Walking into The Whaler brings back many memories of the old Knopwood days sans your shoes sticking to the carpet.
The look is pretty much the same inside but stripped back; giving you a chance to take in the beautiful stained glass bar that tells the history of Hobart from European settlement, the whaling industry and expeditions to Antarctica.
They’ve given the outside a welcoming casual look with the addition of tables and benches and some old cray pots converted to tables, fitting seamlessly into the historical look of beautiful Salamanca.
This Girl and James’ Mum decided to check them out for lunch while our Hobart weather was still inviting us to eat outdoors.
I chose their ‘not your average cheeseburger’ which is a beautifully seasoned 100% Tasmanian beef patty, with a melty top of double cheese, mustard mayo and ketchup; made even better with the addition of the crunch of red onion and pickles. Definitely not average and could become an addiction. I also paid a little more and got my fries topped with Rita’s Red beans, we’re not sure who Rita is but her beans are full of punchy spicy flavour and fresh coriander. James’ Mum is a fan of flathead and chose their fish and chips, a winner in her eyes crunchy batter and perfectly cooked fish inside.
If you like your fries topped with something different they have a selection of toppings to choose from such as their roast chicken and thyme gravy or 24 hr pulled pork and pineapple. A serve of those would be enough to satisfy your lunchtime needs.
Their blackboard appears to be ever changing; providing snippets of what they have on offer for both food and to a larger degree their on tap ales and upcoming offerings.
What you get at The Whaler is a casual vibe, great friendly service and some yummy really affordable food. It has quickly become a sunny day lunchtime favourite destination for This Girl.
Their kitchen is open for meals 7 days a week from 12 noon to 9pm. The drinks are still available long after the kitchen has closed!
Keep an eye on their Facebook page to find updates on what’s happening.
The Whaler is located at 39 Salamanca Place (old Knopwoods).