01-Feb-2013 | The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Chef Hat award winners for 2013 have been announced and eight of Business Events Tasmania's member restaurants were awarded the great honour of a chef's hat for 2013.Inspectors dine anonymously; their reviews and the votes of the dining public, who generously send in their comments, determine these results.
The Stackings at Peppermint BayWoodbridge Restaurants TAS - Modern Australian
In historic Woodbridge 30 minutes south of Hobart, The Stackings at Peppermint Bay is an unmissable dining experience. The restaurant offers sophisticated dining set against breathtaking views of Bruny Island and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. Utilising the freshest local seafood and produce, mostly from on site gardens, the menu offers inventive and mouth-watering dishes like fresh Tasmanian periwinkles and succulent eye fillet steaks. Try warm salad of grilled calamari, salted turnip, fennel and pollen, or white rabbit saddle paired with pancetta, smoked onion, chicory and mustard. There's a decadent dessert menu for sweet tooths and the terrace bar is a spectacular spot for a drink.
The Source at MonaBerriedale Restaurants TAS - Modern Australian
15 minutes from Hobart's CBD, overlooking the tranquil River Derwent, is The Source Restaurant at Moorilla Tasmania's 2nd oldest vineyard. Enjoy a selection of tantalising Mediterranean and Modern Australian dishes prepared with local produce from small producers. The river & winery views are simply spectacular and the wine list reflects a passion for not only Moorilla wine, but quality International drops. The frequently changing menu may include: spanner crab, smoked oyster, pedro ximénez jelly, foie gras cubes or roast duck breast, medium rare, caramelised almond, turnip, lime, ginger, olive.
Meadowbank EstateCambridge Restaurants TAS - International
There's an essence of majestic appeal at Meadowbank Estate restaurant in Cambridge; there's no air of pretension here and it exudes natural beauty and warmth. Just 15 minutes from Hobart, the drive will take you through the superb Coal River Valley wine region. Inside, a stylish dining area boasts floor to ceiling windows with spectacular vineyard views. Service is brisk and accomplished but the food emerges as the highlight. You might kick off with saffron gnocchi, mussels and coriander cream, following with slow cooked lamb rump and shoulder, onion puree, roasted garlic and rosemary jus. Don't leave without trying dessert - perhaps a raspberry soufflé with vanilla bean ice-cream.
Henry's RestaurantHobart City Restaurants TAS - Modern Australian
Signature restaurant of Hobart's Henry Jones Art Hotel, Henry's Restaurant is a venue that certainly knows how to make a mark. First, there's the bold yet elegantly restrained interior, combining rustic wooden pillars from the hotel's former factory existence with red walls showcasing striking artworks. Then there's the food. Driven by local produce and divided into ‘Classic' and ‘Evolution' sections, acclaimed chef Andre Kropp's menu creates a point of difference, embracing both the traditional and the innovative. Expect dishes like the fourteen hour cooked short rib, a unique take on beef bourguignon with roast potato cubes, house cured honey bacon and mushroom shortbread, matched by an award-winning wine selection.
Alexanders RestaurantHobart City Restaurants TAS - Modern Australian
Alexanders Restaurant is set in a grand colonial mansion in the historic centre of Salamanca Place at Tasmania's Battery Point. The building was established in 1874 & encapsulates both the character & charm of that era. The menu offers modern Australian cuisine with diverse cultural influences. Only the finest, seasonal produce is sourced for the sumptuous dishes, designed to capture the essence of lighter style foods. Alexanders has gluten & lactose free options for the health conscious diner.
PalateFreycinet Restaurants TAS - Modern Australian
Multi-course degustation menus matched with outstanding local wines are designed around what is available fresh from the water or paddock that day and as such we publish new menus for each day. Our chef welcomes your input for a masterful interpretation of your favourite dish made from the finest local ingredients. Of course, you can also choose from our daily changing à la carte menu. Panoramic views are also on the menu, making it the perfect place for romantic getaways. The service is genuine and relaxed, cultured and discerning - with a warmth and friendliness our knowledgeable team takes pride in.
Cove Bar and RestaurantGeorge Town Restaurants TAS - Modern Australian
With authentically Tasmanian views out onto the water through ceiling high glass windows, Cove Bar and Restaurant is the Launceston place to relax, be it over a meal with friends or a special someone. The seasonally changing menu may include: for entree Chilli & Chive Salt and Pepper Calamari and for main Twice cooked pork belly with garlic & pecorino couscous, lime pomegranate & mizuna.
The Terrace RestaurantLaunceston Restaurants TAS - Modern Australian
Set against the lush green backdrop of the Country Club Tasmania, just outside Launceston, is the multi-award winning Terrace Restaurant. Here, in classically elegant surrounds opening out to a wide terrace, diners can experience outstanding contemporary cuisine matched with an exceptional wine list. The menu changes frequently to reflect the finest Tasmanian produce on offer, but might include the ‘seafood taste' entrée of lime aioli, lemon flash fried calamari, pickled baby octopus, ginger tempura scallops, and natural and Vietnamese dressed oyster. The opportunity to select your wine from The Terrace Restaurant's 2,400-bottle wine room, custom designed from Tasmanian blackwood and expertly compiled by sommelier Peter Dillon, is one not to be missed.
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