It’s Official – Top Tassie Restaurants

And the Winner is…
The weekend has been awash with food reviews thanks to the release of Gourmet Traveller’s ‘2016 Australian Restaurant Guide’ AND The Australian Weekend ‘Hot 50 Restaurants’.
As a food destination, Tasmania has only ever enjoyed modest recognition in these culinary wrap-ups. This year’s no different, but the consensus is that relative new comer, Franklin, is Tasmania’s star on the national epicurean stage. It is in the company of some impressive names in The Australian, and it has ranked number 35 nationally by Gourmet Traveller, ‘..a big win for Hobart’ and a two star rating, otherwise known as ‘..a genuine dining experience, and worthy of a detour.’
We’re impressed by Chef, David Moyle too. The sea is the star attraction on his menu. For a state surrounded by water, Moyle plays homage to place by his choices. Read our post, Franklin for Dinner here.
Franklin Chef, David Moyle, image courtesy of Gourmet Traveller.
Hobart’s most recent addition, and peer to Franklin in The Australian Weekend is The Glass House. At the end of the Brooke Street is floor to ceiling glass. Inside is a bar and restaurant of impeccable quality like the Murano glass that lines its entrance. The Glass House is a destination. The Two Girls expect to see it listed more prominently than one of our best bars (although it
is) next year. Read our post on The Glass House here.
A big fan of GT, This Girl has been collecting since 1998. The annual restaurant guide is my bible for shortlisting restaurants for interstate visits. And I’ve always had a keen interest in how they rate my hometown too. Here’s the list of what got noticed by the GT team this year and a link to our blog post if we’ve reviewed them. Restaurants are listed according to how they rate in the guide. Apart from Franklin, there are no other top 100 restaurants, but you’ll find them in order of the quality of their wine list and the presence of good vegetarian options – the scale used for all listings in the guide.
Salmon sashimi, The Glass House
There’s no surprises here:
  • Me Wah, Sandy Bay – here’s when we went for Yum Cha. Me Wah is not short an accolade either, here’s another post on their own win, Me Wah a Winner.
  • The Source at MONA
  • Frank
  • Ethos Eat Drink
  • Smolt
  • Three Japanese
  • West Pumphouse – we’ve found to be hit and miss. For a restaurant, we prefer it as a bar. Here’s our post on five places we like to drink, A Wee Tipple.
  • Lebrina – who ALWAYS gets a nod in GT’s annual –It’s been years since I’ve eaten there. It must be time to go back.


Kushi set, Three Japanese
Black Cow Bistro and the remarkable, Stillwater, a regular in the annual GT list, get a mention for notable regional eating.
The GT guide also points you in the direction of best cafes, best cheap eats, best bars and more on regional options. It’s definitely worth a look and a serious resource for a national food tour.
Gourmet Traveller ‘2016 Australian Restaurant Guide’ is out now with the September edition of the magazine in good newsagents and a well stocked supermarket everywhere.
Who would you give Hobart’s top restaurant award to?


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