A weekend in Hobart

We’d spent some time before in Tasmania, doing some hiking around Cradle Mountain. It’s a beautiful part of the world. It demanded a return visit, this time to Hobart and surrounds.

It was an ideal weekend away with convenient flight times from Sydney. So we found ourselves in Fish Frenzy on the harbour ordering the seafood platter at 7.45pm on Friday night, forgoing the martini this once:

Not the typical seafood platter I’m used to with crab, lobster and plenty of small crustaceans. This dish was more dominated by freshly prepared mixes – such as squid with chilli, curried mussels, but there was still plenty of great fish/seafood to standout with excellent smoked salmon, sweet prawns & well fried flathead. With a decent bottle of Reisling it was good value for money and although not a classic, it made for a fine Friday night.

We followed this up with lunch at Mures Lower Deck the next day, which we preferred to Fish Frenzy. Simply served and excellent value, the oysters were great and out on the deck, with a carafe of wine, basking in the sun, it was a lovely place to be.

Continuing the gastronomic delights we decided to check out Marque IV which was till recently the place to dine in Hobart. Like the other places we visited it had a lovely harbour location. However ambience was a touch lacking with it only being two thirds full. The chefs in the open kitchen looked pretty relaxed.

Clearly we’d eaten a fair bit of food & fish already so we stuck to a light meal, of sorts. This meant steak tartare…

Wot no frites?! It was a nicely prepared tartare, with the individual ingredients well defined, but the seasoning was a little bland and too subtle for my liking. Maybe steak tartares belong in the brasserie with frites, salad and a bottle of tabasco…

My wife had the assiette of pork – loin & belly, which she really enjoyed, though like the tartare it was a little on the petite side for a main course.

We finished with a plate of cheese – a good broad selection and clearly well maintained.  So we didn’t really give Marque IV a fair go, but I didn’t get the impression that is what the sort of place to inspire & elevate the senses, so the jury is still out.

Before we left we decided to check out Bruny Island and stumbled across The Smokehouse there and grabbed a piece of smoked salmon, which we classily paired with some chips from Mure.

I picture it (and so lowering the tone of this post) because it was one of the finest pieces of smoked fish I’ve had. So if you’re in that neck of the woods, along with Mures, it’s something you have to seek out.

We will be back.

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