Tasmania is a lush, green island off the southern coast of Australia, and its gentle climate and fertile soils deliver some of the finest produce to be found anywhere. Some superb restaurants on the island embrace this quality to serve truly excellent food, but others are not quite so careful, so it pays to know where to eat before you go.
The Stackings is a fine restaurant in the Peppermint Bay complex of Woodbridge, a 45-minute drive south of Hobart. Chef David Moyle and a talented team work to deliver sublime meals based on locally-sourced ingredients in season. Moyle has a particularly light touch with seafood, and his fish dishes are always immaculately fresh and impeccably cooked.
Garagistes, in Hobart, has developed a reputation as Tasmania's most exciting restaurant. Any visitor to Tasmania with an interest in food wants to eat here, and it's easy to see why. The food is seasonal and sourced only from the finest producers. The wine is selected according to a firm belief that wines should be grown and produced locally. Indeed, Garagistes serves what may be Australia's most comprehensive and fascinating list of indigenous wines.
The opulent interior of Me Wah in Hobart (there is also a branch in Launceston) is surpassed only by the sumptuousness of the wine list. This is one of the few places in Tasmania where you can select a Roman'e Conti, but you can sample a vertical of Grange Hermitage if you want to stay local. As for the food, the dumplings stand out, so order plenty of them. Blended on the premises, the XO sauce is out of this world. The handmade noodles tossed in abalone jus will have you licking your lips in fond memory for months to come!
Chef Scott Minervini performs magical feats at Lebrina Restaurant, Hobart's leading venue for a special evening out. Set in a cottage, the restaurant is cosily laid out in a series of small rooms, complemented by professional and unobtrusive service. The food is traditional but not staid and served with an exceedingly light touch.
Remi de Provence
To experience the best French cooking in Tasmania, you need to go to Remi de Provence. With an emphasis on provincial fare rather than haute cuisine, the food is simple and perfect. Chef Remi Bancal excels at this style of regional French cuisine, particularly with his braised dishes and aged steaks. The menu is complemented by a wine list featuring many of France's best vintages.
For a comprehensive sampling of Tasmania's best produce, take a gourmet food tour. On a Gourmania walking tour, Hobart host Mary McNeill will introduce you to some of the most talented and passionate food producers, many of which are off the tourist trail. The city tour gives you a unique taste of local culture, urban history, and great food and wine; "Tea to Tapas"ÂÂÂ is a three-hour tour of Hobart's best restaurants and producers, starting with afternoon tea; "Farmgate to the Plate"ÂÂÂ starts with a trip to the Farmgate Market, proceeds with a cooking class, and ends with a shared three-course lunch.