What to eat in Tasmania!
[bctt tweet=”Tasmania is the holy grail of gourmet food in Australia- What to eat in Tasmania! “] One of its key tourism draw cards is its natural ability to produce extraordinary food and wine! From the best cheeses, to fresh produce, seafood and cold climate wines, you will find them abundantly available!
Deciding what to eat in Tasmania is always the most difficult decision when visiting. I was lucky enough to travel to Tasmania twice last year, and spent majority of my time tracking down the best foodie delights I could find! It wasn’t a difficult challenge! Mornings eating pastries, afternoons spent devouring cheese plates or late night oysters and sparking wine. I was in foodie heaven!!
Here are the best things I ate in Tasmania, and why you need to spoilt yourself with a visit to the apple isle!
Mrs Jones Restaurant Bar Lounge, Devonport.
Oh my lord! I’m still trying to recover from this meal. It was hands down the best thing I ate last year. Whilst in Devonport I developed a mad craving for Thai food, and was sorely disappointed when my partner arranged for us to go out to dinner with his work mates and Thai wasn’t the preferred choice. We chose Mrs Jones because of its perfect location sitting idyllic above the lifesaving club overlooking the beach. I was excited to find they had an aromatic Thai styled red duck curry on the menu, and my jaw dropped when it was delivered to the table! Check out those juicy lychees!! The curry was rich and fragrant, and was perfectly balanced with the fresh vegetables such as pumpkin, eggplant, pickled cucumber, Vietnamese mint and those juicy lychees! The curry came served with coconut rice topped with crispy garlic. YUM!
I was so enamoured with my meal that the next day I decided to return for an afternoon treat of a glass of sparkling wine and some fresh oysters. I sat next to the window, overlooking the bay and thought to myself “Can it get any better than this?’
Sweet treats at Jackson & McRoss, Hobart
Located in the picturesque, English inspired, cottage lined streets of Battery Point, Jackson & McRoss is famous for its sweet treats and pastries. There is a cafe here which serves up cooked meals, but many come here to pick up delicious treats to eat on the go. It was almost impossible to choose what to eat here! There are so many delicious options on offer, such as pies, sandwiches, fresh breads, sweet pasties, cakes and biscuits. Jackson & McRoss became part of my morning ritual, strolling through the streets for a takeaway coffee and a sweet treat. The lemon tarts were a particular favourite.
Baked eggs at Tricycle, Hobart.
Lovers of cooked breakfasts, baked eggs or just eggs in general will love Tricycle. Not only do they serve up a mean coffee, but their menu is to die for! Featuring toasties, baked eggs and delicious healthy options this is one of the most popular hidden spots in Salamanca. I loved exploring the markets on a saturday and then slipping into the hidden cafe for a quiet retreat.
Cheese and wine at Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart.
Foodies will ask “Do I really need to go to a museum for this?” And my answer would be “YES!” The MONA gallery is not only iconic for its art collection but also as a paradise for food lovers. Built on the grounds of an existing winery, they take pride in preparing and showcasing the best Tasmanian produce. Craving seafood? Or do you feel like some cheese to accompany your Moorilla wine that is produced on site? Or just after a cold beer to quench your post museum thirst? MONA has you covered!
(PPST! Need 10 more reasons why you NEED to visit MONA? Check out my earlier post here!)
Stock up on fresh produce at the Farm Gate Market, Hobart.
This bustling fresh produce market is held every Sunday in the centre of Hobart. It is filled with local food merchants who bring the best quality Tasmanian produce together, including breads, cheeses, fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, and so much more. There are also many food stalls selling fresh hot meals for you to enjoy whilst you shop. The sushi stall here is legendary, considered to be the best sushi in Tasmania there always seemed to be a growing but fast-moving line!! I personally sampled the Vietnamese banh mi roll which was cooked and prepared fresh in front of me. The pickled vegetables were perfectly seasoned and were generously portioned, whilst the succulent pork was juicy and utterly delicious!
Coffee at Pilgrim, Hobart
Coffee lovers will rejoice – yes you can find outstanding espresso coffee in Hobart! Pilgrim is hands down the best option, with most locals and travel articles agreeing! The artisan style coffee is artfully brewed by baristas, and has a takeaway option. Those wanting to enjoy food with their coffee are also spoilt for choice here with options including crumpets, eggs and salads!
Fish and chips on the wharf, Hobart
Wandering along the wharfs in Hobart you’ll be overwhelmed with seafood options, ranging from exclusive dining to regular fish’n’chip shops. All the seafood is caught fresh everyday then brought back to the wharfs, so you can be assured that the seafood is fresh and of great quality. I’ve eaten at both the Drunken Admiral and at Murers where I enjoyed fresh fish and a brilliant selection of local wines!
Mud Bar Oysters, Launceston
One of my favourite foodie memories from my Tasmania road trip was spending an afternoon in the sun enjoying a plate of oysters and local wines at Mud Bar on the banks of the North Esk River. The oysters were of top quality and were so fresh that all they needed was a drop of lemon juice to bring them to perfection! Mud Bar is a famous establishment in Launceston, known for its casual Modern Australian styled dining experience.
Cooked breakfast at the Stillwater, Launceston.
As a lover of cooked breakfasts I was thrilled to visit Stillwater because of its reputation for delicious food and its stunning location in the historic Ritchie’s Mill at the mouth of the Cataract Gorge on the banks of the Tamar River. I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of perfectly poached eggs, crispy grilled bacon, roasted field mushrooms and meaty tomato baked beans. Each element was simply prepared and allowed the natural flavours to come out! The coffee here was also outstanding!
Tasmania is truly a food lovers delight! Bad food here is a sin! You can be assured that where ever you venture on this beautiful island you are sure to discover a multitude of memorable dishes along the way!
Tell me- What’s your favourite food memory you have from your travels? Would you travel back just to sample it again? I’d love to hear from you.