Recent reviews

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The Whaler

Hickey says their philosophy is to “under promise and over deliver”...... In most respects, Hickey’s ‘over delivering’ is right.

Stone and Barrow

Just as important, behind the food there’s an admirable ethos of honesty about the place, what they’re doing, the way they’re doing it and the plans they have for the future.

Dandy Lane

Dandy’s combination of goat fetta, soft herbs, grain toast and a refreshingly sharp lemon dressing through the avocado was one of our better versions.

The Farm Shed – East Coast Wine Centre

It‘s bringing life to Bicheno, is perfectly pitched to the tourist trade and Helen and Subi are doing all facets exceptionally well.

Taj Palace

Taj Palace menu does as good a job as any I’ve seen in presenting the best of the country’s rich, culinary diversity.

Stefano Lubiana’s Osteria

...from the olives with excellent house-made focaccia through to the finale of Kliiman’s Nona’s apple tart was exceptionally good.

Shoreline Hotel Bistro

Whether you’re dining or reviewing, your assessment surely needs to be in context.

AWU Delicious Food

But the real pleasure comes when you visit a place that, for whatever reason, you’d written off, was never on your radar and find how mistaken you’d been.

Rude Boy

Amazing. Cool. Awesome - according to the cocktail-drinking Face Book generation. Allow me instead to simply say fabulous. A fabulous concept. Fabulous that the authorities approved it and a fabulous addition to the city’s nightlife.

Dier Makr Wine Bar Bistro Cellar

....and slow-cooked pork neck whose succulent sweetness was set against the tartness of grilled peach.


It seemed that many others wanted to eat that sort of food as well for the place was buzzing, mainly with locals – which is always a good sign - on a Friday night a fortnight ago.


......they answered “Yes, it was fun”. And ‘fun’ is a frequent descriptor in Kosaten’s on-line reviews.

Fico Bistro and Vino

Lunch rounded off with two outstanding desserts – a warm, wonderfully light and fluffy pistachio soufflé with vanilla crème anglais and a French-inspired white chocolate and peach coulant.

Landscape Restaurant and Grill

..a menu of “re-imagined classics” from an “ingredient-focused kitchen” and Executive Chef Ollie Mellers says the restaurant’s “sole purpose is to present a most memorable dining experience”.

Born in Brunswick

...and in employing the latest sous vide, fermentation and pickling techniques to create up-to-the-minute dishes that, in their multicultural complexity, are full of surprises and exceed expectations at every turn.

Miss Jane

Then followed one of my tastiest dishes of the year – the chef’s take on prawn toast

Quartermasters Arms – Bar and Eatery

That let down however was more than made up for by the best - no, let’s say almost the only - slow-cooked meat dish I’ve enjoyed in Hobart

Red Velvet Lounge

After a fire, a long restoration and a brief closure, Cygnet’s Red Velvet Lounge is back in business. Back in business but heading in a different direction

Restaurant Tasman, Hotel Grand Chancellor

I feel the restaurant now offers a much more enjoyable experience for our locals and, most importantly, our tourists and the hotel’s conference guests

The Texan Pantry

Two things set the dishes apart. The dishes’ vibrant spicings and juices and, although slow-cooked to tenderness, the meats had retained their essential flavour, juiciness and texture.

Bento – Japanese in a Box

Our small bento box when it came was indeed small but the tempura batter on the two prawns and assorted vegetables was as light and crisp as the best you’ll find anywhere

Sawak Cafe

Sawak offers many Malaysian dishes that the city has not seen since the long gone days of the Malaysian Tea House

Little Missy Patisserie and Pastry Studio

The pastries and cakes are exquisite, the coffee’s great, the service staff delightful, prices are reasonable and….... it’s that experience that makes an array of deceptively simple, flavour-packed classics so good

The Black Footed Pig Tapas Bar and Kitchen

As operators of the very successful Daci and Daci Bakers ... I found they’d turned the restaurant and business around with much improved acoustics, new pictures and wine decorations professional staff, a revitalised atmosphere and, most importantly, much improved food.

Gabriels on the Bay

Nothing oily, chips not burnt or soggily limp and batter that was fresh, properly adhered to the fish and crunched to the bite but didn’t shatter. Excellent ...

A Tiny Place Cafe

The most enjoyable dish at lunch was a dramatically coloured serving of spanner crab in tomato sauce with good, black, squid ink linguine, one of the better spanner crab dishes around

Poseidon Restaurant

There is even good old Aussie fish and chips. So, given that you enjoy seafood, there is literally something for everyone.

Post Street Social

keeping it trendy, dishes are divided into ‘pickings’, ‘smaller plates” and “something more”

Namaska Indian

Since the restaurant has been around since 2003, I thought it high time I checked it out!


...the two dishes that we all felt did great credit to the chef were a perfectly blue-cooked, warm-in-the middle Cape Grim eye fillet and an equally perfectly cooked and flavoured wild mushroom risotto redolent of porcini and without any truffle oil cheating to spoil it

Patanella Cafe

The hand made pasta is exceptional and Chef, Lisa Quinn, does the various pastas more than justice with her ingredients and sauces. It is all really very very good.

Hearth Pizza and Small Plates

....but the stars of the show, those dishes that best showcase Clark’s talent and Hearth’s understated and refined excellence, are the dozen or so small plate combinations


Hamlet is a café with a 'social conscience”, a not-for-profit, community-based enterprise offering migrants, underprivileged Tasmanians and the long-term unemployed a helping hand by providing them with hospitality skills, confidence and, more than just a piece of paper, practical work experience.

Pearl + Co

By way of checking the kitchen’s skill with meat we then ordered lamb cutlets. Beautifully tender, cooked rare and dressed with a finely composed salsa verde, they really couldn’t have been bettered

Patria Della Pasta

Looking again at the menu ‘ox tail’ is clearly what the small print said. So, my fault, but why call it osso bucco when it ain’t?

Salty Dog

That it’s been an instant success since opening a month ago is little wonder given that the new lessees are such multi-talented people as ...........

Chinese Tasty BBQ Restaurant

How does the kitchen keep so many ingredients and sauces fresh?

Devils Corner Cellar Door

It may not lift the taste of the food, but, like good design and excellent service, a fabulous view certainly enhances any dining experience

The Bay Restaurant

First course for us was a dish of freshly made gnocchi in a savoury sauce that would have made any Italian nonna proud

St Albi Bar and Eatery

The pick of our entrees was the tender, crisp and beautifully spicy Szechuan squid which was as good as the best spiced squid rings or strips in town

Peacock and Jones Restaurant and Wine Bar

Less convincing was a shared Huon Valley sirloin on the bone showing that even with expert grilling, a chef can’t do much with inferior raw material


And a tastebud adventure is precisely what they deliver at Syra in dishes variously spiced, marinated or partnered with such exotica as pomegranate, saffron, sumac, cardamom, labne, harissa, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, zaatar, freekah, fattoush, haloumi, toasted almonds, chermoula and so on

Sons of Baja

the hand-cut tortilla chips and tacos taste nicely of the corn masa from which they’re made, the guacamole was delicious as was the re-fried bean quesadillas accompanied by a beautifully flavoured tomato salsa

Smolt Kitchen

...the pomegranate molasses and date syrup saucing of the afore-mentioned duck carpaccio was delicious as were the lamb and currant meatballs with yoghurt and harissa

Pepperberries Garden Cafe

...For example, the house-made mustard pickles and pickled zucchini lifted an everyday smoked ham and cheddar toastie to another level.

The French Bistro – Riversdale Estate

..what came was one of the most tender, perfectly cooked and rested beef sirloins of my life followed by a confit leg and poached breast of duck that couldn’t, I feel, be bettered

Pancho Villa Tequila Bar

the boys behind Burger Haus, Regazzi and Capital have done it again, turning the old ANZ bank in North Hobart into a very stylish American/Mexican bar that is unique to Hobart

Urban Greek

The menu is huge and, after two visits, we still haven’t done head chef Vissarion Batras’ food and Zaharioudakis Pavlos’ pastries justice

Local Pizza pays to be adventurous for, while the names might be quirky, the ingredients, topping combinations and the crisp, thin, hand-stretched bases themselves are first class.


.... it’s the complexity and tangy deliciousness in both components and flavours in the food that sets Aloft apart and delivers a new and exciting interpretation of Asia to the Hobart scene

Templo the only reason to go to Templo is for the food. And that’s reason enough, for the food is exceptional.


And, for the first time in my memory, in Succulent they’ve created the sort of place that in all respects does the Gardens justice with a non-pretentious menu ideally tailored to its market

Coal Valley Vineyard Restaurant

says Christian, “it’s great to be back. Instead of a proper restaurant as we were doing in the earlier days, we now consider ourselves to be simply a vineyard offering food with our wines. The food is simpler, prices are lower and, after all the years, our wines are even better"

PerMission to Eat

Battered women feel no need to be apprehensive or embarrassed. To sit at a table and order a meal or just coffee and cake provides, for them, a respite of normalcy in an otherwise troubled day or week.

Coal Valley Farm

So, while the lunch was a bit mixed, the service was excellent, there’s a concise and well-priced list of local wines, a big choice of Tassie beers and ciders and, as you’d expect, a wide variety of chocolate drinks and desserts

Twelve Stones

The food and portion sizes are just what you need if you’re off to plough a paddock or fell a forest. But what impressed me most was the consistent quality of the cooking

Arirang Korean and Chinese Restaurant

And so it was a new experience and an interesting dinner. But with unusual but very traditional menu items like pork backbone stew, beef tripe hot pot, their BBQ meats and plenty of chilli-spiked dishes, there’s lots there to try next time.

The Glasshouse

While the presentation across all dishes was eye catching, the prettiest, if not the most original, dish of the night was a baby beetroot, sheep cheese and quinoa salad with orange miso dressing which tasted as good as it looked.

Barilla Bay Restaurant

......the menu features a full page of fresh and cooked oyster options running from natural with various toppings, through crumbed and fried to different oyster shooters and a seafood chowder

Ivory Cafe

Next came two curries, a mildly spiced black pepper curry with pork and a delicious and deeply complex red curry of duck with the flavours of Thai basil, Kaffir lime, chilli, coconut and Gum’s red curry paste all beautifully melded together

Dunalley Waterfront Cafe and Gallery

And I’ve found over that time that the consistent excellence of the food and service ..................... make it one of the most enjoyable luncheon eateries in the state.

Sush Train

In the past 12 months – and despite the sad loss of Garagistes - Hobart has experienced a lift in the quality and diversity of its restaurant scene like never before. Sush Train is another to add to your list

Signal Station Brasserie probably fits their pattern of trade – dips and pate for the walkers and sightseers, likewise the desserts for the morning and afternoon coffee and cake trade and the mains for those, like us, in for a more substantial lunch

Le Provencal

So, we in Hobart are inordinately blessed to have what was once one of France’s national treasures, a family-run restaurant like Le Provencal, where everything is made in house using fresh local products cooked in a style that is both traditional and personal.

The Taroona Hotel

There were a dozen whole, tail-on prawns tossed through linguine with a nicely balanced garlic, lemon, white wine and cream sauce. And a steak knife was stabbed through the steak sandwich to stop the overflowing ingredients escaping.

Straight Up Coffee and Food

They make everything in house from roasting their own coffee beans, making their low-sugar jams, bottled fruits and granola, baking four types of bread daily and serving food which is as innovative as it is flavoursome and appealingly presented


it’s Lebrina’s longevity and the consistent high quality of its food, wine and service that make it a great restaurant and which, despite changing fashions and the hyped comings and goings in the dining scene around it, means it remains Tasmania’s best restaurant – a position it’s occupied for over two decades.

The Dragon Bowl

The dishes were so good that I asked Wang why he didn’t replace some of the many Chinese usuals on his menu with more Sichuan specialties. “Because too many people say they’re too hot and spicy and send them back”, he said.

Frogmore Creek Restaurant

while the changes and functional upgrades have been beautifully done, together they’ve also provided a new air of contemporary sophistication to the whole Frogmore operation


Overall I feel that with the minimalist decor, the style of the food and wines, the fact that you can only reserve a table by booking online, and that, after two months, from opening, the service is still patchy and the restaurant only serves filtered coffee, leads me to wonder if Franklin will prove to be as “inclusive”, as Moyle would like

Frank Restaurant and Bar

the food is as much fun as the décor with lots of lime, tomato and chilli dressings, pickles and marinades and different salsas which.....

Room for a Pony

the chai-infused rice porridge with pomegranate molasses and beautifully baked pear from their all-day breakfast list was a delicious start to the day

The Astor Grill

...the fact that, on the day, there was an ex-Premier at one table with two business suits and another mixed-threesome in for a long, four-hour lunch, would indicate that the Astor is still attracting much the same cross-section of clientele as it did in its heyday.


By way of introduction, their menu states “Our role in life is to feed people. A lot. We can’t help it. Buon appetito!”

Three Japanese Charcoal Grill

And, in its elegant simplicity and delicious balance of umami-rich savouriness, chawanmushi is one of those dishes that, for me, effectively sums up her restaurant’s ethos and appeal.

Westend Pumphouse Eatery and Bar – Revisited

I’ll be back for the buzz, those entrees and, with some friends, to pre-order one of those pigs.

Hope and Anchor Tavern

...but retro can be fun and when the food came the chef had, on the whole, done a good job.

Vanidols Asian Cuisine

But, while I see it as a problem and won’t be rushing back, OK, middle-of-the-road Thai is just what many others want and they’re the ones who will keep Vanidols pumping well into its third decade

Kinoko Deli

and then there’s a freezer with a selection of fish roes, soused mackerels, sausages, dumpling skins and even Japanese ice creams

Peking Restaurant

“We always come here”, she said. “For us, it’s not the nearest, or the cheapest, but the food is brilliant”.

The Winston Alehouse and Eatery

.......As a result it was gum-tender but still beautifully moist with no stringiness, the still-intact connective tissues providing succulence and flavour.,, and, with their food, beers, atmosphere and prices, The Winston is proving a winner

Smolt (revisited)

..Seven years on, I feel the same way – our lunch an assortment of delightful small dishes, the main courses at dinner far less satisfying

Republic Bar and Cafe

Equally enjoyable was a generous and flavoursome seafood paella, chock full of prawns, clams, fish, mussels and good chorizo, the rice lightly spiced with Spanish smoked paprika.

Soup Stop

And now for something completely different – for me certainly and, as far as I know, for Hobart. Indian vegetarian street food in the now misleadingly named Soup Stop. Dr Harcharan Kaur gave up a hospital administration position in Chandigarah in her native Punjab to come to Tasmania six years ago to see her two […]

Pier One Restaurant and Bar

...Instead it seems caught in a time warp, almost as if nobody involved has bothered to look upstream to see what culinary changes the city has experienced over the past decade

Lubiana Vineyard Osteria

Monique added, “We want the food to be the simple, rustic, fresh and healthy, traditional style that you find in family-run osterias in Italy”.

Pollen Tea Room

The style of food is announced on a specials blackboard headed GF, SF, DF, VG and RAW which, for me, spelled “Graeme, what are you doing here?”

Cornelian Bay Boathouse

we were pleasantly surprised when some excellent ciabatta bread and our first courses at dinner arrived, however, written like a ho-hum shopping list of ingredients for each dish, the fairly conservative, something-for-everyone menu doesn’t do much to excite the juices

All Thai – North Hobart

“Here, says chef Savayos Malayanond, we’re always trying new dishes and I try to make no compromises or take any shortcuts”.

Cable Station Restaurant

In the restaurant the small and regularly changing menu is a celebration of both the season and the abundance of local produce

Ristorante Da Angelo it turned out, Da Angelos was celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The Burger Haus

To say the place is “hip” or “cool” would probably just show how totally unhip and uncool I really am

Frogmore Creek Restaurant

This, together with a glance at Kootman’s rough new menu ideas suggest that, whatever the operational changes that might take place, the restaurant’s future would appear to be in very good hands.

Mrs Jones Restaurant Bar Lounge

...your expectations on being seated are that you’re in for a superior dining experience.

Pilgrim Coffee

....crowded retro furnishings and an overall warehouse feel that contrasts with the beautifully plated, contemporary and innovative food served out of the pocket-handkerchief-sized kitchen

Reflections (Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania)

The car park was full, the spacious bar and alfresco deck were buzzing and Reflections was rapidly filling up .......


Miyabi is like no other Japanese restaurant in Tasmania.

Written on Tea (City location)

Altogether a fabulous feast and, working out at $23 a head without wine, surely one of the city’s exceptional bargains.

The Picnic Basket

...if the queues for takeaways and the mix of families, workmen, young and old coffee-ing, snacking and lunching inside and outside the other day was any indication, Taroona is very happy he did......


In composition and presentation, in the interplay of flavours and textures and the precision of the cooking, each dish by itself at lunch was faultless. Cumulatively, over nine dishes from soup to dessert, “amazing” seemed about right.

Chatterbox Malaysian Singapore

It’s easy to dismiss Chatterbox as just another of the North Hobart strip’s cheap Asian takeaways – which it isn’t.

Cultura Espresso Bar & Restaurant

Perfectly dressed fettuccini aglio olio and the best spaghetti puttanesca I’ve had in a long time.

Katmandu Cuisine

This is Hobart’s first ever restaurant to be inspired by the foods and flavours of Nepal and Tibet.

The Lotus Eaters Cafe

In a previous review I wrote “the best, most varied and perfectly cooked café food in the state”. Six years on, I’m happy to say that is still my opinion.

My Slice of Pie

The views of Sleeping Beauty are, as promised, magnificent and we thoroughly enjoyed our soup, scones and pastries.

Taco Taco

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The Duchess Cafe

It was all so good, I returned for lunch.

Rin Japanese

It was indeed a brave move to set up a Japanese restaurant in what, in dining terms, is on the corner of nowhere... (but) in true Japanese style, the intricately woven flavours are subtly delicate and harmonious.

Daci and Daci

Some of the tastiest and most reasonably priced bakery and pastry treats in the CBD.

The Source

A most memorable experience - by far the best I’ve had in Tasmania and, for me, among the best ever.

Mu Lan Restaurant

Full, and turning over tables downstairs on a Monday night, Mu Lan is an enjoyable and very welcome addition to the North Hobart strip.


It’s two particular Sichuan-influenced dishes, as well as Jo’s smiling service, that sets the restaurant apart and, I feel, deserve to win Hejo’s wider exposure.

Westend Pumphouse

The food actually felt and tasted like dinner, and the ’07 Pierro Mancini Cannonau from Sardinia was the most enjoyable, food-friendliest drop I’ve had in a local restaurant in a long time.


I think Italians must be born with an extra gene – a hospitality gene.

Beltana Hotel

Of an evening, the menu expands to include entrees like fried cotechino, white beans and piccalilli, a modernised prawn cocktail and a goat cheese, beetroot and walnut tart plus mains of fresh fish, duck, slow-cooked lamb, grilled wallaby and beef Wellington.

Josef Chromy Restaurant

The wines are top notch and reasonably priced, and the service excellent, friendly and professional.

Italian Pantry

Only a few local eateries go much beyond the pizza and pasta clichés, but one that does is the Italian Pantry.

Prossers on the Beach

The ultimate professional, Michael Prosser has brought a new sense of service, order and hospitality to the floor.

Ginger Brown

Like the slightly funky, bohemian atmosphere of the place itself, there’s nothing fussy, tizzed-up or pretentious about any of the food. It's simply good cooking of an intelligently thought out and balanced menu.

Shoebox Cafe

A blending of Asian and Western flavours as bright as the owner's welcoming smile and so fresh that I could almost feel it doing me good.

Pasha’s Cafe and Restaurant

Johnny-come-years-late is not a good position for a food reviewer to be in. But Pasha's was good. Very good, in fact.

The New Sydney Hotel

Good food, great staff, 12 beers on tap, some interesting wines at good prices and live music in a real, ungentrified pub chock-full of atmosphere, character and a colourful, mixed and mixed-age crowd.

The Stackings, Peppermint Bay

It’s great to see the restaurant’s food and wine once again delivering on the promise held out by Peppermint Bay’s fabulous location and equally fabulous design.

Sapa Rose

Hoang Bui brings some interesting and very enjoyable new dishes to Hobart including some that will take anyone who has visited Vietnam straight back to its street markets.

The Brunswick Hotel

It’s good to see the Brunswick given a new lease of life and a modern makeover.

Cultura Espresso Bar & Restaurant

Apart from the excellent food, what is it that makes Solo Pasta and Pizza in Sandy Bay one of the most popular of the many similar Italian eateries in town?

The Source

As most restaurants do in Europe, Chef Philippe Lebain simply gets the best and most interesting produce he can, from wherever.

Cargo Bar Pizza Lounge

There are the usuals like Hawaiian, Margherita, garlic and pepperoni, but what does one make of a hoi sin duck pizza? Or a baby abalone pizza with croutons?

Mezethes Greek Taverna

As authentically Greek in style and flavours as you’re likely to get this far from Athens.

The Point

A menu perfectly tailored to the restaurant’s mixed regulars, special-occasionalist and tourist market and much better than many that have disappointed at The Point before.

Pierre’s on George

The new owners, Sarah and Rohan Birchmore, and designer/consultant chef, Xavier Mouche, have transformed Pierre's into an ultra-stylish bistro with timeless, quintessential, uncomplicated and comforting French fare.


Stillwater was relaunched in August with new partners joining the remaining long-time owners, a new kitchen, new chef, new menus, new food style and an interior remodelling.

Sweet Envy

If you can’t count the street numbers, you’ll find it by the oohs and ahhs of people stopped in their tracks by the window display!

Grape Bar and Bottleshop

While always pleasant enough, some recent changes see Grape deserving to take off.

Bay Views Restaurant

Now with new owners, but the same young chef, Dane Kendal, it joins Wild and Rialto as one of the best dining options on the Central Coast.

Blue Eye

A whole lot more than fish 'n chips to tempt your palate on the waterfront!

Black Cow

If you associate beef with steak-house blokiness, think again!