honey is spectacularly wonderful, hard to find (here in the US) and very expensive. I believe that (disappearing) leatherwood trees which are found only (or maybe mainly in Tasmania) account for the extraordinary flavor. If you find some (which certainly seems likely), don't pass it up!

        links which tell all about tasmanian honey....www.tasmanianhoney.com/...and also http://tinyurl.com/mh22k8

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        1. re: fauchon

          Leatherwood honey is beautiful, but its so strongly flavoured!

          Cheese: Ashgrove near Launceston. Best Lancashire-style cheese in the southern hemisphere. Also pyengana for cheddar, its just off the main east coast road. Kates Berry Farm for everything berry related.

          Coffee is fine in Hobart and Launceston, it gets a bit ropey once you're on the road - too many lattes made with too much milk and no coffee

          Seafood is probably marginally better at the nicer restaurants in Hobart (MarqueIV on the waterfront has always been the top rec but they've just lost their chef). At the other end of the price scale, Hobart has a series of floating fish and chip boats with daily changing prices based on catch, and Mures seafood has a couple of adjoining restaurants - their Japanese is my favourite.

          1. re: mr_gimlet

            thank you for all your help, much appreciated!

            1. re: mr_gimlet

              I know this post is from AAAAAGES ago, but I had to give a shout-out to Bruny Island Cheese Company. It's truly special. And Bruny itself is gorgeous. Well worth the ferry trip.

              1. re: LauraGrace

                haven't been to Tassie yet, added Bruny Island Cheese - I love their cheese.

          2. Devasted to hear that Marque IV's chef has gone!

            Apart from that recomendation, I would say try the bakery in Richmond (very quaint old town about 25 mins from Hobart) - best pies and sausage rolls EVER!!!

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            1. re: AussieBeth

              He's gone to Peppermint or whatever its called.

            2. From Tassie I can tell you that Ashgrove cheese is the best, there is also a place called 41 Degrees not far from there (http://www.41south-aquaculture.com/) that does some great cold cured Salmon. The Raspberry Farm (http://www.raspberryfarmcafe.com/) does some great Raspberry Brandy - honest! The wine is mostly for red lovers as it's the best soil for reds. For fresh produce you can't go past our potatoes. Before I moved to Tassie I thought there were two types of potatoes - washed and unwashed. I now know all the types and the best use for all of them. Summer is Pink Eye season, and you can't beat them as bolied new potatoes served with butter. Of course our seafood is to die for (go to Fish Frenzy on the Hobart waterfront for the best seafood platter http://www.fishfrenzy.com.au/) and food wise I've been told that Fee and Me in Launceston is good and Picallily in Hobart is good as well. Cygnets Red Velvet Lounge is also an up and coming place to eat, so don't skimp on the out of town sites.

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              1. hi, wanted to give this post a bump, as i have basically the same questions and just arrived in launceston with about a week and a half in tassie total. i hear tasmanian oysters are amazing, any recs for where to get good ones (dining out)? looking forward to chese, wine and fresh seafood here! thanks

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                1. re: auberginegal

                  you'll find oysters all down the east coast, but St Helens is the hot spot. Also just near Hobart airport if you go that far down is a well known oyster shop

                2. I will be heading towards Hobart in February. Suggestions?

                  1. ok we are finally going! Thank you for all the suggestions.

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                    1. re: debbieann

                      In addition to Bruny Island Cheese, I'd recommend Grandvewe Cheesery! Went there a few months ago and it was lovely. Hope you enjoy your time there! :)

                      1. re: LauraGrace

                        I went a few months ago. Lovely area.

                        A few things:
                        - Fish Frenzy was OK, but Mures is even better. The ground floor has the look of canteeen, but the oysters are cheap and great and with a reasonable bottle of Muscadet sat on the pier, It's hard to beat.
                        - We tried Marque IV and it was pretty disappointing experience. The place was not very buzzy with the food being too fussy and lacking gravitas.
                        - We liked Bruny Island, but the cheese shop is an anti-climax. Sure the cheese is good, but the destination itself is nothing special. If you are heading there I can though thoroughly recommend Bruny Island Smokehouse (2mins from Ferry) for the best hot smoked salmon I've tasted.


                    2. Tasmania in February.......drive to Barnboogle Dunes for golf might pass a Pub or two. Perhaps a small town eatery nearby for special seafood or beef with what I am told are the best vegetables on the planet? Any sugguestions from Downunder?

                      1. So we had two GREAT meals in Hobart - Piccalilly - the degustation was wonderful and creative and delicious. I think the creativity comes through on the degustation. There were a few molecular gastronomy elements, lots of use of local seasonal produce.

                        photos are here:

                        and Garagistes! which was mostly empty when we were there. We had a lamb's tongue salad there that was omg good, can't wait to go back and order it again. More casual than Piccalilly. Both places had good wine by the glass choices, though I think Garagistes is a little obsessed w biodynamic organic etc.. Photos here:

                        I also enjoyed Jackman and McRoss bakery. and we had a good Malaysian lunch at Sawak.

                        who said there was good coffee in Hobart? not good like Proud Mary or Three Bags Full or Cup of Truth. We thought the best was at Next Door, but since it looks like we'll be in Hobart for three months we might drag our expobar machine down there in order to have a short mac that is short.

                        Had some nice cherries, good cheese from Bruny and Grandvewe.

                        oh and I was no fan of Mures, felt like I was at fisherman's wharf - I preferred fish 349 in North Hobart, but even that was ok not go out of your way good (for a main of $25-30, I'm surprised you order at the bar and get a number, but maybe Hobart is informal that way)

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                        1. re: debbieann

                          Not a fan of The Cupping Room? Or Villino? Love both those places.

                          1. re: LauraGrace

                            I wasn't a big fan of Villino, thought their short mac was a bit thin and watery - not "short" enough. We (Debbie is my partner and those are my Flickr photos...) like Next Door but still looking for my thick syrupy ristrettos. Will have to check out The Cupping Room.

                            We'll be moving to Hobart for 3 months starting in Jan. Next on the list is Monty's.

                            1. re: haynes

                              Nice time of year to be there with the loooong evenings. Garagistes has a huge following c/o John Lethlean at The Age. I think your summary of it as a cave des vins is a good call.

                              Have to say my best meals in Tassie were all lower end - oysters from the oyster place near the airport and fish and chips from a shack in Bicheno(?). Some good places if you take a weekend at the northern end.

                              1. re: haynes

                                I think Tassie produce is WAY ahead of Tassie restos. That's just my opinion, but I think you're much more likely to get a good meal at your own home with some of the amazing local produce than at a restaurant.

                                Do check out The Cupping Room. Best latte I ever tasted.

                                Quite jealous of your long sojourn in Tasmania -- it's this Kentucky girl's second favorite place on earth after home sweet home!! :)

                          2. I am loving Tassie. Had a really good steak in Launceston (we kept driving by all these beautiful cows) - at Black Cow - they had a table for us at 930 pm, unlike Swansea that closed down at 8pm. Also had some trouble finding coffee and food Sunday morning in Launceston CBD, but a short walk away we found Elaia at 240 Charles St. and had a delicious breakfast.

                            I also like Smolt in Hobart. and Monty's was good - they had a nice cheese selection and you could pick your cheeses ahead so they could bring it up to room temperature.

                            The Lenna is a pretty hotel, but the restaurant is dated/boring.