Garagistes: I recently read an article about Garagistes in Hobart in the Gourment Traveller Australia magazine (I think ?) --I had a trip planned to Tasmania so was excited to give it a try. Great space, lots of ambiance and way cooler than the CBD area around it. Great local wines, and great concept. I was solo but tried a few dishes (they are meant for sharing so there are smaller plates to larger main size dishes). Started with Bruny Island Oysters that were fresh and had that wonderful taste of the sea, then moved on to salt fish fritters with a lemon aioli-these were quite tasty, very similiar to Portugese salt cod fritters, cooked perfectly. Next up a Kingfish dish (I forget the details of the complements) the fish was thinly sliced, and had some great garnishes of refreshing fruits and veg. it was a good dish overall, felt like it could have used a "kick" of something, but good. The one thing that I didn't really like was the dessert, I tried an apple crumble with goat cheese icecream, the apple crumble part was okay-ish, but the ice cream was a let down, it just didn't taste right-and not like goat cheese at all-. (Had a great dessert wine though!) I would definitely give this place another try if in Hobart again.
Fish Frenzy: This place is very popular, I enjoyed it. Both myself and my dining companion had the 'Fish Frenzy"- fish, chips and other fried seafood-calamari and scallops. The fish and chips were the best part, so I would just stick with that if I went again. The calamari and scallops were okay-just not stand out. We also had a greek salad (a little weird I know, but they looked really good going by.) Just the traditional salad but it was done well. They did cool combos of fried or grilled seafood on top of salads, and this seemed like a very virtuous choice!
Overall, I had really great food and wine throughout my trip to Tasmania, even in some very unexpected little small towns. Local strawberries were in season, and it was fun trying different Pinot Noir's along the way.
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