We finally made it to Hobart. Late last year Mr O suggested we fly to Hobart for the Easter long weekend and surprisingly we all agreed within minutes. Flights were booked on New Year’s Eve between a few caprioska and negroni pre-drinks before our dinner at Bishop Sessa. We instantly knew there was an epic food adventure ahead of us.
Arriving in Hobart on Good Friday morning we checked into our accommodation (the amazing Gibson’s Mill Apartments) and headed out for a bite to eat. Little had we considered it was Good Friday (or even the Easter Long Weekend) and many establishments would be closed. But in the end we decided to wander down to the wharf, just a single block from our apartment and where we’d seen lots of people, to search of a feed. We came across Elizabeth St Pier and spotted T42. Lex remembered a few people had mentioned it to us prior to our departure. Done deal.
Bruny Island oysters natural ($29.00 per dozen).
Following on from Monopole it seemed like a no brainer for Mr O and I to order some oysters to start our Tasmanian oyster feast. And of course there is nothing better than the local produce, and more specifically Bruny Island oysters. ‘When in Rome’ may have been uttered and that in turn meant a dozen oysters natural to start it all off.
A customary dash of lemon and I was off. I realised I was already 5 down before Mr O had even cracked his 3rd. They were phenomenal, so fresh and juicy and creamy and everything good that oysters should be. We knew Lex had to try one so the generous soul I am gifted my last – and thankfully it was well received.
Robbins Island Wagyu burger, smoked cheddar, bacon, English mustard mayonnaise and rocket, served with fries ($23.00).
I did have a few thoughts about what to order, obviously it would be some form of beef but it was hard to choose. A grass-fed Tasmanian porterhouse or a Robbins Island Wagyu burger? Life can be tough. I don’t know what swayed me but the burger won.
My first impression was there were a lot of things going on and they were not just your normal burger participants. I slowed down a little and found everything I was looking for. Instantly the tender beef was bursting with flavour, juicy and cooked ever so well, the perfect rocket punch, a big strong cheddar hit bringing the bacon in line and the all-important English mustard mayonnaise to make for a burger of epic proportions.
Crumbed market fish, fries, tartare and dressed leaves (Market Price).
Maybe to do the complete opposite of the guys or maybe because the fish of the day was Gem fish, but either way the girls opted for fish and chips (secretly I think it was the scent of fish & chips from the restaurant next door wafting over that swung the vote). Light and fluffy fish encrusted in a crisp and well cooked crumb, the gem fish was wonderful. The dressed leaves comprised mostly of rocket making it the perfect salad to go with the fish.
Cider for the girls and Little Creatures Pale Ale for the boys, the perfect accompaniments for fish, chips and burgers in the Tassie sun, and pretty much a spot on start for our short Tasmanian adventure.
Tavern 42 Degrees South (T42)
Elizabeth Street Pier
Hobart TAS 7000
(03) 6224 7742
Tavern 42 Degrees South Website