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A Foodie’s Guide to Tasmania: Food and Wine on the Apple Isle

18 Nov 2021

With over 3 million hectares of protected spaces, Tasmania is a nature lover's paradise. It's a top destination for those wanting to escape the trappings of modern-day living, but that doesn't mean it's short on sophistication.

Tas foodies guide

If you love your food and picturesque places to enjoy it, you should pack your bags and head to Tasmania. The island offers a host of rich and varied culinary offerings. You'll find these showcased among a wide range of quaint eateries dotted across this diverse destination.

Discover some of the most charming and rewarding Australian food and wine locations in this handy guide to what Tasmania's food and wine scene has to offer.

Hobart Food and Wine Guide

No trip to Tasmania is complete without stopping off in the beautiful capital, Hobart. This gorgeous, historic city is awash with aged sandstone buildings and enigmatic charm. It's also a stomping ground for those in search of some of the trendiest Australian restaurants.

Templo

98 Patrick St. Hobart 7000
@templohobart

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Templo sets the pace when it comes to Hobart restaurants. It epitomises minimalism and purity of purpose, with just 20 seats up for grabs. Everything you eat at this trendy reservations-only outlet comes from within 50 kilometres. Every wine makes the grade thanks to a reputation for minimal intervention.

Templo serves an every varying seasonal set menu, and you'll need to book at least 60 days in advance. The food is simple yet staggeringly tasty and the chef matches each dish with the perfect wine to bring out its best.

Frank

Franklin Wharf, Hobart
@frank_restaurant_bar

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On the other end of the scale, Frank dishes up huge slabs of expert Argentinian-style steaks. It's a haven of slow-grilled, expertly seasoned beef, including a huge 800g thin skirt and a 400g Scotch fillet.

The wine list is awash with specimens of Australia's finest vintages, and it's worth dabbling in the cocktail menu too. Make sure you leave plenty of room for the delectable charred banana with salted caramel ice cream dessert.

Frank wines

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The wine list is awash with specimens of Australia's finest vintages, and it's worth dabbling in the cocktail menu too. Make sure you leave plenty of room for the delectable charred banana with salted caramel ice cream dessert.

Upon arrival, your server will guide you through the menu to craft a two-person sharing platter comprising anything that catches your eye. Trouble is - there's a lot to choose from, and it's all delicious.

Peacock and Jones

33 Hunter St. Hobart
@peacockandjones

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Secluded behind a classic sandstone facade on Hobart's waterfront, Peacock and Jones offer an ever-changing menu that flows in time with Tasmania's seasons. Every ingredient hails from nearby and the chefs glean inspiration from the foods beloved by locals.

Although you never really know what you'll get until you arrive, some of the most acclaimed dishes include:

Ocean trout gravlax
Glazed duck breast
Berkshire pork
Grilled wallaby
Peacock & Jones

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The wine list reads like a who's who of Australian wine excellence, and the restaurant keeps sixty bottles in stock at all times. So, you'll never run out of options to experience the fruit of the Australian vine while dining at Peacock and Jones.

Dier Makr

123 Collins Street, Hobart
@diermakr

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This popular Hobart restaurant holds pride of place next to the Lucinda wine bar, which gives you plenty to do while you wait for a table. It's an unusual place where you'll discover exciting dishes and flavour combinations. 

The basic kitchen comprises little more than a couple of hot plates and a hibachi, where the chefs work their magic creating exquisite dishes from locally-sourced ingredients.

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Some of the delights that emerge from this hallowed space include ravioli bursting with celeriac cream, smoked gummy shark bacon in a sea of mushroom broth, and tender skewers of octopus. The wine list follows suit with offerings of aged sake, but you can always order something a little more conventional from next door.  

The Lobster Shack, Bicheno

40 Waubs Esplanade Bicheno
@lobstershacktasmania

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Every seafood item on this menu comes to you fresh from the ocean. It's caught that morning and pauses only for moments of careful preparation before arriving at your table.

Some not-to-miss items at this acclaimed diner include the lobster doused in lemon and garlic sauce, local mussels, char-grilled Tasmanian salmon, or fish and chips.

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Can't make up your mind? You can also customise a seafood platter that fulfils your fantasies. A selection of fine Tasmanian sparkling wines, Chardonnays, Rieslings, and Rosès completes the picture.

Goaty Hill, Kayena

530 Auburn Road, Kayena
@goatyhillwines

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Goaty Hill is not your average wine and cheese place. It's one of several excellent wineries, cafés, and restaurants located within 50 km of Launceston's CBD. This premier winery nestles in the heart of the Tamar Valley, offering glorious wine tastings combined with your selection from their gourmet platter menu.

Designed for sharing, these meticulously composed meals include a host of Tasmanian delicacies, like terrine, charcuterie, smoked chicken, salmon paté, frittata, olives and fruit. You can also opt for a lighter version comprising locally made cheeses, seasonal fruit, crackers, and home-baked bread.
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Feel your cares drift away as you sip and savour this wholesome farm fare surrounded by lush lawns, sprawling vineyards, and the sounds of nature. Tamar Valley is the oldest wine region in the state, offering 32 vineyards to choose from. So, there's plenty of exploring left to do once you've snapped out of the reverie induced by this idyllic venue. 

Discover Tasmania's Finest Food and Wine Locations

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