From French to South American, Thai to Middle Eastern, Hobart now offers a wide range of dining experiences for a city with just 220,000 people. The area around Salamanca Place is dotted with interesting eating establishments including Smolt, Maldini's and Monty’s On Montpelier, while the area around Sullivans Cove and North Hobart are other popular dining precincts.
Located in what used to be part of the Hobart Mercury newspaper building, industrial-chic Franklin is the new home for the talents of former Peppermint Bay chef David Moyle, whose dishes from an open kitchen are both innovative and artistic. The contemporary menu changes daily and the wine list showcases “natural” wines.
A recent arrival from the team behind long-time favourite Smolt, Frank specialises in flavours of Argentina and Peru; from steaks with chimichuri sauce and salsa picante to empanadas or ceviche. A bustling spot that tends to stay open late and focuses on red wines from Chile and Argentina.
One of the stars of the summer season, this is Hobart's first authentic Lebanese eatery since Ali Akbar in North Hobart two decades ago. Run by two brothers from a Lebanese family it serves up dishes to share intensively flavoured manoushes and blue eye trevalla with eggplant relish.
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Star local chef Iain Todd focuses on share plates and fresh local produce at his showcase eatery in an impressive space overlooking an 1820s stable yard set back from one of Hobart's main shopping streets. Innovative set menus with each dish paired with a matching glass of wine.
A classy but tiny European-style bistro from a polished and experienced team, casual Templo is Hobart's current dining darling du jour. The blackboard menu changes daily depending on what is fresh and available but may include local octopus with nduja sausage, or a gnocchi with broccoli and chilli.
Hobart's beautiful people and savvy visitors hang out at the end of Brook Street Pier, sipping on cocktails and sampling Asian-inspired share plates that feature: “organic vegetables from farmers, soft sheep milk cheeses and oysters plucked from the Southern Ocean”.
For the best Cantonese food in the state, and knowledgeable, gracious service, head to the inner beach suburb of Sandy Bay, where you'll find Me Wah in a dull-looking shopping centre. Think white tablecloths, swish wines and impressive dishes like Sichuan duck or five-spice squid.
Overlooking the River Derwent on the Brooke Street Pier, Aloft has food to match the views; chefs Glenn Byrnes and Christian Ryan crafting an eclectic and innovative selection of dishes in an open kitchen; think shiitake dumplings, or crispy deep-fried quail with lime and pepperberry.,
Located in the remodelled former premises of the late lamented Garagistes in Murray Street, Urban Greek is the real thing; a family-friendly Greek eatery that serves all the traditional favourites like dolmades, tzatziki, skordalia, moussaka, yiros, rafiola and baklava.
The ultimate urban deli, the Wursthaus is the “go to” location to anyone staying in self-catering accommodation. It has its own butchery, a large selection of cured meats and cheeses, breads and ready-to-heat dishes as well as an excellent selection of local and imported wines.