A drip to the fine little detachment that is Tasmania is a an exercise in mammoth deliciousness. Eating you way around the island capital is no simple knife and fork affair, it requires the most refined appetites to fit it all in. Well look, not really. For every unaffordable elite establishment, with entree prices to make your eyes water, there’s an eatery with prime local fare for less. Here’s just how to eat as the locals do.
#1 Sons of Baja
Showcasing the locally sourced in a Mexican way, Sons of Baja’s menu rests on a bedrock of seafood. Oysters shucked fresh, ceviche cubed into bite size fun and for the hungry hordes fish and lime salt tacos. No sombrero needed, this place eschews Mexican stereotypes in favour of a clean facade and impeccable food.
When the local pub serves kingfish sashimi or blue cheese custard, you know you’re a long way from home. Appointed Hobart’s greatest pub, the venue feels delightfully quaint with a roaring charisma that flows throughout. Taking pride in doing things differently depending on your party’s tastes, one can be munching on a crispy fried chicken sandwich while the other devours the lamb naan. Get you a pub that can do both.
#3 Pop Cafe
When a Fatties member rates a burger 4/5 pickles, you know this place is worth a flight and ferry. Seriously. And it’s so good it’s not even on the menu. Ask for the The B.B King, a marriage of blue cheese, bacon, quality local beef, BBQ sauce and button mushrooms. If you aren’t salivating at the sound of it, you don’t deserve a try of the highly rated buns.
Rustic Italian food at it’s prime, it’s time to commit to your holiday eating and dive into three courses. Otherwise it’s just a waste. The pizza toppings here are varied but selective, chicken with pancetta or pork belly with gorgonzola. The blissful bombolini to finish things off will take you to an all new place of sugar nirvana.
A Middle Eastern sharing experience, bring a crowd and taste it all. Start your journey with Lebanese dumplings, sweet potato married with haloumi and a whole host of dipping starters. Trust us. Take your fancy of meaty mains from twelve hour braised lamb to chermoula dusted local beef. But no visit is complete without a pull of Persian fairy floss, not overly sweet like it’s carnival counterpart, you’ll love it.
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