Must Eats in Tasmania – a foodie’s heaven (Part 2)
So in my previous post on must eats in Tasmania, I shared where you should go if you only had one day to eat all you could eat (which I’m sure you would recognise that it’d be an absolute waste to only allocate one day, after you reading that post & this one), where to find the best steak, oysters and brunch. Continuing on, there are still lots of other food I’ve yet to mention, which I’ll cover in this post.
Spring Vale Wines summer barbecue
These were places that we chanced upon, while enjoying the cellar doors, and were pleasantly surprised at how delectable the food was!
We were so lucky that Spring Vale Wines was having a pop-up summer barbecue set up right onsite when we were visiting. This was truly a hidden find, with little crowd, as they had yet to do much publicity about it. We browsed and tasted wines at the cellar door, and the staff were an incredibly generous bunch who showcased their wine collection and talked us through the varietals we tasted. We then ordered a couple of glasses and just-slightly-tipsy, made our way over to the tented restaurant for a lovely wine-paired meal.
We also visited Bruny Island Premium Wines and had a great meal there. If the 1 kilo Prime Bruny Island Beef Tommohawk steak is available on the specials list during your visit, order it! It’s a huge portion that is meant to feed two, but could probably easily satisfy three smaller appetites, and comes with all the sides on the menu like baby carrots in leatherwood honey, grilled broccolini with Romesco sauce (I loved this) and pink eye potatoes with confit garlic aioli.
Barilla Bay hot seafood plate
Being an island, Tasmania is naturally blessed with some of the freshest seafood that you can find. And we enjoyed an abundance of it while we were on our trip. The moment we landed in Tasmania, we found ourselves at Barilla Bay, just a short drive from the airport, where we dived into a Hot Seafood Plate featuring a dozen Kilpatrick oysters, salt and pepper squid, steamed chilli mussels and fish. We were off to a good start!
Over at Launceston, we had a lovely meal at Hallams Seafood Restaurant which was just right next to the pier, providing a nice view of the sunset as we enjoyed our dinner. The dishes had an Asian twist to them, with ingredients like lemongrass and nori, and we couldn’t get enough of it! The portions were a tad on the small side (compared to the usual Australian portions), so that’s just something to take note if you plan to dine there.
Tasmanian scallop pie
One more must-try you cannot miss in Tasmania (in fact you’ll see it everywhere that it’s unmissable), is the Tasmanian Scallop pie. We had one of the yummiest at Salamanca Market, and there are many other places that claim to serve the best ones too!
Burgers Got Soul
Burger Got Soul has a few outlets scattered around Tasmania and was also one of the best meals we had! Sometimes you just need some good ol’ fast food to perk up your day. Okay, calling this place fast food is probably not the best description, because they do put effort into their food! They have beef, chicken and lamb burgers, out of which we tried the former two. But I’d say, skip the chicken and go straight for the beef – this is still hands down the best patty for a burger! You get a choice of bun to have your meat sandwiched in or opt for a bunless lettuce cup if you’re on a diet. The sweet potato fries and onions rings we ordered on the side were absolutely addictive, and if you’re one of those who love the OTT-milkshakes, you’d be happy to know that there’s a good selection of those crazy sweet drinks here too.
Italian feast at Da Agnelo Ristorante
Oh, and I know I said that we had the best meal at Black Cow, but Da Angelo Ristorante vies for the spot. I can’t decide which meal we enjoyed better! You might be raising one eyebrow, “Italian food in Australia??” Yes – and it was really good! From the cosy ambience to our adorably warm waitstaff and the hearty food, we had such a great time here! The pasta menu is so customizable – you don’t have to stick with the categories because you can actually mix-and-match, and our server obliged when we requested to remove capsicums on our Sweet Chili Chicken pizza, even offering to replace it with something else, so we had mushrooms on it instead! We ordered a bottle of wine to celebrate the night, and couldn’t resist ending off with a slice of tiramisu cake. What a great way to end our trip!
So that’s all a round up of all the food places I’d recommend in Tasmania! I hope it was helpful – it should be a pretty comprehensive list covering the main areas of the island. If you have any other places that you loved, please do share in the comments below and I will be sure to check it out when I go there again next time!
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