26 Red

There is no denying the Two Girls love Hobart, but Tassie has a lot more to offer.
On a recent work trip to the north west coast the Two Girls and some colleagues were surprised how much they enjoyed an evening at 26 Red Cafe Restaurant in East Devonport.
East Devonport is undergoing a renaissance. You’ll find 26 Red en route to the Spirit of Tasmania in a street excited by some recent revitalisation. The restaurant decor is a hybrid of minimalism, modern and rustic – the wall in the foyer is lined with recycled pailings and these funky lights are a centrepiece.

Between the wine and frivolity we were served the most beautifully presented and tasty food. Have a look at some of what we ate.

Entree: Salt and Pepper Squid Salad $16.  No greens on this salad but it was accompanied by roasted walnuts, South Cape marinated fetta, crisp apple and pomegranate dressing.
Entree: Bruschetta, tomato, basil, spanish onion, olive oil, rocket and bocconcini $12
Entree: 26red Trio – a tasting each of Braised Pork Belly, Salt and Pepper Squid and Ocean Trout Salad $18
Entree: Pumpkin and Spinach Terrine from the entree menu.  Pumpkin, spinach, roasted zucchini, rocket and olive pesto $16
Main: Lamb, a marinated lamb fillet, sweet potato puree, parsnip and a beetroot glaze $28
Main: Chicken Breast.  Seared chicken, rocket, roasted beetroot, baby radish, spring onion, cashews, berry dressing, sour cream and sweet potato shards $28
Eye Fillet, a beef eye fillet with potato rosti, baby spinach, caramelised onion and beef jus $38
Main: Ocean Trout, seared ocena trout, roasted potato & chive mash, broccolini and hollandaise sauce $28
Bombe Alaska with liquorice ice cream, chocolate cake, meringue, raspberry coulis and sambucca $12.

One of the Two Girls couldn’t leave without having the Bombe Alaska. It’s been a lifelong desire to try one. Rather than toasting the meringue coat brulee-style, the dessert was drenched with the sambucca and set alight which resulted in lots of ooh’s and aah’s from the table, but did leave the meringue a little charred and looking rather like a sea creature. It was worth trying even though she is not a big sambucca fan and the flavours were not easy friends.

Layered chocolate semifreddo with berries, white chocolate and chocolate ganache $12
The every reliable Affogato, vanilla ice cream and an espresso shot $7
Rhubarb Brulee, presented in a mug many of us have either owned or our parents owed, very quaint, along with thubarb ice cream $12
Musk Sensation, iced chocolate and coconut, musk mousse and musk sorbet $12, aka the pick of the desserts
All in all it was a great night, full of team bonding, good food and exceptional presentation, in a restaurant new to all of us. We also benefited from their great customer service, particularly when one of the other diners asked that we be quietened down, they repectfully said that we were there to enjoy ourselves and we might be a little loud, but we were not badly behaved!




What local restaurant have you given a try lately?


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